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Old 29th September 2010, 17:36   #1
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Default Winter wonder land ... only temporary

It came up at my club last night to research 'winterizing' the layout during winter show days. Has anyone used a fake snow product that was also easily removed? It seems like there could be a material that can be shaved or ground up fairly fine and sprinkled around the layout, then vacuumed off at a later date. It wouldn't be perfect but it could be effective enough to change the appearance for something different to look at.
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Old 30th September 2010, 17:14   #2
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I know of one person on here ( name escapes me) who used sugar as a temporary medium and then hoovered it up afterwards. I haven't used it myself.

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Old 1st October 2010, 23:23   #3
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I've seen articles in the mag's in the past where they use baking soda and stuff like that. I wouldn't use it on any layout that wasn't to be a permanent winter layout though. Whatever is used still needs to be fastened down. The particles would likely casue hell with drive mechanisms if not glued down.

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Old 2nd October 2010, 00:53   #4
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What if the particles were too big to get into the drive mechanics?

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Old 2nd October 2010, 10:21   #5
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What you could do is to stick something like baking soda, (sugar - insects like it lots), or flour down to clingfilm or other thin flexible sheet. You would then be able to cut the sheet to shape and lay it on the layout. It could then be removed and put back with ease.
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Old 2nd October 2010, 21:25   #6
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Noch make a couple of products for modelling snow, but I don't know if it is suitable for temporary use.
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Old 4th October 2010, 06:16   #7
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Baking soda should do a good job, but also an excellent job of keeping bugs from owning your layout. In fact, if you have a bit of a bug problem, sprinkle a line of it along the baseboards or along the edges of the floor. You'll soon find the bugs, legs up, in the baking soda fire-line.

I used Woodland Scenics "Snow". A liter plastic jug goes a long way. In this image, I probably sprinkled 1 full cup over about 3 square feet. Not deep and fluffy, but you can't say it ain't winter.



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Old 4th October 2010, 07:29   #8
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Crandell . . . that is nice looking "snow"
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Old 4th October 2010, 18:07   #9
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I used baking soda for this diorama:


I wouldn't recommend it. It looks good (has a bit of sparkle to it) but it is corrosive and can damage any metal that comes in contact.

To me, the WS product Crandell is using looks better and is no doubt safer.
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Thanks, NGL. I appreciate the applause. The really giggly part about it is that it is poop simple. You literally sprinkle it until it looks covered, no more, and move on to trees and structures, and you don't need to do the entire layout...just enough to 'fill' an image frame. The sprinkling application took me all of five minutes, tops. I left this in place for maybe three weeks to take other images with other engines, and finally used a regular shop vac to gently lift it off the places where it lay. It was another five minutes, included restoring the vacuum cleaner to its normal storage spot.

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