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Re: First time ballasting
« Reply #45 on: April 28, 2018, 12:13:46 pm »
If I decided to use sand where can I buy it from and does it come in different colours??????

Oh yes you can get nice clean and dry fine sand in all sorts of colours, for art purposes (like filling glass objects with multi coloured layers). Have you got an art and craft shop nearby?   

Ebay has literally tons of the stuff for art and modelling / wargaming purposes. 

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Re: First time ballasting
« Reply #46 on: April 28, 2018, 12:51:54 pm »
I,m coming to Aussie for my holidays this year so might do the same.

Nice fine stuff in the dunes and you can paint it any colour you want. I think we can spare half a jam jar.

That's probably more than you're ever going to need anyway.  ;) :beers:
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Re: First time ballasting
« Reply #47 on: April 28, 2018, 12:54:51 pm »
How big are your jam jars?

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Re: First time ballasting
« Reply #48 on: April 28, 2018, 12:59:57 pm »
 :laughabovepost:

Same as yours, mate. Just keeping the environmentalists happy  :thumbsup:

Seriously, I filled a jar up with sand from our local beach in 1977, and it's still sitting under my layout half full.  :beers:
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Re: First time ballasting
« Reply #49 on: April 28, 2018, 02:07:06 pm »
If you have a local pet shop pop down and ask if they have some Chinchilla sand and have a look at it. I believe that is extremely fine!

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Re: First time ballasting
« Reply #50 on: April 30, 2018, 05:02:01 pm »
I started ballasting my track but was told it was much to big although it was fine, I,d glued some of it down but then removed it all, sinse then parts of my track does not work including parts that had not been ballast and then other parts work fine.

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Re: First time ballasting
« Reply #51 on: April 30, 2018, 06:00:13 pm »
That's really frustrating!

Possibly the removing of the ballast has caused the fishplates to come away from the rail(s).

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Re: First time ballasting
« Reply #52 on: May 16, 2018, 09:20:13 pm »
I tried chinchilla sand ( its c&%p ) it goes like a horrible mush so I,ve ordered fine gray woodland scenics ballast to see if that's any different. Hope it is cos its bloody expensive. Any comments welcome.

    PS someone suggested buggie seed sieved !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!.

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Re: First time ballasting
« Reply #53 on: May 16, 2018, 10:02:20 pm »
I,ve ordered fine gray woodland scenics ballast to see if that's any different. Hope it is cos its bloody expensive. Any comments welcome.

Yep, that's what I've used since the mid 90s. Does the job for me.
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Re: First time ballasting
« Reply #54 on: May 17, 2018, 09:05:55 am »
You actually use Buggie seed ?

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Re: First time ballasting
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Re: First time ballasting
« Reply #56 on: June 03, 2018, 06:40:22 pm »
I am also in the early stages of my first ballasting experience, using the gaugemaster n gauge granite, which does tend to make the black Peco sleepers disappear, using a pipette, PVA/water 40/60 mix and a few drops of washing up liquid, it’s going reasonably well, if tedious, after learning to avoid points like the plague the glue mix somehow manages to travel an inch or so to the tie bar and blades of its own accord, my main concern is the glue mix that settles on the inside and outside of the rails turns a quite vivid green, the ballast itself looks ok, this green residue is a devil to remove using fine screwdriver and knife, after cleaning the top of the rail the locos run well, I was not going to paint/ weather the sides of the rails but am tempted to do so to cover this very noticeable green residue, any suggestions gratefully received.
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Re: First time ballasting
« Reply #57 on: June 03, 2018, 08:06:31 pm »
I have heard of ballast turning green before :hmmm:
Having watched many of Michael Portaloo's UK train journies I noticed from the air much of the rails and track bed look brown so I took to spraying mine all over with Railmatch sleeper grime (ref 1406). You need to mask off point blades and wipe the rail tops of paint before it dries.
However, brown is not to everyones' taste so hopefully you'll get some more replies you can make a decision on.

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Re: First time ballasting
« Reply #58 on: June 03, 2018, 08:26:56 pm »
Thanks Mick, I don’t have a spray gun do you think I can get any sort of finish with a brush?

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Re: First time ballasting
« Reply #59 on: June 03, 2018, 08:35:35 pm »
Thanks Mick, I don’t have a spray gun do you think I can get any sort of finish with a brush?

Sorry, Stephen. Should have said. It's a spray rattle can so no other kit required.

 

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