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Old 10-10-2017, 02:34 PM   #11
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maybe for moving water you just need to have the tide come in at the harbour, use scenic's water effects but just have the whole lot on a slow lift up and down. no need to worry about flow
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Old 10-10-2017, 05:58 PM   #12
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Very clever but not very good. Far too fast for a start and just looks wrong. Some things are best left alone.
Its German they probably have cleaner canals than us as for speed they probably have no speed limits like on some of the autobhans. They would soon slow down if they had a few supermarket trollies and bikes thrown in the cut like here.

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Old 10-10-2017, 06:03 PM   #13
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Fair enough but I honestly think it looks daft. You spend many hours and a great deal of money running model trains that look pretty good then spoil it with that.


A boat like that wouldn't be capable of travelling at that speed, not even on an autobhan.
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Old 10-10-2017, 07:24 PM   #14
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Fair enough but I honestly think it looks daft. You spend many hours and a great deal of money running model trains that look pretty good then spoil it with that.


A boat like that wouldn't be capable of travelling at that speed, not even on an autobhan.
Got to agree with you there, it is a fine line between something that enhances a layout and is merely a gimmick. Not that I have anything against gimmicks which on an exhibition layout can be a draw for younger modellers. I do like to look at how people can be innovative in modelling life in miniature on their layouts but sometimes leaving well alone is better.

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Real water can look very effective indeed, but I'd keep the boats tied at the shores edge for the best effect.
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Old 11-10-2017, 05:22 PM   #16
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That's absolutely correct MG. Real water does look good as long as it and anything in it is still.

A bit like that thunder storm that I think Brian posted. What a disaster, looked ridiculous.
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interesting MG. MG ur from wales right?
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Old 12-10-2017, 07:31 PM   #18
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And you're from Ireland! When are you going to get your trains out Mbagfan? I'm looking forward to you making a lovely tunnel.
The old method of making water is many coats of varnish allowing each coat to dry before the next coat is applied. It is time consuming but effective. The layout I saw recently the owner added food colouring to darken it to make it look more effective and it looked good as it went down his waterfall. He had a smoke generator behind it to simulate water spray but this didnt seem to visually blend in. The water itself looked the part darkened with the colouring.

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