A journal following the history, design, construction and operation of Bernard Kempinski's O Scale model railroad depicting the U. S. Military Railroad (USMRR) Aquia-Falmouth line in 1863, and other model railroad projects.
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December 17, 2010

What does water look like?

In my earlier effort at simulating water I used dark blue paint covered by several layers of Miniwax Gloss Polyurethane. Now that I am re-executing the water surface, I am wondering if I should use same technique. I like the technique because it is easy to apply, is very forgiving and mistakes can be fixed somewhat easily.

My decision was reaffirmed when I saw Steve Borichevsky's blog, "Shooting My Universe," a blog that I follow. He posted this photo which looked almost exactly like the water surface I achieved with my earlier technique. Compare these two photos, my backdrop and water surface on the left and one of Steve's images on the right.

If you like photos of maritime New England, birds and seascapes, take a look at Steve's blog, "Shooting My Universe."


  1. Wow, thanks for the pointing out "Shooting My Universe". Some amazing photos there, of one of my favorite parts of the country. Definately a blog worth following...

  2. Thanks for the timely post as I am about to deal with a similar issue. I like the simplicity and the look of the polyurethane. Seems like SOP is usually Environtex or some sort of resin type material - is there a reason you didn't use that method?

  3. I tried the two part resins before and it worked well, though the opportunity to catastrophe is there. Because of the large area I have to do, I thought that two-part resin would be impractical. I was also concerned about the meniscus effect on all the planned pilings.