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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 laid the track on cork, then tack pins held it in place.

I then poured over the granite ballast, this is Gaugemasters, GM115 N-Gauge ballast, looks like sand!

Moved this about with a small brush, once done, sprayed afine mist of water over it, then using the dropper VERY close to the ballast, drop the 50/50 glue/water mix with a drop of washing-up liquid in over the ballast.

By pre-soaking the ballast the glue mix seems to absorb straight in.

I then went over the rails with the dark red rust from rail match 2405, and before this was dry went over it with sleeper grime 2406.

I think it looks ok, where you can still see spots of red that have run down the rail, having ALL of the rail the dark red rust colour looked wrong to me, too red!

Sorry about the blurr on second picture, couldn't get it any better!

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