is it raining! or any other form of weather!

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  1. bigsteel

    bigsteel Call me Mr.Tinkertrain

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    hey yall its good to be back...again...my computer at home had the magical puff of smoke come out the back so its shot and my computer at work has a phishing virus so its shut down until they find it.so I'm writing on my brothers computer and checking up on th place to see whats been going on :thumb:.

    so back to the point,i was wondering if anyone has tried or seen this done,i wanted to see if it was possible to make m logging layout look like it has freshly rained at least on one side.i have seen the common snow and season but never seen a "raining" layout.i figured it would be pretty easy to follow natures example using gloss coat for grass trees and thicker coats for puddles,small drainage ditches and ponds.i wasn't quite sure and was wondering what you think.i thought it could also be used on a larger layout in one section as rain would be easy to isolate from the rest of the layout.-josh
  2. Ralph

    Ralph Remember...it's for fun!

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    I have seen a couple of layout photos in magazines that included puddles indicating a recent rain. I think its a neat idea. Glossing up the trees and ground cover is clever. On the more extreme side I've also seen photos of backdrops with tornadoes in the distance! Look out! :)
    Ralph
  3. bigsteel

    bigsteel Call me Mr.Tinkertrain

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    do you remember which mags had thos photos? i'd love to see another persons attempt at natures fury :mrgreen:
    as for the tornadoes i done want to have my LPB's to be THAT scared.a little rain is all i (or my trains) needed :thumb:.--josh
  4. Ralph

    Ralph Remember...it's for fun!

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    Sorry Josh, the pics I recall were sometime over the last several years and I don't have the issues of either MR or RMC they were in. What I can tell you is that it seemed effective and interesting to me to model wet areas. You could reinforce the idea by having dry areas under open air structures with a roof or maybe a scene with a car leaving a dry space it covered during the rain. It sounds like a project to get the creative juices flowing!
    Ralph
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    I don't remember where I read this and it really has nothing to do with what your wanting to do but it might help with the over all effect..I had read and article a long time ago where you get a piece of clear vinyl or something like that..sand it so it looks like rain is falling and you shoot your pics through the plastic? The pics that were with the article looked great , made the whole picture look as if it were pooring down rain..
    Mark
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    Computer crash? You're not alone there. I just fried a Power Supply Unit on one of my computers.
  7. bigsteel

    bigsteel Call me Mr.Tinkertrain

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    im gonna search the MRR home site for any info,i would have liked to have seen the pics.but the sanded clear plastic sounds like a good idea,and id never thought about that.maybe it would work idf i made the ground and scenery look wet and used the plastic just for taking photos when i want to make it look like its STILL pouring down rain.

    jbaako-man that sucks,i was so mad when my computer crashed.that little whit puff was the end of a...should i say a VERY outdated computer :mrgreen:.--josh
  8. MasonJar

    MasonJar It's not rocket surgery

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    It would be great to put some huge thunderclouds on the backdrop too... A nice change from the usual "blue skies" one commonly sees.

    Andrew
  9. Dave Flinn

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    The whole rain idea sounds good. I hope it works out and you will report the results here.

    Speaking of tornadoes (as somebody did above), I have actually seen a couple of N Scale layouts that had active, working tornadoes. Now there's a project for you, and it's already been done, so the ideas ought to be readily available.
  10. bigsteel

    bigsteel Call me Mr.Tinkertrain

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    jawdropWHAT,a working tornado! im guessing it had to be a "vortex" machine. id be afraid of some ofthat 1/87th debris hurting my 1/1 self :mrgreen:.not to mention the terror you would instill into your peoples little minds :p.but,i ight try my idea on a diorama first.just to see if it "looks right".--josh
  11. nachoman

    nachoman Guest

    try the "scenery tips and techniques" book at the LHS. There is an article in there about modeling rain.

    Kevin