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Water

Tips and techniques to making rivers, streams, lakes, harbours, docks and seas on your model railway or diorama.

How to make a frozen lake model or diorama

model frozen lake scene
Want to make a believable Winter frozen lake scene for your model train layout or diorama? Don't get cold feet, here's how to model that frozen ice look. [...]

Making a river, exhibition layout

Photo of a river on a model railway closeup.
Starting on the scenery. [...]

Making miniature muddy swamp water bases

how to make wargame miniature swamp base with water effect
Here's a quick tutorial and guide to making muddy swamp water-themed miniature bases. [...]

The definitive guide to making model scenery

So you've laid the track and have your trains running merrily around. Great work! Brunel and Stephenson would be proud. But now what? How do you make that [...]

What’s the cheapest way to make wonderful water for your models

model railway water
What is the cheapest way to make a beautiful river, pond, lake or sea for your models? You might be surprised. [...]

Cry me a river – layout update

making rivers model making
It's been a while since my last update on the layout so a quick progress report. [...]

How to model water on your railway

How to model waves on a model railway
Rivers, streams, lakes and seas are something every model railway builder wants but notoriously difficult to get right. Until now. [...]

Making a model river in 5 easy steps

photo of a model river.
Water is a key feature of our environment so it should naturally be a key feature on your model railway or diorama but creating a credible water look is [...]