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Ballasting and weathering of rails are both the nightmare of modelers.

There has been no easy method devised for ballasting yet, but for weathering the rails, specially the sides, a magic device is at hand.

Its called "Rustys Rail Painter Tool" , originates from the States and to tell you the truth it does the job very well.

I got mine from John at Bromsgrove Models:

http://www.bromsgrovemodels.co.uk/pd-15091...m?categoryId=34

Just to give you an idea, did the whole Layout ( 200 meters of rail ) in less than an hour !

Here is how it looks:



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Hi Baykal,I've seen these before but when I enquired was told they had ceased to be made. I shall now renew my purchase
 

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Thanks Baykal.

I've never heard of this tool before today. I'm probably going to order one but I have two questions.

1. Can it be used on track that has already been laid (unballasted of course)?

2. What are some suitable brands of paint and appropriate colours to use? Considering that I cannot buy the Rusty's Rail brand as it cannot be sent by air.

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Why not? It's just a tool; it does not come with any paint of liquid. One adds the paint of their choice and applies. Afterwards, you clean the resevior and applicator and put it away.

I see no restrictions on air mail shipping.

David

QUOTE (MrBemo @ 7 Mar 2009, 06:25) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Thanks Baykal.

I've never heard of this tool before today. I'm probably going to order one but I have two questions.

1. Can it be used on track that has already been laid (unballasted of course)?

2. What are some suitable brands of paint and appropriate colours to use? Considering that I cannot buy the Rusty's Rail brand as it cannot be sent by air.

Cheers,
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QUOTE (dmeephd @ 7 Mar 2009, 22:18) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Why not? It's just a tool; it does not come with any paint of liquid. One adds the paint of their choice and applies. Afterwards, you clean the resevior and applicator and put it away.

I see no restrictions on air mail shipping.

David

David,

I meant the paint. I would prefer to use the recommended paint, if it can be sent by airmail. There is a shop in Sydney that is listed as stocking it. If I have no joy I'll try Bromsgrove Models. (I often have no joy with local hobby shops)
 

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QUOTE (MrBemo @ 7 Mar 2009, 12:25) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Thanks Baykal.

I've never heard of this tool before today. I'm probably going to order one but I have two questions.

1. Can it be used on track that has already been laid (unballasted of course)?

2. What are some suitable brands of paint and appropriate colours to use? Considering that I cannot buy the Rusty's Rail brand as it cannot be sent by air.

Cheers,
Steve

Steve,

1. Its the beauty of it, working on laid rails. The vent is slightly at an angle and lets you do all sorts of movement, even to places that you would have difficulty painting if using a brush.

2. I gather that chemicals are not allowed on airways to Australia, my suggestion; any water based acrylic paint your choice of color, thinned with meths can easily do the job.
 

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Hi Bakal,
I've seen this mentioned in magazines before but never found anyone with first-hand experience using one. Based on your comments I've just sent an e-mail to John at Bromsgrove Models requesting details of what parts I need for N Gauge Code 55 track.

Hi Mr Beemo
As regards paints, while you can use your own paints if you wish, if you look at the YouTube video you will see that Rusty Nails do 4 different paint colours themselves (Weathered Black, Dark Shale, Dark Brown & Dark Rust). As these are acrylic paints i.e. there is no solvent content, there should be no problem posting them. Incidentally I regularly get small tinlets of enamel paint couriered out to me (by air) in Dubai without problem.

According to the video the tool can be used on track which is already laid by holding the applicator vertically instead of at an angle.
 

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Thanks Expat and Baykal,

Looks as though I will be a starter for this. I just have to choose the correct colour. Bromsgrove models would be the best bet.

I looked on the manufacturers website www.joesmodeltrains.com They charge a USD 10 handling fee to overseas destinations plus post. Each bottle of paint is sealed in its own plastic bag at $5 per bag.
 

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Trevor - I tried it on some OO track first to get the hang of it, for which it's brilliant, but when I moved to code 55 I found I could get a much more consistent finish with a brush, there just always seems to be too much paint for N gauge.

The discs needed for OO and N were both included with my set, which came from Bromsgrove Models. I only used the Rust Rails paint itself, I never tried to substitute anything else.
 

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It comes with an N gauge sponge but to be honest have no N gauge rails, I just would've tried it.

John from Broms is also a member of MRF, maybe he might like to comment on that.

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Hello Baykal,

thanks for this info, I've seen it advertised so I'm glad it's worth it. I'll definitely get some rusty for my next layout!

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Oh for goodness sake.....

Ordered this three days ago from the states...if only I'd known John stalked it I would probably have it already....

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Hi ebaykel

What a great tool just what I needed so thanks for that, one is on the way. Did you get the best results using it horizontally or vertical?

You can import paints to Australia, I just got all that I wanted, Gunze Sanygo have a special weathering kit for trains of 5 different paints and there rust for the rails and the colour for the ties is great, all ready to use no thinners needed. Of course you cannot buy them in Australia as well as all the other things that you need!!!

There is a German site that sells them all if anybody is interested, or just order them from Kramm which is what I did because I already had a parcel coming from them.

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ebaykel

I see that you have a bridge in your layout, I was just wondering how you fixed the track that is actually on the bridge? did you just glue it down before and after the bridge or glue it on the bridge as well?

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Glad that the rusty tool will solve your problem Anthony.

Since the gadget has an inclined nozzle its easy to use, just follow the rails on a parallel movement.

As for the bridge rail, it was tough. Being a drawbridge, the alignment of both end rails to the bridge had to be precise. To achieve that I used a flex track on the bridge and once the alignments were correct I glued it , all done while the bridge was horizontal.

Erkut
 
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