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17 of 21 people found the following review helpful
on January 17, 2013
"Realistic Water," by Woodland Scenics, was a very disappointing product. I bought it to use with two dioramas, one for puddles on a muddy road, the other for a jungle stream. I ended up conducting over 10, and I am not exaggerating (though I wish I was) experiments to try and get this stuff to work. I changed paints and inks I mixed it with, or just used it by itself, trying different sealers and base material along with different climatic conditions; however, after each experiment, some new problem developed. The trouble with "Realist Water" is:
1) Before even starting, it is expensive
2) When applying the product- it shrinks after application (even if you pour it under 1/8 inch)
3) It develops bubbles when curing
4) It develops an undulating surface around scenery
5) It is extremely susceptible to climactic conditions (too cold, too hot, too humid, too dry, too temperate- like Goldilocks with sort term memory loss)
6) It is very viscus and is hard to contain the poured section
7) and most disappointingly, it cracks creating very noticeable fissures all over the "water"
Though the product claims to be easy to use, the typical pour and go speel, after numerous experiments, I was not willing to use it for even a 4 inch long, 2 inch wide jungle stream. It even ruined my 1/2 inch by 1/2 inch mud puddles after it still managed to develop bubbles and shrunk into the depression. I sort of managed to cosmetically fix that diorama, good enough for sale but not for display. Honestly though, I am an artist here, not a scientist; I should be spending my time on the diorama, not trying to make this Frankenstein serum come to life. God knows what this stuff will do in the long term. So, looking at the positive side, I would only recommend this product to your nemesis at a modeling competition. By far the better options for realistic looking diorama water are resin compounds for furniture, glosses, varnishes or silicon putties, all available at your hardware store for at least half the price and with the entire home building industry to vouch for them. Unfortunately, "Realistic Water" only looks realistic when you leave it in the bottle.