I started this layout 3 years ago and this photograph shows my first attempt at scenic modelling. It's supposed to be an estuary but you can see that it is simply a baseboard painted grey.
The photograph isn't great (and neither is the modelling - I think I could do better now with a bit more experience under my belt) but it's to illustrate a point. I never got round to finishing it off. I do that often - get bored with one thing and move to another. But every time I look at this part of the layout I feel a pang of guilt. I must get round to the water. But how? That has troubled me and one of the better reasons I never completed the scene.
Then I came across this post in Iain Robinson's blog. It has a photograph of Iain's Tetford canal scene. It is breathtaking. Wonderfully evocative. I've read articles on how to create realistic water effects but this is the best I've seen. I asked Iain the secret and he pointed me in the direction of the Allan Downes method which I googled and found on Chris Nevard's blog.
So there we are, that's how it done. I hope that helps someone. The question is, can I do it?