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Old 21-05-2018, 03:17 PM   #661
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Nice. The layout looks a lovely length.
That’s only one board MG. In total it’s about 24’.
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Old 21-05-2018, 06:03 PM   #662
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I thought it looked a nice length. Isn't 24' a bit long to go on the car?
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Old 21-05-2018, 06:11 PM   #663
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You’ve lost me now.
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Old 21-05-2018, 07:13 PM   #664
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For "on" read "in". Where was a car mentioned?
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Old 21-05-2018, 07:18 PM   #665
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Is my thinking of portability. Dont worry. Is just me thinking aloud.
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Old 21-05-2018, 07:42 PM   #666
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Is my thinking of portability. Dont worry. Is just me thinking aloud.
I see.

I did make the layout portable but not for transporting anywhere. It runs around my shed just above another layout so I constructed it on six boards so that when work is needed I just cart that board down to my other ‘dirty’ shed without fear of damaging anything.

Judging by the amount of dilute PVA dripping off the board that was a good idea.
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A good plan to make it portable. Easier when one needs to do those difficult jobs.
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Toned down that very clean, bright ballast with a bit of weathering. Reasonably happy as a first attempt with the airbrush.

20180522_150514 by Steve Mumford, on Flickr

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Old 22-05-2018, 04:40 PM   #669
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Looking good Steve. I found weathering ballast really tricky and I'm quite arty - and I'm still not sure I've got it right. The secret seems to be build up the colours gradually.
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Looking good Steve. I found weathering ballast really tricky and I'm quite arty - and I'm still not sure I've got it right. The secret seems to be build up the colours gradually.
My ‘arty’ phase stopped with those big pots of poster colours at infant school.

Like you, I’m not sure I’ve got it right on here but it’s better than just the bare ballast. I reckon it will tone down further when I add the static grass.

I agree in building up layers - I had already sprayed the track with Humbrol no. 29 prior to ballasting.

With the airbrush (really cheap basic thing from a Machine Mart) I went over the rails and adjacent ballast with ‘dark earth’. Then added a dark strip down the centre in dark grey. Finally I added a few darker patches around the points and standing areas using a shade called tire black.

Neither of my local shops had much choice in paints so I tried a brand called ‘Mr Hobby’ - sprays really well using their own thinners.
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