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Clouds to go with Thunder and Lightning

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Clouds to go with Thunder and Lightning
Posted by Lone Wolf and Santa Fe on Wednesday, September 06, 2017 12:17 PM

I just bought a Thunder and Lightning Lightning lighting effect that I found in the Halloween section of a store. I installed it to use in a corner of my layout. I am using cotton batting from an arts and crafts/cloth store to make clouds. Has anyone else made clouds? How did you do it? What did you use?

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Posted by Lonnie Utah on Wednesday, September 06, 2017 12:52 PM

I haven't, but I saw this video on utube a while back...

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=htEd1Xp0MiE

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Posted by gmpullman on Wednesday, September 06, 2017 1:21 PM

Lone Wolf and Santa Fe
Has anyone else made clouds? How did you do it? What did you use?

I bought one of those fog machines that uses a glycerin fluid. I don't have the lightning setup, nor do I desire one, but for photo-shoots the fog does add an interesting visual effect.

 

 

I believe this is the machine I purchased:

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00KW272RA?th=1

 

Just having FUN!

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Posted by BigDaddy on Wednesday, September 06, 2017 1:47 PM

Fog machine, outside of Hollywood, this is a totally new concept for me.   How is it not oily by atomizing a mixture of glycerol?

The reviews on Amazon show smoke filled rooms, no body mentions a residdue.

 
 

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Posted by gmpullman on Wednesday, September 06, 2017 3:35 PM

BigDaddy
Fog machine, outside of Hollywood, this is a totally new concept for me. 

I have not noticed any residue and there is no perceptable odor. No where near the mess those little smoke generators on locomotives make.

Again, I've only used it when setting up scenes for photography so it is only occasionally used, perhaps three or four hours, total, in a years' time.

In combination with lightning I'll bet the foggy atmosphere would be visually captivating.

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Posted by kasskaboose on Thursday, September 07, 2017 11:30 AM

The fear factor is one reason I don't put clouds on the backdrop.  I paint the sky a very light shade of blue to represent a hazy spring day.  

MR has a vid on making clouds: http://mrv.trains.com/how-to/project-railroads/2013/10/thin-branch-series-backdrops-part-4---clouds 

Copy n' paste this:http://www.model-railroad-infoguy.com/scenery-backdrop.html 

http://www.building-your-model-railroad.com/backdrop.html

The topic's been discussed a few times here, and many don't bother with clouds--added time and patience.  I would also add that you want the focus on the trains and not the background.

 

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Posted by Lone Wolf and Santa Fe on Thursday, September 07, 2017 12:26 PM

Lonnie Utah

I haven't, but I saw this video on utube a while back...

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=htEd1Xp0MiE

 

That is kind of cool. But not exactly what I was going for. I'm so glad I don't live in Tornado Alley, or where there are hurricanes. The fire inside of the house may have been the best model fire I've ever scene. Cool

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Posted by Lone Wolf and Santa Fe on Thursday, September 07, 2017 1:03 PM

I’m not a very good painter so I don’t use paint on my backgrounds. My sky is totally clear but in the mountains I want to have a thunderstorm. They are very common in the mountains and it will add some excitement and drama to the layout.

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Posted by cowman on Thursday, September 07, 2017 6:56 PM

Get some photos of thunderheads and size them appropriately.  Place them in a distant corner. 

I've watched storms go North or South of us while we had blue sky.  I think a distant rumble would be more effective than a close storm, which would be quite distracting.

Have fun,

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Posted by RR_Mel on Friday, September 08, 2017 10:10 AM

Here is a YouTube clip of a working tornado with clouds and lighting.  I don’t know what the name of the club is but I can find out from the Golden Empire Historical and Modeling Society.  GEHAMS sponsors the Kern County Train Show and there is a modular club that has the tornado scene for display.
 
The tornado is 1 minute in on this clip.
 
 
The clouds and lighting are very good.   
 
 
Mel
 
Modeling the early to mid 1950s SP in HO scale since 1951
 
My Model Railroad   
 
Bakersfield, California
 
I'm beginning to realize that aging is not for wimps.
 

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