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Review of the Ripplin' Water Kit by Scene-A-Rama

If you have a surface which needs to be turned into water, this kit does a pretty good job of it. I don't really like the base color included in this kit, but the added effects do create the effect of water and rapids.

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The Ripplin' Water Kit is produced by Scene-A-Rama, which is a division of Woodland Scenics. Woodland Scenics is the big name in Model Railroad terrain, so they have plenty of experience in terrain kits. This particular kit was designed to level the playing field against Wookie based entries in Diorama-rama events, but it can easily be applied to tabletop wargaming terrain. One thing this kit is not is water “filler”. There is nothing in this kit to create a physical volume of water. This kit is designed to take a surface and give it the effect of water.

For nine dollars, the box contains a small bottle of base color paint, a small bottle of “Water Effects”(I think this is just white glue), a larger of bottle of “realistic water”, a foam brush, a tongue depressor, a sheet of release paper, and an instruction booklet. The process is pretty simple. Paint the area with the base paint color, then pour on some realistic water, and use the water effects to create things like rapids, waves, and water falls. The realistic water is also an adhesive, so it can be used to secure rocks and other small items down to the surface of the water. According the book, there is enough material to cover 196 square inches or a 14 inch by 14 inch square. Also, the individual components can be purchased separately.

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While I found that my first attempt didn't look as good as the pictures on the box, the entire process of using the kit is pretty simple. I didn't really have any problems with any of the components. Personally, I'm not a big fan of the base color that came in the kit, but there is no reason another color can't be used. The real question is will I use this product again? I think that I will use it again. It is kind of expensive, but the result is pretty nice and chances are only one or two kits are needed to building an entire battlefield.

The next task for me will be to build a river which spans the four foot section of the board. I'll be sure to post pictures once I have that completed.

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