I learned this technique from a professional builder of architectural model for making artificial water for a lake or harbor scene.
Take a piece of sanded, dress plywood (luan will work well) and paint it the color you want you water to be, Once it dries, over the top of it, place a piece of randomly rippled sheet acrylic, the type that would be on a shower stall door or a ceiling light difuser.
I buy mine in 4′ X 8″ sheets from a commercial plastics supplier. The result is as shown in the attached photos.
“Tools made from an broken clock.And lamp shades from birthday cake candle holders.The project the light very well.going to use them in my green houses and such.And a fast build of a N scale kayak boat for Thomas river.It can be done.
“Hi Al, a subject that is not often mentioned on this brilliant website , is weathering locos, using basic weathering powders, not an airbrush in sight , you only need the basics, ie smoke, rust, white and dark earth, the thing with powders is if you put to much on you can take it off with just tap water, but when you are happy with your results you just give it a very small dusting of No 49 matt varnish to hold it in place, the first example is a j3 jinty at the end of service,[ they tended to be a bit neglected] so quite strongly weathered, the other examples are in service condition, the point is you rarely saw a loco in mint condition straight out of the box, anyway just another aspect of modeling I thought would be interesting to post.
Cheers, happy modeling.
Ron from Manchester.”
Nice collection of stuff this time – big thanks to everyone.
Still getting comments on Alan’s post. If you missed it, it’s here.
And if you’re heading off to ebay, here’s the latest cheat sheet.