In other news I re-did the lake bed. Initially I painted it with the earth undercoat. The I red about using different pigments to give the illusion of depth. That necessitated removing the earth undercoat. Easier said than done. I tried hot salt water, and then wet sanding and neither did a satisfactory job of removing the pigment. I also came to the realization that the lake was too darn deep. This left only one option, mixing up some plaster of Paris. Just when I thought it was safe to put this stuff away.
At any rate I back-filled about ¾” of the lake and then waited for the stuff to cure. When the plaster had set, I mixed up some raw and burnt umber pigments as well as yellow ochre. As per Woodland Scenics instructions, I painted the center of the lake (the deepest part) raw umber. I followed that with burnt umber for the less deep areas and finally from the shallowest areas to the shore with yellow ochre. Unfortunately the last layer of plaster left a discernable hard edge. This was easily hidden with fine turf.
On PR&Y I just painted the water areas blue. However WS absolutely eschews blue water so I figured I’d try it their way for a change. Anyway, with today’s projects out of the way, the lake water, stream and waterfall are really the last bits of heavy lifting remaining on this layout. After that all that remains are wiring up those sidings and detailing.