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Author Topic: Bletchford (continued from Layout Planning)  (Read 54751 times)

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Re: Bletchford (continued from Layout Planning)
« Reply #75 on: September 02, 2014, 08:58:14 pm »
Yes, I agree, looking good.  Very.......English!
It's you railway so build it as you want and run whatever you like. The only rule is - ENJOY :
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Re: Bletchford (continued from Layout Planning)
« Reply #76 on: September 02, 2014, 09:02:28 pm »
Quite remarkable to get to this stage in a couple of months - well done!

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Re: Bletchford (continued from Layout Planning)
« Reply #77 on: September 02, 2014, 09:38:27 pm »
Hi I use 300 grade wet& dry paper for my roads cut it to shape & glue down with neat PVA

Thanks Bob, but I'm literally stuck with it now :doh:
I'll see if I can find some really, really fine stuff I can give it a surface coating with. I did find, however, that even using a small hypodeemic nerdle (without the nerdle though) to apply the glue mix that it was like depth charging the road and craters appeared, so I'll need to find a way of 'misting' whatever I use :help:

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Re: Bletchford (continued from Layout Planning)
« Reply #78 on: September 02, 2014, 09:46:28 pm »
I used one of these for pre-misting my ballast with water prior to dribbling the glue mix on, might work for your purpose? ;)

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Re: Bletchford (continued from Layout Planning)
« Reply #79 on: September 02, 2014, 09:49:58 pm »
Thanks, Paul.
I'll get one and try it as I'm sure it will be OK with a 50/50 mix :thumbsup:

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Re: Bletchford (continued from Layout Planning)
« Reply #80 on: September 02, 2014, 10:16:44 pm »
Couldn't you use a sanding block to remove the stuff from the road (have the vacuum with you)?

Just a thought...

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Re: Bletchford (continued from Layout Planning)
« Reply #81 on: September 03, 2014, 10:29:50 am »
If the problem is blasting the ballast away with the hypo, why not put the glue mix down first?  When I am ballasting in between lines, I spread the glue mix with a bit of old credit card, then sprinkle the ballast. When dry Hoover the surplus off.
I'm not sure if life is passing me by, or trying to run me over.

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Re: Bletchford (continued from Layout Planning)
« Reply #82 on: September 03, 2014, 10:35:49 am »
Wot, you have an old credit card? They take mine off me when they cancel it  :-[
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Re: Bletchford (continued from Layout Planning)
« Reply #83 on: September 03, 2014, 10:50:32 am »
Please keep this discussion going chaps . . .

I'm hoping to learn something.

I've lots of old credit cards . . . replaced misplaced (not lost) ones  :)

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Re: Bletchford (continued from Layout Planning)
« Reply #84 on: September 03, 2014, 10:54:47 am »
What's a credit card .???  Val has mentioned something about one but won't let me even see one.
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Re: Bletchford (continued from Layout Planning)
« Reply #85 on: September 03, 2014, 10:58:27 am »
My method to lay the ballast, mix up a 60/40 water to EVO Stick (green bottle PVA from wickes)  I've tried all other PVA's and this is the best IMO... not cheap mind.... five or six drops of washing up liquid (fairy - others don't seem to work as well)and then mix together with a stick or something similar.  Once mixed I just pippet it out onto the dry ballast a small amount at a time.  It soaks in nicely and once dry is hard as nails.  the trick is not to "Over Water" your ballast when doing this and you get a nice even spread then without the ballast "floating" all over the place.  Once dry I spray with Track grime / sleeper grime to give a dark effect.  I always paint my rails first with dark rust before laying the ballast
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Re: Bletchford (continued from Layout Planning)
« Reply #86 on: September 03, 2014, 11:01:03 am »
Back on track.  :thumbsup: Now ya gonna fix the road, Mick? :D

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Re: Bletchford (continued from Layout Planning)
« Reply #87 on: September 03, 2014, 11:25:42 am »
As PVA is water soluble, surely you could wet the road, leave it a little while, then scrape it off?

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Re: Bletchford (continued from Layout Planning)
« Reply #88 on: September 03, 2014, 03:36:13 pm »
Hi Mick,

Another idea to fix your road is to spread a layer of "No More Nails" or similar adhesive (over the existing ballast to save having to scrape it off).  If you apply it very carefully, trying to get as flat an effect as possible, it comes out nicely "imperfect".   You can then paint it to taste.

The paved surface on "Horseblock Lane" was done this way:



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Re: Bletchford (continued from Layout Planning)
« Reply #89 on: September 03, 2014, 09:04:06 pm »
Thanks for all the kind suggestions, all.
Firstly - I have no problems with the glue mix as it worked just fine and the road is rock solid :thumbsup:
Secondly - I really don't want to soak the existing 'coarse' road surface off as it only sits on hardboard and I could end up with a horribly soggy base for the road :worried:
Thirdly - the ballast I am looking for would be so fine that anything other than a light misting (eye dropper, pipette etc) would still create bomb craters in the road :doh: I think the misting idea is just fine as it doesn't matter what receives any overspray and it would give a fine mist that won't blast the road to bits :)
Fourthly - it's true I could apply another glue base and sift some fine ballast onto it but (a) I still have to find said fine stuff and (b) although I have asked what folks use stuffed up the vacuum nozzle to collect any surplus there have been no replies. Despite what others may say, I do not have access to stockings/tights (but at least I got the order of them right, eh boys?) :laugh3:
Please don't stop the suggestions. I will get there :)

 

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