Final thickness of Envirotex
I am curious about how deep my envirotex will end up being after a couple of pours, and whether my plan is going to be sufficent to the need. This is what I am doing...
I am in the process of putting in a 1/4" plywood base for the envirotex water scene I intend to have on my layout. The bridge, abutment, and vegetation is to be patterened after this photo:
Although for purposes of trying out a scene that plays out over and over in New England along river banks and lakes I am having the line skirt the edge of the river on a causeway as in these pictures:
Its a plate girder bridge so the water is relatively close to the bridge, else it would be a deck bridge. I measured the first photo and using the height of the locomotive as a general guide figured the water needed to be 1.5" or 20 feet above the water to look right.
The edge of the facia is going to be my "dam" on the front end. I put it in so that it is 1/4" above the height of the plywood base which rests on a wood lip glued to the facia both to keep the facia straight at that point as well as to act a way to set the height as I level the base. Unfortunately, wife has me painting the bathroom, so that will be later tonight :(.
Anyway.. my original thought was I would be pouring two layers of about 1/8" envirotex over the base which would be sealed with acrylic gloss medium ala Dave Frary's scenery book. I have a pint of Envirotex Lite to cover abot 2 sq feet. Am I in the right ballpark? Do I need to plan for deeper envirotex? Is two pours about right?
For the vegetation on the side.. should I put it all in place and then pour, or perhaps do a layer, glue in vegetation, then do my final layer? Or maybe do it all at the end so the envirotex doesnt creep up on the greenery?
After I have the envirotex in I plan to use the Acrylic Gloss Medium to create ripples and eddies.
I know I have lots of questions.. thanks for any feedback. I am really excited about putting together this scene. It is the primary focus of the "scenic side" of my practice layout.
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