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    Icon10 Our first diorama - A dad and daughter project during the lockdown

    So I've be collecting N scale trains for the last 10 years or so, but never got the necessary space to build a layout.

    Being in lockdown with my family, I started a small diorama project with my daughter. It represents a mountain path we both really enjoy.

    This is my first scenery but I think the end result is kind of cool.

    I messed up the water really bad trying to add texture with PVA glue mixed with brown ink and ended up painting it almost completely.

    Any feedback would be greatly appreciated


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    @djmysterio

    Looks great, especially the waterfall! Hmmm, perhaps more trains...
    = > ÷

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    That looks really good. I wish my scenery turned out as well. You could do my water anytime.
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    Very nice!

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    Excellent and tremendous outcome for a first timer. Now put more trains in it like Moose said.

    It's great you can do this with your daughter. Do as much as you can as when they get older and older they have their own world to live.

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    That looks fantastic! I hope your daughter enjoyed the process. How old is she and what did you have her do on this diorama?

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    For the first crack at scenery, that's pretty dang good.

    One thing I like about it the most is the variety of material and color you used.
    Only piece of advice I can offer, is to keep it up, it's only bound to get better the more you make.
    Once you get the basics down, you can branch out with other methods and materials.
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    @Moose2013

    Thanks a lot!

    At first, I tried to lay some cheap dollar store 5 minutes epoxy glue on a parchment paper and wait until it became kind of semi-solid. I then used a toothpick to make a texture and it actually turned out very good, but kind of yellow-ish.

    I ended up using cotton balls for the waterfall and PVA glue to "brush" down the waterfall before drybrushing everything with white paint.

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    @el Gato Gordo

    Thanks a lot!

    She's 5 years old and in love with small objects. She directly helped me with the rocks (both casting and glueing them), with plastercloth and with some of the ground cover.

    But for the most part, she was my "boss", telling me what to do and where to do it without actually working with me! XD

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    Quote Originally Posted by African Pirate View Post
    That looks really good. I wish my scenery turned out as well. You could do my water anytime.
    I really liked working with epoxy resin for the first time. I had some problems with leaks thought

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    That's awesome, thanks for sharing. The cotton ball waterfall is pretty creative and worked well.

    For ripples and such, Woodland Scenics makes stuff called "Water Ripples" that is a thicker gel like stuff that you can dab on, and dries clear. My son and I also recently used it for a small waterfall by painting a few layers on wax paper, letting that dry, and then peeling off.

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    Quite impressive!

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    Beautiful work. I suggest a T-trak module next as it is about the same size and you can use it for a layout later when you get room. You say you "messed up" but it looks great to me. Bravo on involving your daughter.
    Stay safe and model on!
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    Quote Originally Posted by OTFan View Post
    That's awesome, thanks for sharing. The cotton ball waterfall is pretty creative and worked well.

    For ripples and such, Woodland Scenics makes stuff called "Water Ripples" that is a thicker gel like stuff that you can dab on, and dries clear. My son and I also recently used it for a small waterfall by painting a few layers on wax paper, letting that dry, and then peeling off.
    I had some of that gel in a river making kit I bought 6-7 years ago but when I wanted to use it, it was dried and completely unusable

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    @el Gato Gordo

    Thanks a lot!

    She's 5 years old and in love with small objects. She directly helped me with the rocks (both casting and glueing them), with plastercloth and with some of the ground cover.

    But for the most part, she was my "boss", telling me what to do and where to do it without actually working with me! XD
    What fun! She will remember this fondly many years down the road.

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    That's very well done for a first attempt And well done for involving your daughter!!

    I tried to get my 2 daughters interested many years ago. That lasted until they discovered realistic head-on collisions can be staged thanks to DCC.....with my (HO) brass engines (but with shays, low speed crashes)….
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    Quote Originally Posted by mosslake View Post
    That lasted until they discovered realistic head-on collisions can be staged thanks to DCC.....with my (HO) brass engines (but with shays, low speed crashes)….
    So how long were you upset until you had to laugh at what they did?
    LOL
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    Quote Originally Posted by Allen H. View Post
    So how long were you upset until you had to laugh at what they did?
    About 2 minutes, no real harm done. I dug out a pair of old Blue Box Athearn switchers for them to trash. much more suitable to their needs, higher rate of knots=bigger mishaps lol. Almost as much laughs as when I reversed the rubber band on one axle of the Hustler, they thought it was hilarious when it started jumping up and down....
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