Best product to reproduce snow

Discussion in 'Groundwork' started by fmenardi, Nov 8, 2017.

  1. fmenardi Active Member

    Country:
    Brazil
    Hello everybody!

    Please, let me know which is the best product to reproduce snow in the market.
    I want one that not get yellow with the time.

    I hope to hear you about this issue.

    All the best,

    Fabrício
  2. megroot A Fixture

    Country:
    Netherlands
    In the past I used ordinary natriumbicarbonate (baking soda). After ten years it become's yellow.
    Therefore I use now scenic snowflakes.
    It gives a bright flake for realistic snow.
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    Marc
  3. fmenardi Active Member

    Country:
    Brazil
    Hello, Marc!
    Thank you for the answer.
    I have in my hands the Andrea's artificial snow and would like to know about the AK and Signifer products too.
    Regards,
    Fabrício
  4. theBaron A Fixture

    Country:
    United-States
    I've used baking soda, too, without any discoloration, but I don't doubt those who say they have had it turn yellow. I suspect it has to do with the particular product, and whether there are any additives in the powder. I use Arm & Hammer baking soda, which is generally available here in the US.

    Many diorama builders use microballoons or microspheres, tiny bubbles of glass, such as these:

    http://www.aircraftspruce.com/catalog/cmpages/bubbles.php

    They give the look of freshly-fallen snow, with the way they reflect light.

    That link should not be construed as an endorsement of that particular product; it's simply to illustrate my description. You can probably find something similar closer to home.

    Hope that helps, prosit!
    Brad
  5. fmenardi Active Member

    Country:
    Brazil
    Very helpful, Brad!
    Thanks a lot.
    Prosit!
    Fabrício
  6. megroot A Fixture

    Country:
    Netherlands
    Think Andrea will do the job to. I don't know AK and Signifer

    Marc
  7. kagemusha A Fixture

    Country:
    United-Kingdom
  8. ghamilt1 PlanetFigure Supporter

    Country:
    Canada
  9. Shark PlanetFigure Supporter

    Country:
    United-Kingdom
    harrytheheid, 1969 and CondeJulian like this.
  10. Tony Dawe PlanetFigure Supporter

    Country:
    Australia
    Cream of Tartar - best snow product I’ve used.
  11. polyphemus Well-Known Member

    These are a series of comparative videos on winter effects. The presenter is known mainly for railway/railroad modelling and some of the products might be more suitable for smaller scales but I hope these might help;






    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vO7clLN0Cgk

    Geoff
  12. harrytheheid Well-Known Member

    Country:
    China
    These kind of threads are always subjective, but having tried almost every method known to man in my efforts to recreate realistic winter effects, I'd say that Precision Ice & Snow products are definitely the best that I've found - and I probably wouldn't use anything else nowadays.
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    DEL, 1969 and Landrotten Highlander like this.
  13. sofron2002 Member

    Hello, so far I have used baking soda and it still looks ok. Is there a trick to prevent it from becoming yellowish; Anf it becomes is there a way/technique to restore it/cover it?

    cheers
  14. theBaron A Fixture

    Country:
    United-States
    That change in color is a result of the chemical reaction of the sodium bicarbonate and moisture in the air, over time. I know of no way to bleach it back out again. You might be able to use a spray sealer, like DullCote or some other clear lacquer, but that's probably not 100% sure to prevent the reaction.

    I've used it, too, and haven't had it turn color, but in the future, I'm going to use diorama and scenic products made specifically for this application.

    Sorry that I can't be more helpful.

    Prost!
    Brad
  15. sofron2002 Member

    Thank you very much Brad. That was helpful enough.
  16. Dave J New Member

    Country:
    New_Zealand
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