small pond

Discussion in 'FAQs' started by mikey, Jan 19, 2005.

  1. mikey

    mikey New Member

    yes...another water question.

    I am wanting to put a very small pond on my layout. The pond will be no larger than 2"x4" and only 1/2" deep.

    My question is...what is an easy method of doing this? I don't really want to bu any of the specialty products since this is such a small area.

    I read some of the older posts and saw a recommendation of gloss medium as well as one for elmers gel glue. Both of these sound like possibilities. Do I need to seal the bottom with hot glue or something before pouring gloss medium?

    Any thoughts are appreciated as I am a definite newbie to this stuff.


  2. spitfire

    spitfire Active Member

    Mikey, is the base you're pouring onto plywood, or foam?

  3. mikey

    mikey New Member

    sorry...great question.

    The base is foam core board
  4. spitfire

    spitfire Active Member

    Okay, if it's the stuff I'm thinking of, thin layer of foam between 2 sheets of paper, then yes, I would seal it first, or cover it with a layer of styrene cut to size, just to be on the safe side.

  5. Doc Holliday

    Doc Holliday Member

    I've got a buddy that uses plaster of paris for his small ponds. He carves a hole in the foam the size and shape of the pond and then spreads a thick (like peanut butter) layer of POP around the edges. Once it sets up a little, he shapes and carves the banks. He then pours a real thin POP mix all over the lake bottom. This provides a smooth bottom as well as separating the foam from his "water" medium. They turn out great. I think he uses WS water but I'm sure other materials would also work. Sorry I don't have any pics. I've tried to get him interested in the Gauge but he's not into computers.
  6. jim currie

    jim currie Active Member

    another option would be a small pice of ripple glass painted on the bottom side.
  7. Mike P

    Mike P New Member

    I have a small H2O on my N scale, using olive drab, some regular green paint, a dab of brown, a dash of black, I came up with a color that looked like a pond! I took that mixed mess brushed on to a piece of 1/32 plexglass. After it dried I put the painted side down on the layout, a few sprigs of brush on one side and then layered the "green fake grass stuff" down, around the edges, in a few layers to build up the sides, I was shocked it looked great. Or perhaps I am a sucker for my own handy work ;-)
  8. ezdays

    ezdays Out AZ way

    Dunno, why not post a picture and let us decide... :wave: :wave:
  9. Ralph

    Ralph's for fun!

    Hi, Just wanted to clarify that gloss medium isn't usually poured but is rather brushed on in several layers. I'm not sure if it would dry properly if poured in quantity. I've used gloss medium for my water effects and am pleased with the appearance. It takes several layers to get the surface "wet" looking.

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