|28mm U.S. sailors move cautiously through the jungle alongside one of the completed river pieces|
|The river banks of the pieces flocked with medium ballast to build up the surface|
|The river pieces with the ballast covered in a 50/50 glue and paint mix and coated with sand|
The next step was to add green flock to the earth. I do this in an irregular, mottled, almost camouflage-like pattern. I did notice that tiny holes had appeared in some of the thicker parts of the sand/ballast/glue/paint buildup. I made it a point to cover these areas as much as possible with the Woodland Scenics blended green flocking. Once again, they were set aside to dry overnight.
|The river pieces with the blended green flock and clump foliage added to the banks|
|A close up of one of the river pieces after completed -- I like the muddy greenish-brown look to the river!|
Now that I look back over the project, would I change anything I did? Actually, yes. I think my choice of green felt as a "base" for the latex river pieces was a poor one. I should have used very thin, flexible styrene instead. It would have the advantage of NOT being porous and absorbing the glue, plus it would be less likely to warp up on the edges. I have noticed that as I add more flocking to the felt banks that some of the ends are beginning to curl up, unfortunately. Is it so bad I am going to hurl them into the trash and start over? No, of course not. However, I always like to "reflect" on my builds, and think of what I would change. You never know...there might actually be someone out there reading this blog who may be interested in doing something similar!