RE: [7mm NGA] Woodlands Scenics Ballast - was Painting rails/sleepers
- I am not sure of the process used by others but I find spraying with wet
water first using a fine mist then adding the glue/latex paint/water mixture
with an eyedropper between the ties works well for me. Also, I don't use a
track rubber to remove the paint from the rails. I wipe it off as I go and
use business cards to polish the residue. I think the track rubber promotes
scratches and hence dirt buildup.
Vincent Bradley, Cincinnati
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Subject: Re: [7mm NGA] Woodlands Scenics Ballast - was Painting
To be truthful, I have never found it to float on any mixture so long as it
has adequate wetting agent (wash liquid) added; nor have I found it to
expand. Some glues might though. e.g.. Cynoacrylate !! and Polystyrene when
it is rewetted.
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From: John Dennis
Sent: Monday, December 11, 2006 11:50 PM
Subject: [7mm NGA] Woodlands Scenics Ballast - was Painting rails/sleepers
That's an interesting comment about Woodlands Scenics ballast
expanding. My current HOn30 layout used Woodlands exclusively, and I
have never experienced that behaviour. I don't particularly like
Woodlands, and won't use it on any future layout, but that's because I
find that it floats on the water/glue mixture, and so the nicely
crafted shape is now wrong with bits lying on top of sleepers, etc,
but I have never noticed any swelling. There's a local cottage
industry here in Oz selling bags of crushed stone as ballast, which
doesn't float in this way, and they will be my next ballast supplier.
I am certain I would have read similar warnings in the US model mags
and internet groups, as many of the layouts over there use Woodlands.
What exactly is your ballasting technique?
On Mon, 11 Dec 2006 23:39:22 -0000, "adriangrayfr"
>Beware of Woodland Scencs and Greenscene ballast made from ground
>nutshells and the like.
>You lay it carefully and then, when you add the wet glue, the shells
>all expand, like indoor firework volcanoes of old, and your ballast has
>risen above the sleepers, sometimes even rails, and looks awful!!
John Dennis jdennis@...
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