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Gyaah - bloody ballasting

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Before I started to scene the main layout, i decided to do a mock section of track. Its a bit of MDF with a straight bit and a curve of track, and a hill side. I mounted the track down on 1/8th cork and pinned it down. I managed to get the middle of the track looking brilliant, but then I did one of the sides and the excess ballast flowed over the top of the rail and screwed up the middle! Very annoying.

After about an hour I managed to get it all looking pretty good, but when i sprayed it with the water, then water and glue the spray blew some of the balast away and ruined it!

Any tips for me? Any instructional videos I could watch?

Thanks very much,

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I do it the lazy way:

1. Lay track loosely on baseboard.
2. half open all points and insert tissue/kitchen paper in the gaps.
3. Spray track with track colour or sleeper grime aerosol.
4. Wait about an hour (eat or drink something, watch TV, go on PC, or take dog out)
5. Lift track a section at a time and roll out Gaugemaster foam underlay.
6. Put track on top of underlay.
7. Repeat until all plain line track is complete.
8. Trim same underlay for points (it can be difficult and may even stretch your vocabulary). Or, use Peco point underlays.
9. Remove paper inserts between point blade and close up points.
10. Pin the lot down.

Not 110% accurate, but don't look too bad:

Alternatively, if you hate ballasting as much as I do, why not model a pier tramway!!!!

Now I await the shouting down!!!!!!


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