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How to model ocean waves with sufers

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How to model ocean waves with sufers
Posted by DENNIS CARESIO on Thursday, September 07, 2017 7:47 PM

Has anyone ever modeled ocean waves with maybe surfers riding them. I am doing a Southern California costal layout which goes from San juan Capristrano to San Diego.  The line runs along the coast and would love to have some ocean scenes on the layout.  Thanks for anyones help.

 

 

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Posted by cuyama on Friday, September 08, 2017 2:17 PM

Welcome to the forum.

Ken Patterson modeled a beachside stretch of the ATSF Surf Line for a diorama covered in the July 1996 Model Railroader. He modeled smaller waves (not really surf-able) with clear silicone caulk, paint, and a gloss overcoat. (He also did a nice job with the riprap and the beach.)

Surfable waves might be built up with plaster (tricky) or carved from extruded foam (even trickier), but to make them look right might take artistic talent.

Although there is no beach scene, Keith Jordan modeled a good stretch of the Surf Line in his previous layout, covered in Model Railroad Planning 2001 and the Aug 2004 Model Railroader.

Good luck with your layout. 

Byron

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Posted by Lone Wolf and Santa Fe on Friday, September 08, 2017 7:49 PM

    My ocean scene still looks more like a dry lake but one day I will have some waves along the beach in San Clemente and my sharks will no longer be land sharks. I have seen a few beach scenes with waves. I think you need to build up the swell with plaster first, or carve it out of foam board, make water using Envirotex lite, and then finish it with acrylic gloss medium and then paint it. It is probably best to work with pictures of the actual beach and try to get the proper scale height. Also pay attention to which direction the waves are breaking, left or right.
    If you search Google images for ho scale waves you will find a couple of examples. Also there are good videos on youtube to make water. I like Luke Towan's videos. This one he makes water with some ripples in it. Study his techniques for modeling and painting water. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dug-ffEhqZU

Not from a model railroad but other modelers have done it very nicely:

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Good luck and please post pictures when you are finished.

Modeling a fictional version of California set in the 1990s Lone Wolf and Santa Fe Railroad
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Posted by DENNIS CARESIO on Saturday, September 09, 2017 12:48 PM

Thanks so much for the info.  The middle picture is exactly what I am looking for.  Will do with so photos from start to finish...Dennis

 

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