Help with winter modeling snow scenes

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  1. Edavillenut

    Edavillenut Member

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    i am trying to make my layout a winter theam but not sure how to make the snow any tips and or pictures would be great
  2. shortliner

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    I do know that one club exhibition "Alpine" layout, simply leaves the hardshell surface white and applies a coat of whitewash when it starts to look grubby. I had to ask how they achieved the snowy look, it was so effective
    Shortliner(Jack)away up here in the Highlands
  3. wjstix

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    Using plaster as snow would work if you want to model just huge snowdrifts, but snow I've seen rarely looks that uniform and smooth. I think it's more realistic to have at least some areas where a little yellow/green grass shows thru the snow. Several companies make powdery white snow granules that you can use. Vintage Reproductions (I think that's the name) is nice because it has sparkly crystals in it that really look nice. :D
  4. MasonJar

    MasonJar It's not rocket surgery

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    There was a series of two article by Rand Hood (not sure if that is the right name) in MR about 10 years ago. Try the index of magazines at www.trains.com . Very useful articles. I'd look it up in my collection at home, but all my mags are currently packed... :(

    A guy named Jon Grant (from England) also does some nice winter work. Click here to see one of his "how-to's" right here at The Gauge.

    Andrew
  5. MasonJar

    MasonJar It's not rocket surgery

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    Here's a follow-up.

    It was Rand Hood, in January and February 1996.

    Click here to go to the rest of the results at the Index of Magazines search.

    Andrew
  6. Russ Bellinis

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    You can get crushed marble powder from craft stores. If you sprinkle it on top of your "snow" it will give you that sparkle your looking for.
  7. Will_annand

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    What about trying that spray snow stuff they sell for Christmas displays?

    I am not sure if it would work or not?
  8. Badyin Macfadyi

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    Deco Art produce two products called SnowTex and Glamour Dust; should be available at your local craft shop
  9. Russ Bellinis

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    I'm not sure what it is you are referring to; but if it is the stuff used to flock Christmas trees, I think it tends to turn yellow over time.
  10. Will_annand

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    Ah, thanks Russ, that could be the stuff. The only yellow snow you want is around the fire hydrants and hydro poles. Dogs will be dogs, :D