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How to make snow out of baking soda

  • Hey im a new modeler and i am doing a diorama  of the battle of the bulge if anyone has any tips or suggetions on how to use baking soda to recreate snow can u please post it thanks

     

     ALEX ZELYK

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  • First of all ...Welcome Hellcat Man!

    I've heard that using "Baking Soda" to use as snow is a very bad idea especially when coming in contact with the model...something about the chemical reaction between the plastic and the sodium bicarbonate. Maybe some others will chime in on this.

    Best Regards Joe
  • Baking soda has been put out as the "snow" medium here of late, for the exact reason as mentioned above. It yellows and actually breaks down over time creating a slime type greasy mix. The new method in practice is baby powder since it's inert.

    I've heard of many ways to create the effect, build up your base with celuclay or other groundwork then put the "snow" on top as the final effect. Attaching it or affixing it can be done with flat clear (or hairspray according to some)

    Welcome to the site, hope this helps some but wait for others to post up that have far more experience than I do before taking my 2 cents as the way to go.

    Dale 

  • You could try and use non-sanded white tile grout powder. just sprinkle down and mist with water and drop some white glue/water mix in. Dries hard as a rock. All of the snow in my dio here is tile grout powder, even on the tank.

     

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  • I'll chime in and agree with the others.  Stay away from Baking Soda and any other food stuff.  The baking soda will yellow, can break down into the above mentioned goo, and is often eaten by bugs.  I prefer Woodland Scenics (train layout products) "Snow."  It is made of microballoons of styrene and will not yellow or break down.  I attach it with pump hairspray.  Cover the area to have the snow with the hairspray then sprinkle it on.  You can keep adding layers to get it as thick as you want too.

     

    Good luck.

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  • There snow spary in a spray can that makes great snow.

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  • hey guys thanks for all the tips what about using baking poder i saw it in the December issue of Conrad Savages Russian front diorama and just so u know im about thirteen so dont give me these imposible to do tips thanks here is my early test enjoy                                            " border="0" />

     ALEX ZELYK

  • There snow spary in a spray can that makes great snow.

    The spray Christmas snow is way too thick and large clumped to look like scale snow in 1/35.  I wouldn't use it.

     Hellcat man wrote:
    hey guys thanks for all the tips what about using baking poder i saw it in the December issue of Conrad Savages Russian front diorama and just so u know im about thirteen so dont give me these imposible to do tips thanks here is my early test enjoy

    Baking powder is just as bad.  It will still yellow, be eaten by bugs, etc.  Stay away from food stuffs.  None of the techniques we have offered are impossible.  Just accept it now that you will have to try some new things and maybe spend a few extra bucks on this hobby.  The Woodland Scenics Snow isn't that expensive, about $8 for a big container.

     

    Lastly, could you use some proper grammar, punctuation, and capitalization when posting?  It makes your post much easier to read.

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  •  HeavyArty wrote:

    The spray Christmas snow is way too thick and large clumped to look like scale snow in 1/35.  I wouldn't use it.

     

    Baking powder is just as bad.  It will still yellow, be eaten by bugs, etc.  Stay away from food stuffs.  None of the techniques we have offered are impossible.  Just accept it now that you will have to try some new things and maybe spend a few extra bucks on this hobby.  The Woodland Scenics Snow isn't that expensive, about $8 for a big container.

     

    I'm going to go with HeavyArty on this too, stay away from all food related items when recreating snow. Same for the advice on trying new things. Now is the time to try new way's of doing things. With your post on this site you've already shown the desire to learn new ideas and tricks to improve your hobby, your commended! Just don't limit yourself with the ideas of "impossible" to do tips. The secret is to take all the advice, tips, tricks, use what you can and feel comfortable with, then file the rest away for the "next step" when your ready to take it.

    The picture you posted looked like a good start on your idea. A little tip though, a tank or anything else that has been running will have different amounts of snow built up on the hull surfaces. The engine area will be warm and won't have the same amount as the fender's. Crew cabin would be the same way I think, just not as warm. Look through the winter themes on this site especially cause these guy's are good!  Remember, there's no such thing as "can't". 

    Dale 

  • Sorry HeavyArty from now on I will us proper grammer,punctuation, and capitalization while I am posting. Also if anyone has any websites with Sherman's in the Ardennes Forest that would be much apperciated. 

     ALEX ZELYK

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    Hope these help. The first one I believe is from the battle of St. Vith and the second one is a captured sherman tank captured by a fallschirmjager unit.

  • I was watching Battle Of The Bulge is that a good movie to refrence the bunker interior or no if not can some one give me a movie thats good for The Ardennes style bunker

     ALEX ZELYK

  •  Hellcat man wrote:
    I was watching Battle Of The Bulge is that a good movie to refrence the bunker interior or no if not can some one give me a movie thats good for The Ardennes style bunker
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  • LOL!!!...!!! you guys are the Freaking limit!!!Big Smile [:D]
    Best Regards Joe
  • What is the diorama gonna be about?