Martin Tärnrot

Essential Techniques for Great Water Effects Class + DVD

Martin Tärnrot
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  • In-depth Instruction; over 91 mins
  • On-demand video access anytime
  • Bonus downloadable PDF resources
  • Access to class Q&A
  • Available for purchase: $49.99
Independent of what you’re modeling, if it’s a tree, building, a rock side or, as in this case, water, it’s essential to first have a good idea of what it looks like in real life. In this first session, we focus on the real-life prototype to get a good idea of what water actually looks like. How tropical ocean water differs from dark ocean waters and from there all the way to a highway ditch.
You’ll learn about the wide range of methods and materials which can be used to create water effects on a model railroad. Martin will share his experience about the pros & cons for each and why some are preferred due to simplicity, cost, and speed and others due to their special characteristics.
In this modeling session, you’ll see how to create a realistic water scene with a 120t canal boat thrusting forward in the water. We’ll create the water surface with waves and then add swell in the pulp from the boat moving forward.
This session will walk you through the process of painting and adding surface effects to the water scene with the canal boat – still working from the pulp method of creation. We are adding foam effects to the breaking waves and also creating a very realistic back wash behind the boat.
In this modeling session, we turn to the resin method and its different characteristics. We’ll prepare a small water stream ahead of pouring the resin in. And we’re adding and highlighting details, such as rocks and vegetation. We’re painting with different color shades to give an effect of different depth in the water stream.
In this final session, we are pouring the resin and exploring different ways to create both water jets and more slowly running water. We’re adding realistic water ripple, modeling the dirty water stream in the clean water so it’s clearly visible.
6 Lessons
1  hrs 31  mins

In this class, we’ll take a close look at water out in the real world, to see what it actually looks like – so we can bring it back into our modeling environment.

We’ll identify a few key characteristics in each water scene, which we’ll then use to create realistic water effects on our model railroad.

The following type of waters will be covered by your class instructor, Martin Tarnrot:

  • Tropical ocean water
  • Dark water ocean
  • Lake water
  • Rivers
  • Small water streams
  • Water jets and waterfalls

You’ll also be introduced to the range of methods and materials currently available to create water effects. We will look at the pros and cons of each, and ultimately model two water scenes using those methods and materials.

In the first modeling scene, you’ll see how to create a realistic water scene with a canal boat thrusting forward in the water. We’ll create swell, foam, breaking waves, and the back wash as well.

In the second modeling scene, we’ll create a small water stream with waste water running from two rusty drain pipes. This includes water jets, water ripple, dirty water stream in the clean water, and visible objects under the water.

The goal with this class is to give you the knowledge to freely create any type of water effect you desire on your model railroad. The class should give you the shortcut to a state-of-the-art realistic result.

In addition to your video instruction, you’ll get a helpful Class Guide PDF that you can print out and use as a reference as you use the techniques in class to create great water effects on your layout.

NOTE: You’ll receive this Class video instruction in two forms: As on-demand streaming video (in your MRA Account); and as a physical DVD, mailed to you.

Martin Tärnrot

Martin Tärnrot is a lifelong model railroader born with a model railroad on his bedroom carpet. Model railroading has always been an important part of his life and he has, over the years, built numerous layouts on different themes, both U.S. and European style. Since 2016, Martin has been working full-time within the model railroad industry, as a content producer of how-to videos, both for publishers and manufacturers.

Martin Tärnrot

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Essential Techniques for Great Water Effects Class + DVD Purchase this class for $49.99.