Well, I have finally got to the point when it was time to add 'water' to the Hunter River.
In preparation, I painted extra trees on the backdrop to represent the foliage on the river banks and added trees and scrub on the terrain close to the backdrop. I also installed formwork to retain the 'water' while it is curing.
Hindsight is a wonderful thing and there probably are a few things I would have done differently. Obviously, I would have been more thorough in my mixing process. I would also have poured the product in two thinner layers rather than a 5mm single pour. However, it is what it is, and once the pour had been completed and the soft spot problem had emerged, I turned to gloss Modpodge. I dabbed it onto the soft spots and a few other locations to simulate turbulence around flood debris and the piers. A few twigs were used to simulate drift wood on the river flats and these also serve to mark where the soft spots are.
There is still few more things to complete. I need to install check rails on the bridge as well as a conduit which was slung just below the sleepers.
The short video below shows 4449 hauling stock wagons north towards Muswellbrook and beyond. The video was taken as the Modpodge was curing hence the few white spots. But at least now, when a train crosses the bridge, I can see its reflection in the 'water' below.