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Re: Kato track ballast
« Reply #15 on: May 12, 2019, 07:31:28 PM »
And this is an example of Kato track ballasted and 'scenicked'.



Notice how they've only added loose ballast to the outside and left the actual sleepers and rails clear.  Very sensible.   I would add a little light airbrush weathering to blend everything in and take away the plastic look.
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Re: Kato track ballast
« Reply #16 on: May 12, 2019, 08:09:22 PM »
And this is an example of Kato track ballasted and 'scenicked'.




Are we correct in thinking you don't ballast the top of the track?

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Re: Kato track ballast
« Reply #17 on: May 12, 2019, 08:16:31 PM »

Notice how they've only added loose ballast to the outside and left the actual sleepers and rails clear.  Very sensible.   I would add a little light airbrush weathering to blend everything in and take away the plastic look.

 @ntpntpntp  Nice to know that somebody thinks I am sensible!  :thumbsup:

@barneyadi  I do not, as a general rule, ballast the top of the track, although if some does get between the sleepers - and sticks - I leave it. The one , (and only disadvantage as far as I am concerned), of Kato Unitrack is its uniformity. Anything I can do to disrupt that uniformity a bit is fine by me.
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Re: Kato track ballast
« Reply #18 on: May 12, 2019, 08:33:17 PM »
This is a subject that I'm watching closely as I'm laying my first Unitrack layout.

It seems that there are some who ballast Unitrack a bit different than the usual way. In using Google I came across this video which I found interesting.

https://youtu.be/bs4ta2ZpxMQ
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Re: Kato track ballast
« Reply #19 on: May 12, 2019, 08:45:59 PM »
It seems that there are some who ballast Unitrack a bit different than the usual way. In using Google I came across this video which I found interesting.

https://youtu.be/bs4ta2ZpxMQ

Well all he's suggesting is to apply an initial layer of ballast using neat white glue simply because watered down glue won't stick to the plastic.  Other than that he's ballasting in pretty much the usual way.
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Re: Kato track ballast
« Reply #20 on: May 12, 2019, 09:08:10 PM »
I must admit when I am initially applying the ballast, I run a small bead of PVA on to the side of the plastic track and carry it down to where the track meets the baseboard. I then sprinkle on the ballast from a spoon. Once this has gone off, if I need to add more ballast, I then use watered down, (50/50 ish) PVA, applied with a pipette.
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Re: Kato track ballast
« Reply #21 on: May 13, 2019, 03:50:06 PM »
Does anyone know the width of a single track with ballast either side?

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Re: Kato track ballast
« Reply #22 on: May 13, 2019, 06:47:14 PM »
And here is a test piece, with one side of track ballasted. Doesn't look too bad.




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Re: Kato track ballast
« Reply #23 on: May 13, 2019, 07:25:28 PM »
Look at photos of the real thing in the kind of setting you are modelling, to get a feel for how wide the ballast may spread either side of the track.  It varies  :D






I do agree with the earlier comment that those grains you're using  look rather too large.

I use Woodland Scenics fine light grey (and even that is strictly speaking too large, but it works for me)


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Re: Kato track ballast
« Reply #24 on: May 13, 2019, 07:32:20 PM »
Will definitely use another ballast as agree the test one is a little big. Got the kato stuff itself or a woodland scenic mix will do.

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Re: Kato track ballast
« Reply #25 on: May 13, 2019, 10:51:05 PM »
Hamster / rodent sand is a possibility that ha been suggested. Not sure of colour though.
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Re: Kato track ballast
« Reply #26 on: May 15, 2019, 06:52:36 PM »
So got the fine ballast today, and mixed it as per forum suggestion. Looks a lot smaller when compared to the peco stuff (on the right)




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Re: Kato track ballast
« Reply #27 on: May 15, 2019, 07:56:04 PM »
Much better  :thumbsup:
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Re: Kato track ballast
« Reply #28 on: May 16, 2019, 01:18:08 PM »
So got the fine ballast today, and mixed it as per forum suggestion. Looks a lot smaller when compared to the peco stuff (on the right)





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