What color ballast?

Discussion in 'HO Scale Model Trains' started by Rusty Spike, Jun 16, 2004.

  1. Rusty Spike

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    . . . and a few more . . .

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    I like that flatcar idea. Do you have any other pics of it? Like how that piece on the front goes over the tracks.
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    I'll try to get a pic of the flat car yet today . . .
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    The ballast flat car is nothing too special. It does however leave behind close the final amount of ballast after a few passes and it is spread evenly. I mounted the foam to the front of the car with sprew pieces from a plastic kit - I super glued them to the top of the flat car. The foam is glued to them with PL300 foam adhesive. I positioned the foam so it pressed down firmly against the tops of the ties then removed the profile of the rails with a sharp knife. I had to tighten down the truck mounting screw on the flat to minimize tipping from left and right. It looks a little worn now but it still works pretty well.

    I use a 3/4" brush for the final step - I put tape around the bristles except for the last 1/8" inch. By keeping part of the brush over the rail head, you can't push the brush down too far and drag a bunch of material out from between the ties.

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