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Old 14-04-2018, 11:33 PM   #21
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I'm going to try shed felt for ballast. A tip from Youtube.
Not sure how it will go and getting it level but worth a try.
I needed to patch a small area of my shed and had to buy a huge roll so might as well.
I have just got a 5M roll as our old shed was de-roofed in the last gale we had. It has green specks in the new felt. I'd be pleased to hear how you fair. Getting some track down will be the next job after I get the garage stuff sorted .
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Old 15-04-2018, 08:15 AM   #22
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I think I saw a video on YouTube using roof felt. I wasnít convinced personally... I think anything that is effectively a sheet and doesnít fill the sleepers in wonít look right.

Planning on doing some ballasting today and I like the idea of using diluted black paint to weather it a bit. Might try that when Iím finished.
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Old 15-04-2018, 08:22 AM   #23
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I agree with you Steve. I have the ballast spreading tool and a 1/2 inch paint brush. Take your time add the glue, done. Little bit longer with points. Quite therapeutic.
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I agree with you Steve. I have the ballast spreading tool and a 1/2 inch paint brush. Take your time add the glue, done. Little bit longer with points. Quite therapeutic.
I watched the ballasting using roofing felt and tape on YouTube - like you I was skeptical. It was for a test track as was the double sided tape. I have plenty of the tape here left over from carpeting the floor of the garage.

The first bit of ballasting is unlikely to last long if Yelrow proves right. If so it might be useful to use screws first then when a layout is established use the pins, ballast and glue.
Is the ballasting tool the one I have seen advertised, made of perspex/similar that one fills with ballasting stuff? If so then I can get one.
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That’s the one Jim. I’ll look for a link.


Edit. I’ve got this one. https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/OO-Gauge-...kAAOSwFyhZ7LJV


There are several different makes if you Google OO scale ballast spreader.
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Old 15-04-2018, 09:48 AM   #26
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Just because it’s on YouTube doesn’t mean it’s the right way to go so I can’t help but think the roofing felt approach is wrong - I have seen it used effectively on outdoor O gauge but for anything smaller where keeping the track flat and level becomes more important I feel it would be more of a hinderance than a help.
Add to that the fact that the grit on felt is grossly over scale and isn’t stuck down that well..........
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Ballast should be more or less level with the top of the sleepers, track lays in it not on it, so roofing felt seems to be a very odd thing to use.
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Personally I donít think you need any tools aside from an old spoon! Havenít glued this down yet but only took me 5 minutes to lay it out. Need to tidy it a bit but it looks ok.
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Thatís the one Jim. Iíll look for a link.

Edit. Iíve got this one. https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/OO-Gauge-...kAAOSwFyhZ7LJV

There are several different makes if you Google OO scale ballast spreader.
Thanks for the link. All ordered and expect delivery Wed/Thur .
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I think the reason felt is used outside is to protect the track bed.
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