Have you ever wondered how to model an awesome waterfall on your own layout or diorama? This tutorial will show you exactly what to do!
In this easy to follow tutorial I’ll step you through the process, from a bare piece of foam right up to a completed scene that will amaze anyone who sees it.
This is quite a long video so here are some key links in the video that will take you right to the juice parts about making the waterfall:
Painting the river bed: 17:15
Mixing and pouring the resin: 22:16
Making and attaching the waterfall strips: 28:55
Adding water ripples: 32:59
Adding rough water waves: 34:23
Creating the water mist at the bottom of the waterfall: 39:55
Working with resin can be intimidating for even a seasoned modeler, especially when making a model waterfall. The techniques I used to create this HO scale waterfall and river can easily be applied to almost any other scale, from N scale to O scale the methods I used can still be applied.
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In the video after pouring the resin and leaving it to dry I apply scenic glue over the entire scene once I finished adding the ground foam and textures, the glue also ends up covering the river surface, because the river is made using two part epoxy the excess glue and alcohol is easily wiped away. If you use something like Woodland Scenics Realistic Water you will need to make sure you don’t get any glue or alcohol over the river surface, the glue and alcohol are partially absorbed by the surface and it will lose its glossy appearance. If you are using Woodland Scenics Realistic Water make sure to only pour the river after you have applied the scenery and sealed it with glue.
The river is quite deep, approximately 2-3cm in parts, using a two part epoxy is usually not a problem with deep pours however 3cm is approaching the limit. If you use Woodland Scenics Realistic Water you need to make sure the river is poured no thicker than 0.5cm deep, any deeper and you risk the river cracking as it dries. To get more depth with the realistic water you’ll need to apply multiple pours until the depth you desire is reached.
Intro Music: Green Screen from Premium Beat
Background Music: Dust Country from Premium Beat