In this video, model railroader Michael Tarnrot will demonstrate how to model water jets. Michael’s water jet is made of microfibre and water effect. The water beam needs a stiff center, so a steel wire of precisely 0.6 millimeters thick is used. Unfortunately, Michael’s wire is not white, but it can easily be painted. The foamy water jet is made from microfibers which are typically found in pillows. The other component of the jet is water effect which can be bought from Noch or Woodland Scenic. Michael squeezes the water effect on the length of the steal wire and applies the microfiber on top. The first layer has a pipe cleaner appearance. The wire is then cut to the length he is looking for.
From a beach modeling set, Michael had a shirtless man with his hands over his head. He saw its potential for use in this scene after just a few modifications. A soldering iron is used to heat the plastic and the figure’s legs are bent so he is standing up instead of lying down. With his feet adjusted, Michael adds some glue to his chest and glues on the water beam with some extra on the sides to make sure it is attached well. Water effect is also added to the figure’s legs to resemble the water that is falling down his legs. On the sides of the figure more microfiber is added for the water that is spraying behind him. A water hydrant is used from another set by Noch with a few modifications, such as removing the lid of the hydrant spout. A few drops of matte red Humbrol enamel with some paint thinner minimize paint strokes as Michael touches up the hydrant. The hydrant is then glued to the water jet and figure and tested in the scene. To see how Michael finishes the scene, watch the full video. For more scenery tips like making water scenery, visit the Model Railroad Academy video archives.