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#1 Horsepower


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Posted 20 March 2022 - 04:49 AM

Does anyone have an idea or ideas or maybe a video tutorial on how to build a lake that looks realistic? I have one of the old Car Model series but it is in black and white and kind of faded. Anything would be a help.

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Posted 20 March 2022 - 06:03 AM

I can only recommend checking out model railroading sites. 

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Posted 20 March 2022 - 06:12 AM

 Woodland Scenic has a book on how to do it and a resin to do it with. It's actually pretty easy to do. It's not cheap.



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Posted 20 March 2022 - 07:37 AM

Maybe go to YouTube and search for "making a diorama lake"

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Posted 20 March 2022 - 08:46 AM

Pappy is right. Or ask a model railroader. I use fiberglass resin for my water scenes, but it has to be done in thin layers since it shrinks quite a bit. It does have a very realistic color that closely resembles real standing water. You can even do a waterfall using stranded fiberglass mat, pulling it apart into small batches of strands and laying it into the first coat of resin in a vertical pattern. Do the scenery around the water feature after the resin has fully cured.




Although you can't see them in this picture, there are fish, turtles and beaver in the water.



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Posted 20 March 2022 - 09:13 AM

go to youtube, type in "model railroad lake", there are plenty of videos


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Posted 20 March 2022 - 12:18 PM

You may want to check into table top gaming videos too. Those guys are doing some crazy water scenes with less expensive products like toilet paper and clear varnish.

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