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QUOTE (TimP @ 9 May 2007, 20:42) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Hello everyone...

Apologies in advance if this is a stupid question....

Like a number of others I have returned to modelling after a gap of a number of decades, and am building my first layout since the 70s.

Back then I used chipboard for the baseboards, this time I have gone for much thinner 6mm ply - think it's quite nice stuff and certainly makes the whole shooting match lighter...

I am struggling to find nice track pins though that are both short and not chunky - am using peco streamline 100 (after much deliberation - get back into it gently before I try P4 or EM!) - any suggestions

Thanks in Advance


(modelling the Western Region Transition Era on the Black Isle)

Hello Tim,

I have found that driving pins into plywood is a very exasperating proposition,many bent ones etc,etc.
In the end I applied what here is called "donaconda" [sun....something in UK?] fibre board which has a nice brown colour on top of the plywood base.
It is about half inch thick and still comes in 4ftx8ft sheets.It is easy to cut with a heavy duty hobby knife.Takes track pins very easily.
You could use PVC glue but I have found it is messy and dries very hard if you change your mind in the future.
It also takes water/acrylic paints well.I make up a mixture of PVC glue water and brown/green paint to slop about as a base on which one can sprinkle scenery materials.
I have also since found that ballasting can be done with a dry mixture of ballast material dry wall paper paste powder sprinkled on the track to be ballasted leveled out and tidied with a soft brush and with a water mister bottle [water and a couple of drops of washing up liquid] spray the track ballast to dampen.
It will dry to a pretty hard ballast.Excess stray ballast and mistakes can be easily removed.
The best thing is that if you change your track laying mind you can wet the ballast remove the track and wash it [I do it in the garden with a hose] and relay when dry and repeat the process. I have found that the PVC method is difficult to remove and track can be damaged in the removel process.
Most of the PVC glues here are watherproof wood carpenter type glues.Maybe some of the craft shops carry a non-waterproof product.One would have to do some test runs.
Hope that you will enjoy the Forum as I am starting to do.It is lonely here in the Colonies!
A lot of very knowledgeable people are here and no one would regard your questions as stupid as we all started out the same way and it is an ever ongoing learning process.

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