Ballasting N scale track, could this work be more fussy?
I made my foray into ballasting track last night. I am using two sources as my howto. Cody Grivno's article in Model Railroader and Joe Fugates Siskiyou Site. Joes section on ballasting is on the second page of that thread. He covers this on the video too.. but I did not have that up last night.
Anyway, I am currently using woodland scenics fine light gray ballast because "thats what I have"(R). This stuff is incredibly fussy. Even the the bristles from the softest and smallest brush has enough spring to sent the particles everywhere. I ended up using a toothpick to spread the little bits as best I could. At my current rate of speed, I have will my 3x5 layout ballasted in 2012.
Does anyone have suggestions for spreading and evening ballast on N-scale track. Would my experience be different with one of the ground rock products like Arizona Rock & Mineral or Highball? They might be something for me to try on a future layout.
So far the part I was worried about.. the light weight crushed walnut shell of WS ballast floating around.. has not occured pre-wetting wth 70% isopropyl and using a 3:1 white glue mixture per Joe's thread. Per Cody's article, I am starting with the middle and letting the part I did last night dry. Tonight I will spread glue on the shoulders and get that started.
Thanks in advance for any advice. Please keep in mind I work in N scale.. I will post some pics on my blog along with the far more succesful project coloring my cast plaster bridge abutments.
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