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QUOTE (Anthony566 @ 6 Feb 2012, 14:50) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Oh I forgot about the F word... Ill try not to do it again, as for the all day breakfast's are they the boil in the bag ones ? :)
What F word is that Fra... or Fannit
 

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QUOTE What F word is that Fra... or Fannit
Both F's..See SE>KENT posts.
Jukebox... you have just missed BBC 2 Stockton And Darlington snippet, Building original wooden carriages,unless you have HI -Tech-Thingy.....

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Sorry my ...... QUOTE the boil in the bag ones ? :)

QUOTE survive off the self heating packets of ALL DAY BREAKFAST's

Your "missing" links , I can view them.

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QUOTE (Jools M @ 6 Feb 2012, 17:50) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>What F word is that Fra... or Fannit

Please, let's not go there....

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I have finally managed to have a go at weathering my test track and had a go at making my version of over head cables .... I also had a go at weathering an old Lima 100 Ton tanker and had to go with what paints I had but this was really more about working out how to use the spray gun as this whole thing for me has been working out what works for me and more importantly what not to do when i get to my main layout.

Hear are a few photos, I think this will be my last update to this project as I think I have done all I need to.
 

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You have done a great job there Anthony.
My only comment is that the grass along the embankment looks a bit too uniform in colour. In reality grass appears to be various hues from brown through green to yellow.
 

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QUOTE (Rhiwderin_Ray @ 2 Apr 2012, 08:47) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>You have done a great job there Anthony.
My only comment is that the grass along the embankment looks a bit too uniform in colour. In reality grass appears to be various hues from brown through green to yellow.

Hi Ray, thanks for the comments and yes the very good point about the grass. Grass is on my list of things to change as at the time I only had one shade of grass I now have three different shades of grass aswel as long and short so to go with the scatter, when I do it on my main layout I will be useing a mix as well as adding areas of dead grass.
 

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Nice job on the weathering


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looking really good, can't comment,as I have not done this yet. My compressor and bits are still in their boxes,
nearly three years on. time for practice soon.......

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Thanks David & David :) the only thing I've not done is put 3 way switches On for the two sets of signals I have, they are Red, Yellow, Green but I've found it hard to find the correct switch.
 

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Evening ......
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A Maplins,On the N.E.coast,sounds like a holiday camp....
Wallsend, myself, many many years ago....

Glad I could help Excellent job.....
 

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great job there.
I found this link in another thread about ballast and I wondered if you could list what you used (pre-weathering) for the ballast. from the earlier pics it looks like the track already comes with a ballast base, and then you used some ballast mats to the sides, is that correct?

looks great. that's exactly the look I want as I don't like the idea of permanently fixing my track to loose ballast, especially if it's possible to get the track looking that good without doing it!
 

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QUOTE (JimmyH @ 5 May 2012, 08:00) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>great job there.
I found this link in another thread about ballast and I wondered if you could list what you used (pre-weathering) for the ballast. from the earlier pics it looks like the track already comes with a ballast base, and then you used some ballast mats to the sides, is that correct?

looks great. that's exactly the look I want as I don't like the idea of permanently fixing my track to loose ballast, especially if it's possible to get the track looking that good without doing it!

Hi Jimmy, my track does not come with ballest on I add the ballest after I have laid it but this is how I ballast my layout :-

I use woodland Scenics Ballast - Mixed blend

Track lay for the Track underlay - http://www.tracklay.co.uk/?gclid=CPeXl-2L7K8CFQ8htAodoSLxiA



Pva and a bit of gray paint.

So this is what I do :-

1 Fix the tracklay to the section of track im working on ( the tracklay is sticky on one side so it sticks to the track and NOT the board )



2 I lay the track in the possition I want it in then it tip the ballast over the track and use a small roller to press it down :-


Once it has been pressed down I use a small hand heald hover to hoover up the excess ballast and re use it.

3 Then I mix PVA with gray paint to pain onto the base board :-



4 Then i spread ballast onto the PVA and paint I also use a small roller to press this down onto the PVA and paint mix and once dry I hover off the excess.



This is what It looked like before I weathered it.



Hope this helps Jimmy one thing I will say is there are many many ways of ballasting but this was the one I went for.

Good luck.
 

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wow, thanks very much for the concise reply.


I think I must have mistaken the track underlay in a previous pic for some kind of track w/ballast attached.

thanks for the link to the underlay as well. I didn't know about that brand, and I can see the benefit of having it come with adhesive on one side. I was thinking of going with Woodland Scenics underlay as it seems to be a lot cheaper (I suppose the difference is mainly in the adhesive side), but I've yet to decide on how to model a 'ballast' on top as I really want to be able to reuse the track. I'm going to a couple of model shops this week so I'll be able to have a look at a few products, hopefully.

I have to say, the weathering you've done really makes all the difference. the unweathered track looks good, but the finished article is very realistic. I'll have to do some proper testing and teach myself to do that. if I can get half the way there, from a normal viewing distance, without having to pour model ballast on the track, I'll be pretty happy I think.
 

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Hi Jimmy, the track is completely re useable as the foam underlay just peals off , I'm currently re building my layout and I'm re useing all of my track most of it without removing the underlay.

As for the weathering that's the first time I have done it so have a go I built two tunnels to test all this stuff first before doing it on my main layout
 

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a ha! *lightbulb goes off* I've just realised what's going on. you are only gluing the sides of the track, and only pressing the ballast into the glue/paint mix, not spraying or dripping a water/glue mix all over everything, as I've seen seems to be the main way to do it, and the bits of ballast between the sleepers are held in place by the sticky underlay! very good. I've got it now, and that sounds like something I could do.

sorry, I hadn't seen the 'what is it?' link on the Tracklay site, which, I've just discovered, seems to explain everything.


thanks again. seems like you've solved my ballast conundrum.
 

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Jimmy missed one bit of advice off.... Wash your ballast before you use it as it has a fine dust on it and that can stop it sticking so all I did was but a cheap fine mesh strainer and rinse it all under the tap then dried it out.
 
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