Captain Mike wrote:David . . . You seem to be running well with the tide there on what you are doing. Since I have not built my big log pond yet for the saw mill at the Porcupine Valley, I would like to ask you a few questions about how you are doing this water scene. I assume you have used drywall joint compound or something of that nature for the base. Then do you seal that with something and then paint it? Also how much depth are you allowing for the fake water that you will be putting in there and what product will you be using? I have to do an area that is 2 foot by 4 foot and I am very nervous about doing this wrong. So much so, I have been thinking of lining the bottom with fiberglass and rason so it won't leak, before it sets up. I also want to get that scummy, dirty look to the water and I'm not sure how to do that yet.
Capt Mike, you give me too much credit
Half the time I'm flying by the seat of my pants
and the other half I'm holding on to the seat of my pants. There are many DVDs on constructing fake water and are much more knowledgeable than I am
I know Dave has one and Doug also, and there has been much written here on the different products for sale. Me, I am old school and use the method from Dave Frarys original scenery book and Lane Stewart article from the way back in NGSLG. My base for the water was plywood covered with leveling compound. First time to use this stuff in such a small area and would not use it again. I wanted to try it because it had always worked excellent for leveling floors. This area was to small. To correct my mistake I finished up with spackling compound. Should have used this to begin with -- life is a lesson
i have never sealed walls covered with spackling compound before painting so will continue with what has worked. To finish I'll use tube acrylics, black, tan, green and blue. When dry I coat with gloss mat medium. Many coats
Let dry completly between coats. If not satisfied, repaint
simple as that- - old school
I hope others might suggest their method.