REALISTIC SCENERY VOLUME 11
You could incorporate a waterfall using the exact same tips and techniques into a model railroad layout both large and small and even though this particular model is built in HO scale (1:87th Scale) you could apply the same methods in N scale and even O or G scale, you can also incorporate this waterfall into a military model and lets not forget the wargaming community!
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Before we move on too much further there is something that needs to be mentioned when deciding on a product to use for the river water.
There are a few different options and the product I chose to use was Envirotex Lite, the main reason for this choice is that the product is very reliable and performs well on deep pours. Most two part epoxy resins are able to handle deep pours however just be cautious if you decide to use Woodland Scenics Realistic Water!
The realistic water as a great safe and easy to use product however it can't handle deep pours, its limit is approximately 0.5cm and any deeper you will run the risk of the product developing cracks as it dries. That's not to say you can't achieve deep water using the product, it just means you'll need to do multiple pours allowing each layer to dry until you get the desired depth.
A newer product from Woodland Scenics that I can recommend is the 'Deep Pour Water', and as it's name suggests it is used for deep dams and rivers. It comes pre-tinted in a variety of colours or it comes clear and you can buy separate tints to get your own desired color. The benefit of having it pre-tinted is you won't have any problems matching the color if you do half your river one month and the second have later down the road.
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Simply applying a strip of masking tape to the edge of the river and then going around the edge of the tape with some wood glue is all that is necessary. I've seen all sorts of methods for creating the dam and I've seen all sorts of failed methods too but in my honest opinion this method is probably the easiest and most reliable. The only down side is you'll have to wait for the wood glue to completely dry before pouring the resin into the river, I usually leave the glue to dry overnight just to be on the safe side but if you live in a hot dry climate it might only take an hour or two to dry.
If I was to do it again id still drybrush the waterfall strips however i'd use the larger soft brush to feather the edges of the white just like I did on the white water areas on top of the river. I think that would result in a much nicer blending between each of the white areas on the front of the waterfall.
Nevertheless I was on a mission and there were pockets of calmness which enabled me to eventually get the shots I wanted without having small trees being blown over at a 45 degree angle!