Track ballasting

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  1. Ron

    Ron Staff Member Moderator

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    With the thread just starting on outside photography I decided to make a small section of scenic track that I could use for this purpose.

    A small length of wood and some Peco Code 75 rail.First the rail was glued down then the wood base given 2 coats of brown paint.
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    Then the sides of the track were painted 'Track colour'.
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    Then using my ballasting machine, I ran it from one side to the other and got an even depth overall.
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    After a tidy up with a dry paintbrush I used 'Ballast Bond' to secure the ballast and then put it away to dry until tomorrow.
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    (To be continued!)
     
  2. Toto

    Toto Staff Member Founder Administrator

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    As Tommy Cooper would say ...... Just like that.:avatar:
     
  3. jakesdad13

    jakesdad13 Staff Member Moderator

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    Look's good Ron, will you grass it?

    Pete.
     
  4. Gary

    Gary Staff Member Administrator Golden Goat 2018

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    ...and before the Ballast Bond goes off, remove the excess ballast from the rail web... ;)

    A simple tutorial Ron that most people take for granted. New modellers have seen plenty of ballasted track, but probably wonder what is the best method of application on a layout. This method is possibly the fastest around, but I still go for the old spoon and brush trick !

    Cheers, Gary.
     
  5. gormo

    gormo Staff Member Administrator

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    That`s a pretty quick neat method Ron,

    Are you busy tomorrow..????.....you see I`ve got this track that needs ballasting......?????

    :avatar::avatar::avatar::avatar:

    http://www.click:tophat:Gormo
     
  6. Ron

    Ron Staff Member Moderator

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    Just send the air fare and I'll be there Gormo! http://www.click:avatar:
     
  7. Ron

    Ron Staff Member Moderator

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    Part 2
    I then 'dusted' the sides with some fine grass as a base.
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    Then using my home made static machine, I laid some 4mm grass each side on spread PVA.
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    Then some grass tufts to break up the surface a bit.
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    I then brushed and cleaned the grass areas and the track.Next I added a fence and painted it together with a figure as a focal point.
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    and finally painted the base black around the edges and finihed it off!!
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    Hope this helps someone and please ask questions if there are any??
    Cheers
    Ron
     
  8. Gary

    Gary Staff Member Administrator Golden Goat 2018

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    Excellent. :thumbs::thumbs::thumbs:

    Cheers, Gary.
     
  9. Toto

    Toto Staff Member Founder Administrator

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    Very good Ron. Timing is great as well as I've been trying to build up the confidence to have a go as well. A nice stage by stage build.

    Cheers
     
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    paul_l Staff Member Administrator

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    very effective Ron :thumbup: :thumbup: :thumbup: :thumbup: :thumbup:
     
  11. gormo

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    It`s in the post Ron....I just charged it to Toto`s account......:avatar::avatar::avatar::avatar:

    That has come up a treat Ron....:thumbup::thumbup::thumbup::thumbup::thumbup:

    The addition of grass makes such a difference.....the whole thing comes to life as it were.??

    http://www.click:tophat:Gormo
     
  12. Ron

    Ron Staff Member Moderator

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    Thanks all, hope it was helpful :thumbs:
     
  13. jakesdad13

    jakesdad13 Staff Member Moderator

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    Brilliant Ron, if you take it out doors to take photos, picking somewhere scenic, as per Garys example will make your pictures look even more lifelike :thumbup:.

    Pete.
     
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    jakesdad13 Staff Member Moderator

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    gormo wrote:
    You could always bring it with you when you come to visit, drop it off at Ron's and pick it up on your way home, sorted :avatar:.
     
  15. gormo

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    Yeah thanks Pete,:thumbs:

    You`re an ideas man mate :idea::idea::idea::idea:.........speaking of ideas......how would you suggest I get an 8 foot by 2 foot baseboard on the plane.....:scratchchin:?????........:avatar::avatar::avatar::avatar:

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  16. Ron

    Ron Staff Member Moderator

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    With difficulty thank goodness!!:avatar:
     
  17. jakesdad13

    jakesdad13 Staff Member Moderator

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    Just like eating an elephant- one bit (bite) at a time :hammer::hammer::hammer:
     
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    Isn't 8x2 is about the size of a surfboard (longboard) Gormo.

    Andrew
     
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    Keith M Staff Member Moderator

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    gormo wrote:
     
  20. gormo

    gormo Staff Member Administrator

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    Yes Andrew,

    I think you are correct in your assumption.:scratchchin::scratchchin::scratchchin::scratchchin:

    Therefore, if one could take ones surfboard overseas, why not a baseboard of similar dimensions.?????

    Trouble is , I don`t think it would survive the trip.???

    http://www.click:tophat:Gormo
     

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