Ballasting blues

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  1. CSXFan

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    hey all, i just got started on the new N scale layout and i'm getting ready to lay the cork roadbed down on the foam. however, the cork has blunt edges! I want the nice tapered edge look so how can i achieve this? I'm no Shamus so i need some help.:)
  2. plbab

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    Is it the type that needs to be seperated ? It should be cut down the middle.
  3. roryglasgow

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    Like Plbab said, you cut it down the middle (it should already have a seam in it). The two halves have been cut at an angle. If you're careful, you can just pull the stuff apart. Set the two "blunt" edges together. They do it that way so that the two sides can "slide" when you're laying the cork on curves.

    After you put down the track, use sandpaper to smooth out the edges and remove any burrs.
  4. alkcnw

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    Hey CSX, Better double check before you pull to hard on that roadbed! Depending on which company made it, it may not be split. I almost bought some like that in HO gauge once but when I noticed it I put it back!! If it dosn't separate you either have to slit it on an angle down the middle or taper the sides after laying with plaster or wood putty.:eek:
  5. CSXFan

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    ok, it has a seam in the middle thanks guys. i was thinking about ballasting my bachman easy track but it looks too fake for my tastes.
  6. farmer ron

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    CSX FAN, before you ballast take some sandpaper or a small rasp and take the shoulders of the cord down a little, this way you do not have that square shoulder look, looks more naturally sloped
    Ron..