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Ballast Magic Ratio Mix
« on: September 28, 2018, 01:44:38 pm »
Decided to do a bit of an experiment using:



Mixed each one in the ration 5:1 (5 materials to 1 powder), and put some down with a spoon dry:

Then watered it:


Left it to dry over night ... then tried some mild finger pressure on each:


The Corse Grey was worst and crumbled easily, the Medium Grey was the best for maintaining it's structural integrity. The Corse Light Grey was about as bad as the Corse Grey. The Medium Light Grey seemed to be ok, but crumbled also! Oh Well!

Left for another day then pressed with fingers again ... and this was what was left!


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Re: Ballast Magic Ratio Mix
« Reply #1 on: September 28, 2018, 01:48:33 pm »
Erm ... OOPS! Thought I was posting this in "Scenery/Landscaping"!!?
Perhaps a mod can move it please  :-[

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Re: Ballast Magic Ratio Mix
« Reply #2 on: September 28, 2018, 01:54:30 pm »
Thanks for this, it's confirmed something I suspected. When using Ballast Magic, as you lay the ballast, the smaller 'granules' of powder will fall through the gaps in the ballast. When watered, more of the powder gets washed lower through the ballast, hence the loose top.

You've saved me the hassle of doing my own tests, I shall eventually be using the watered down PVA method.

Thanks again.
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Re: Ballast Magic Ratio Mix
« Reply #3 on: September 28, 2018, 03:43:17 pm »
I used Noch Profi Ballast (N-Gauge / TT Gauge), Granite Grey in my case.  I mixed it about 6:1 (ballast to ballast magic).  It begins to set within seconds of spraying with a fine water spray and, after an hour or two, it sets like concrete and is the very devil to get up again if you evr need to lift the track.  You do need to mix it thoroughly before starting.  The ballast becomes a lighter colour when mixed but, after spraying with water it becomes slightly darker than it is straight out of the packet.  I don't have any experience of course ballast, but suspect that it might not give such good results.
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Ballast Magic Ratio Mix - mixing the mix
« Reply #4 on: September 29, 2018, 07:49:06 am »
Experiment II - mixing the mix:






This set far more solid than the 5:1 mixes, and the Corse Grains were held better.

But does it look PINK to you?
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Re: Ballast Magic Ratio Mix
« Reply #5 on: September 29, 2018, 08:03:59 am »
Does have a pinkish hue, could represent granite.
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