How to model a canal

How to Model a Canal

Canals are common, you can find them all over the country so it is easy enough to see the real thing or to find photos on the internet.  This episode will show you how to model a canal.

This is my local canal, just down the road in Lapworth:

Canal at Lapworth, UK
Canal at Lapworth, UK
Canal at Lapworth, UK
Canal at Lapworth, UK
Canal at Lapworth, UK
Canal at Lapworth, UK

The canal near you may be a mill canal, not used for transport but to store water for use in mills, such as these in Lowell:

Mill Canal, Lowell, USA
Mill Canal, Lowell, USA
Mill Canal, Lowell, USA
Mill Canal, Lowell, USA
Mill Canal, Lowell, USA
Mill Canal, Lowell, USA
Mill Canal, Lowell, USA
Mill Canal, Lowell, USA

Tools and Materials

All of these materials are commonly available in either a DIY store or art shop. Online shops will also carry them.

  • Flat base for canal – I used foamboard
  • Acrylic Paint – white plus any muddy colour – easily obtainable from any art store in a huge variety of colours.
  • Gloss Varnish – I use an artists’ acrylic varnish in this episode but you can use any acrylic gloss varnish.
  • Gloss Medium – I used an artists’ gloss medium which I got from Hobbycraft but there are many sources

Index

00:22 The Real World – prototype inspiration
01:18 Tools and Materials
01:36 The Method
14:01 The Final Result
14:25 Mini Kathys
16:07 Closing

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