I used ordinary glazing putty to get a gently undulating surface for the water on Port Abel. Once it had set I painted it in an uneven blue/green mix with yellow/cream faded in where the slipway runs into the water. The painted surface then had several layers of varnish applied. It is quite amusing at exhibitions to watch children (and some adults) prod it with their fingers to see if it is wet.
By way of a contrast the muddy water on Earles Quay is wet. It's cold milky tea or coffee and needs to be poured away before the layout is transported!
I used epoxy resin. As my scene is in a sheltered harbour at low tide I haven't put any waves in it but to do this you need to wait until the resin is close to setting and manipulate it with a hair dryer. This takes a bit of time as you need to keep this up until it sets the way you want it. Make sure the air is cold!
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