George Sellios on Creating a Harbor Scene for a Layout

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There are a number of different ways to create water scenes on a model railroad layout. Depending on the unique specifications and scenario of your layout, you could utilize various materials, methods and colors to achieve a realistic waterway. In the case of the busy industrial harbor in George Sellios’s HO scale layout of Franklin & South Manchester Railroad, it took some trial and error to figure out the best technique. But as has become standard in George’s scenery, the master’s method and his level of detail combined to create a remarkably realistic water scene.

In this segment, host Allen Keller and George zoom in on the harbor to discover how this master modeler was able to create a water scene that is immaculate with realistic details. He talks about the tinkering that he had to do in order to find the right colors and texture for his industrial harbor, and teaches you which method ended up working best. You’ll learn how to use EnviroTex, acrylic paints, a gloss matte medium finish and figurines to give your water texture and mini scenes that will amaze your viewers. If you’re having trouble with the water on your layout, take a tip from the master!