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  • Absolutely stunning work Mr Testard.

    Could you maybe describe your rock painting technique?

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    • Beautiful work Frederick! The waterfall is outstanding and really makes the scene pop! Thanks for sharing your technique!
      Arnold Kimmons

      General Manager

      Royal and Edisto Railroad



      http://www.railroad-line.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=49360

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      • Just getting caught up in here- what an amazing waterfall! it is one of the best I have seen and reminds me of the masterpiece that Malcolm Furlow built for the DRCW.

        Arthur
        Arthur

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        • Many thanks to all of you my friends.

          Even if the amount of progress on the layout has not been that spectacular in 2010 since I was very busy all year long with Dave's Corner, this year was that of the rebirth of the project, and it's quite important too.

          I hope to find some time to rework on the neighbour scenes soon.

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          • Frederick,

            Your project looks great. When you get a chance can you explain how you made your waterfall and what materials were used?
            Tom M.

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            • I'll try to do it, Tom. And there may be more waterfalls a little further (not sure, though). If I decide for them, I'll try to document the process.

              Basically, the first layer was done with heavy gloss gel by liquitex. It started white with a good amount of volume, dried clear and lost part of its volume. Then I used WS water effects (or a name like this) which was white too and was supposed to dry clear, which it never did. It was not too bad on pictures but not in real life, and it lacked relief. So I relied upon the technique I had used for the upper part many years ago, and sort of sculpted some silicone translucent sealant (using a screwdriver and cleaning it often to avoid that the sealant stay glued to it). The sealant goes out from the tube in a shape that looks like water flowing from the waterfall so it's really a good medium and with some use you can make it go really where you want. In places where I wanted a more "foamy" look I used some white aquarium cotton, which I applied in as airy a way as I could. Then I added some colours with white and ice blue paint, plus several coats of gloss varnish. Looks like a long process but when I started with the right method, it was a matter of two or three evenings (to let everything dry between two steps).

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              • Thanks for sharing, maybe something where it's usefull pops up in anearby future...

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                • I hope you will get back to work on this wonderful layout of yours. I look forward to more updates soon.

                  Arthur
                  Arthur

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                  • Hello Frederic,

                    Your layout is looking awesome.Great buildings and scenery....As I looked to your pictures I thought about some things on my own layout,....the way I want to do the mountains and rocks,etc....Your rocks are looking so real...and the waterfall is also fantastic....

                    One question wfor theclear silicon sealant.Do you mean the silicon you use to seal the shower in your bathroom for example?

                    Keep the pictures coming.Amazing work,

                    Cheers,Chris

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                    • Bonjour Frederic, first I must say that I am so sorry for not visiting your beautiful layout sooner. Now that waterfall next to the Alexandria mine is the BEST!!! I have ever seen. The colours and textures in your rock is stunning! The structures are exactly what I would expect from you, perfect!Please forgive me for not visiting your layout sooner.I will be back to visit the Lake Itasca Railway & Navigation Co.many times in the future!Keep up the great work that inspires!

                      Greg Shinnie

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                      • Great technique on the waterfall, Frederic. I think I recall reading about using silicon for waterfalls in one of the magazines, years ago. The author ran a bead of the silicon and then dragged a comb through it, perpendicular to the bead, creating long strings of the silicon. Your waterfall is really well done, just as I remember how that article looked. If I have an opportunity to create a waterfall on my layout, I'll definitely refer back to your technique and the magazine. (I'll find the article once MR restores the magazine index, this month).

                        Chuck

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                        • Frederick

                          Nice to see that Sn3 has found a new home.

                          Looking forward to following along.
                          Tom M.

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                          • Having the thread relocated made me see I hadn't answer some very easy questions.

                            Chris, yes, the silicon sealant I refer to is the bathroom variety. Just be sure to take the translucent variety, not the white one (which perhaps would be a good tool for a foamy look, maybe I'll try this someday too).

                            Greg, thanks for your always nice comments.

                            Chuck and Tom, many thanks too. Have you found this MR reference, Chuck? I remember an article by Geoff Nott in 2000 (I would say the december issue, but it was more dedicated to smaller waterfalls between small ponds at different levels).

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                            • Frederic,

                              Don't know how I missed this threasd till now but that has to ber one of the best waterfall scenes I've seen. period. In fact, the whole area including the mine looks spectacular.
                              Ron Newby

                              General Manager

                              Clearwater Valley Railway Co.

                              http://cvry.ca

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                              • Hey Frederic,

                                today I noticed the Sn30 forum,

                                and there was your layout thread,

                                I read thru it,

                                very impressive and inspirational to a guy like me,

                                your craftsmanship is fun to follow,

                                thanks,

                                Randy

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