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Marsh with all scenic details applied, view over the tracks, on Huron River West.

Huron River West complete with full compliment of scenery.

In conclusion, I hope that this article will encourage modelers roadbed is a pre-cut Homasote from Homa-Bed. who have been thinking about adding water to their layouts or modThe third step was to dam the edge of the module so that the Realules to do so. The array of products available from Woodland Scenics istic Water will not leak out once poured. I used clear rubber silicone makes it very easy to make realistic and convincing ponds, lakes, sealer and masking tape to dam the edge of the module. The rubber streams, rivers or whatever body of water one chooses to make. With silicone sealer takes several hours to dry, and it is important that it be the exception of the Floquil Rail Brown spray paint, everything that I fully dry before pouring the Realistic Water to prevent leaks. The 2"used was water-soluble, which makes clean up easier. The commerwide masking tape is used to temporarily reinforce the silicone. cial scenery products available today make good-looking scenery Moreover, it is essential that the module or location on the layout within the grasp of all modelers with practice and patience. where the Realistic Water is to be poured is level (flat). The next step is to mix Liquid Pigment and Realistic Water together in a jar to get the desired water coloration or hue. I chose to add a tint directly to the Realistic Water because I wanted the water to be brownish, as would be the case after rain showers or a storm in the spring. I started with a few drops of Liquid Pigment and mixed the ingredients slowly to minimize bubbles. Once the water coloration was right, the mixture was poured into the riverbed following Woodland Scenics directions. Depending on the depth of the water, the pouring and drying process may take several days. Woodland Scenics recommends each pour of the Realistic Water be no deeper than 1 /8" and then allowed to dry approximately 24 hours before adding more of the water product. I like to let the module dry outside in the sunlight, as long as it is not too hot, because the drying process is accelerated. Water Effects was then brushed and stippled on to make the waves and ripples. Water Effects is a thick paste-like product that should be applied with a paintbrush in thin coats. I found it better to apply a thin coat of the product and build it up rather than apply a thick coat initially. It dries faster, and the texture of the waves and ripples is more convincing and manageable when applied in thin coats. Again, it may take a few days to dry completely, and it pays to follow the instructions spelled out by Woodland Scenics. FM road switcher in the NYC lightning stripe paint scheme hauls a freight train east.

NOVEMBER 2004

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