Scenic water that is safe near a furnace

I am considering creating a brook or stream  in front of the gantry crane, behind the barrel loader and near the accessories in the photos below.

It's important that the product I use to create this scenic water is safe. This location is approximately 20 feet from the oil burner/furnace in the basement.

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If this works out, I may also use the scenic water product where the blue paper appears in the photo below, we hich is only as few feet from the oil burner/furnace. 

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The product cannot be flammable or give off dangerous fumes that could cause an explosion.

Any suggestions?

Arnold

In my little world, I leave this troubled world behind.

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For a stream, mod-podge over paint can produce excellent results and is certainly safe. Use several coats.  For larger expanses of water, it can also be used to paint wave patterns on top of plate glass that has been spray-painted on the bottom. This is similar to the "wavy shower door glass" method, but has the advantage of allowing custom wave patterns.

--pete

 

 

My heart is warm with the friends I make, 

And better friends I'll not be knowing;

Yet there isn't a train I wouldn't take,

No matter where it's going.

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Arnold, I may have mentioned water when you showed me the possible area opposite the ball stadium. There is this very cool positive guy who I like very much. His Marklin of Sweden videos are all very useful and fun. One of them is about modeling water.  One can use the method for pond or lakes as well as ocean water. In the area in question on your layout you could make a removable thin platform plot of sorts so that you could work on it in the comfort of your desk or work space little at a time, afterwhich you could just place it in the space alotted.  I am going to do this in my O scale waterfront if ever I have the free time to re engage the former layout.  Bucket listing this. It's not for everyone, but it sure is creative.  Link to follow. Need to use my More modern I Pad to send it.

Leroof

 

Today I went to a local A C Moore Art Supply Store, bought Mod Podge and several acrylic paint colors, and took a stab at creating a couple of streams on my layout. Had a good time doing it.

Mod Podge was safe and pleasant to work with.

When I'm done, I will post photos.

Thanks for all your good advice.

Arnold

In my little world, I leave this troubled world behind.

This is my latest of several attempts during the last 3 days to make scenic water using acrylic paints and Mod Podge.

Photos immediately below are of a shallow stream in the middle of my layout in basement playroom. After paint dried, I applied 2 coats of Mod Podge, first a thin coat brushed on, and then a thick coat dappled on:

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I like the fisherman, but need better fish than the paper whoppers shown above. LOL

Next photos are of the deeper stream in the basement laundery room with boats:

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The photos of the above deeper stream with boats was made by using acrylic paints on blue paper, and after paint dried, similarly applying a thin coat, and then a thick coat, of Mod Podge

I am very interested in your honest feedback. I welcome constructive criticism because I believe it helps us improve.

I know that the more realistic approach is to paint the stream basin different shades of brown, showing the muddy bottom. Although blue is not as realistic, I like it because I think its prettier, and there are blue streams in the real world that reflect the blue sky.

Getting the blue color to look good is tricky IMO.

I like the shallow stream in the playroom more than the deeper stream in the laundery room.

I had a lot of fun doing this project. 

What do you think of the above streams?

Arnold

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I think your use of the Mod Podge is first rate.

If you REALLY wanted a super-realistic deep stream, you should do your painting on the bottom surface of a piece of plate glass, with the Mod Podge painted on the top.  HOWEVER, your layout is one of those that successfully blends "Lionel accessory fantasy" with realistic scenery. This is my favorite 3-rail motif, and I think that your current approach to modeling water works very well with it.

Your are right, though: Those fish have go to go.   

--pete

 

 

My heart is warm with the friends I make, 

And better friends I'll not be knowing;

Yet there isn't a train I wouldn't take,

No matter where it's going.

                        Edna St. Vincent Millay

 

Avanti posted:

I think your use of the Mod Podge is first rate.

If you REALLY wanted a super-realistic deep stream, you should do your painting on the bottom surface of a piece of plate glass, with the Mod Podge painted on the top.  HOWEVER, your layout is one of those that successfully blends "Lionel accessory fantasy" with realistic scenery. This is my favorite 3-rail motif, and I think that your current approach to modeling water works very well with it.

Your are right, though: Those fish have go to go.   

Thanks Pete. I will be looking for first rate O Scale fish at the Big E in 2 weeks.  Arnold

In my little world, I leave this troubled world behind.

Thanks for the feedback so far. I regard scenery as a form of art. We can all do it even without natural art talent.

Like most model train scenery, one can do it over and over again until one is happy with it. After the first couple of stabs at applying paint and Mod Podge, I decided I didn't like the color (initially turquoise which is very pretty but utterly unrealistic unless one is modeling water in the Carribean or Hawaii), so I painted over the dried Mod Podge. I've redone it like that 3 times already.

The color of the deeper stream is a little too dark and blue so I will redo it again. I want to make it lighter (especially along the edges) and grayer while retaining some blue. Also, the waves on the left side are too big (they are wrinkles in the blue paper). After I buy scenery materials at the Big E in 2 weeks, I will smooth out the waves so they are ripples by using a putty like substance that Melgar showed me yesterday. And I will re repaint and re-Mod Podge that stream again.

Arnold

 

In my little world, I leave this troubled world behind.

Arnold I like it. I like it because... your layout is unique to you & shows a lot of imagination & creativity & just good old fun. I appreciate this more than the "look what I've bought and placed on the layout" approach to the hobby. JEEZ , you did ask for opinions. 

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Hi Arnold,

Thanks for letting me know where I could see this wonderful new Water Feature development on your layout.  I like that you show the planned area and then the realization of it.  I have a little bit of a falls and a swampy area, but you have inspired me to got to the next level and add a more robust and obvious water feature.  It really looks fantastic and adds a whole other level of interest and fun to the layout.  I hope I can realize it as well as you have.

Shiver me timbers and Land Ho!

Mike

 

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Sittin' on the dock of the bay, wastin' ti--me:

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Notice the gauge that measures the amount of oil in my oil tank for my home doubles as an O Scale gasoline pump of sorts for O Scale boats on the dock. LOL, Arnold

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