Rivers, streams, lakes and seas are something every model railway builder wants but notoriously difficult to get right. Until now.
Here’s a simple, easy and foolproof way to create beautiful waterways and waves for your layout.
A natural looking river, lake or coastline can make a huge difference to a model railway or diorama for a model. Done well they add a realism and depth. Unfortunately, they’re rarely done right and all too often end up wrecking an otherwise perfectly made scene.
But by chance I came across this video.
It reveals in a simple manner how to create incredibly authentic looking waves and waterways.
I use wood glue and varnish for my water but I usually only model slow moving or still waters. The technique uses the same material — plus a mystery extra which I’ll Martin reveal — but can also be used to create waves and ripples.
It’s a blinding obviously technique when you think about it but is one I and others I’ve spoken to hadn’t thought considered. Watch it and let me know what you think.
There’s also this technique which creates more dramatic but equally good waves.
You can get the gel Troels Kirk uses here.
Finally, for suggestions on modelling other types of water, see this handy guide.
Products you may find useful for making model water include:
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