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PhilC
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 Posted - December 03 2023 :  11:56:28 AM Link directly to this topic  Show Profile  Add PhilC to Buddylist
I'm Building a Bedford Falls HO layout (like in the movie It's a Wonderful Life) and wondering what can be done to make tracks and streets snowy (safely without harming trains) like at the end of the movie?
Thanks for any advice and guidance!


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Woodland Scenics makes a snow product. I've never used it, but it comes in a large shaker bottle like any other ground material.

Years ago I made a snowy photo diorama with baking powder. I sceniced the scene like any other layout (paint, ballast, ground foam etc.) and then sprinkled on the baking powder. It looked good but I never did get the baking powder cemented in place very well. It was prone to flaking off, hence why I'd suggest the WS product. Also keep in mind that baking powder can damage 'chrome' on model cars, etc.

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Chops124
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Hey Phil, sounds like a fun project. Like Da Cheez recommends, the Woodland Scenics product is
pretty foolproof. AVOID using flour: it will eventually attract insects. Baking powder I am not
familiar with, probably best to try a test patch on a scrap of cardboard and see how it responds
to a fixative agent, like spray glue or old fashioned white glue diluted with water.

Here are two layouts I did with snow. Both used WS. For clear ice, I like to use Gorilla Clear
Glue. Same price as WS, but it sets up slower and is less runny, so it is easier to control while
setting.

https://youtu.be/TJuN2gpBNVM

https://youtu.be/MCTotVdXUg4

Show us some pics of what you accomplish! And have a wonderful Christmas.

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quote:
Hey Phil, sounds like a fun project. Like Da Cheez recommends, the Woodland Scenics product is
pretty foolproof. AVOID using flour: it will eventually attract insects. Baking powder I am not
familiar with, probably best to try a test patch on a scrap of cardboard and see how it responds
to a fixative agent, like spray glue or old fashioned white glue diluted with water.

Believe it: Model Railroader Magazine used to promote the use of asbestos back in the 1950's. Ah, no.

Salt, I think, would crust up when contacted with a fixative, such as water and glue.

Here are two layouts I did with snow. Both used WS. For clear ice, I like to use Gorilla Clear
Glue. Same price as WS, but it sets up slower and is less runny, so it is easier to control while
setting.

https://youtu.be/TJuN2gpBNVM

https://youtu.be/MCTotVdXUg4

Show us some pics of what you accomplish! And have a wonderful Christmas.


Originally posted by Chops124 - December 04 2023 :  10:48:42 AM

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