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Discussion in 'HO Scale Model Trains' started by TEP 60, Feb 13, 2009.
Does anyone produce indoor (and outdoor?) aquaparks in H0?
I know Faller makes water park rides. Check this out http://www.walthers.com/exec/productinfo/272-140430
Hope this helps.
I very apologize, but this is not an aquapark attraction. This kind of attractions is just one of the amusement park attractions- just like various rondabouts...
Okay, I understand that an "aquapark" is a "water park," but what's a "rondabout"? A traffic-control device?
"Aquapark" is a water park. "Rondabout" is a merry-go-round.
Nope - it's a traffic circle!
Sounds like you have the basis for a great scratchbuild! :thumb:
What is an aquapark is described here.
Your probably out of luck for a kit of a water slide. I did find this though it's a Water Flume (log ride on water).
Faller is probably your best shot at any kind of amusement park attraction. They make quite a few different models in that area. A water park wouldn't be to hard to do from scratch if you have photos of one.
Scratch building one..
Human figure is about 2.5 => 3 feet wide. Water slide are about 3x that in diameter so about 9 feet wide at the outside. That is about 1.2 inches in diameter. If you found some flexible rubber tubing all you would need do is cut that in half and add the pylons to hang the slide with. They could be made from wood doweling or other such material.
Note: For safety it would be good to make a small jig or clamp to cut the tubing with. Tubing can roll or slide out of position if your putting pressure on it with a knife. If you are holding on to the tubing with your fingers this could have unfortunate results. So I would clamp it down and cut. This will make a cleaner more accurate cut as well.
Do a google map search for Water Parks (as they are called in North America) and you will find dozens. If you use Google Earth you will be able to measure the plot of the park or slide. Then layout the slide much like a string (with the tubing) add the pylons and paint. The larger slides and pools are pretty simple to make.
You can also look for Water/Amusement park maps. These are maps used for people to make it through the park. They can be quite accurate and have good illustrations of the rides within. So it's a good place to find drawings of a ride you would like to model.
Figures for the Slide/Park
One thing you will need is people (lots of figures) to make it look like it's a popular place. Which is probably why you don't see a scale model of one. As it's the figures that will make it come to life. They could be hard to find in variety and quantity to not have to many repeated. If you are painting your own could take a bit of time too. Remember your looking for beach figures mostly as they would be in swim wear while at the water park.
Painting and Finishing
- Recovery/Splash down pools
Water can be added as water is modeled many times and there are many articles on creating water for Model railroad scenery everywhere.
- Water slide itself.
To make the slide itself look wet.. I would paint the entire slide with a flat color (blue is most common). Outdoor slides are very much subjected to the rays of the sun beating on them and they become dull after a time. You can use this to your advantage. Then run a bead of gloss paint down the center of the interior of the slide to simulate water.
So to scratch build one..
- Map or aerial view of park
- Launch Tower (you can find staired HO towers that can fit the bill or build one from detail parts (Grandt Line Products/Micro Mark/Tichy)
- Rubber tubing (make note of what material the tubing is made of so you select a paint that will work with it.
- Doweling for the pylons of various dimensions. To hang the slide
- Splash down pool (not to deep about 2-3 scale feet deep) as kids are short.
- Paint (both flat and gloss) blue is most common (Pylons are usually Orange or White to bring contrast - as you want people to identify it's a water slide and not another amusement ride)
- Figures lots of them (water parks are usually quite crowded - so be prepared to add 50+ figures to yours if open for the season).
Hope that was helpful.
I would have edited my post but there is no edit button..
Anyway. I found this link as well should be pretty helpful.
For the other bits of the park you can use HO scale piping and valves for a splash pad. Pools and other such areas can be scratch built pretty easy using known water area modeling as described in many scenery books.
I did a search for water park maps and got tons..
If you combine that with a Google Maps or Earth view of the parks you will get a good idea of what the parks look like. I do think one of the big reasons you don't see a scale kit of one is the number of figures needed to do it right. Plus to make one they would need to engineer a park on there own for the kit. I'm thinking nearly all the parks that have been built are less then willing to lend their park blueprints to a model maker. I'm also thinking in todays world such architectural designs are all on computer or artistic rendering 'Maps' so scale model parts aren't easily found if at all.
Plastruct makes all kinds of chemical plant scale model parts. These are for engineering models of chemical facilities. They do make some HO scale kits as well. Their parts are for modeling engineering model of chemical facilities for the most part and I think they are 1/4 scale. If you look up Plastruct online you will find their website and their catalog as well as you being able to order one is online as well. Complete with measurements of all they parts they have.
Hope that helps also.