Subscriber & Member Login

Login, or register today to interact in our online community, comment on articles, receive our newsletter, manage your account online and more!

Do you paint the cork before putting down the ballast?

1074 views
48 replies
1 rating 2 rating 3 rating 4 rating 5 rating
  • Member since
    June, 2007
  • From: Northern Virginia
  • 5,871 posts
Posted by riogrande5761 on Thursday, October 11, 2018 5:06 PM

michaelrose55

I make my own. It's lasercut taskboard. This way I have precision whe I lay track.

 
I have never heard of task board.  What kind of material is it.  
 
I get precision by laying cork halves on the center-line I draw using my scale layout plan.  Different means to an end.

Rio Grande.  The Action Road

  • Member since
    July, 2018
  • 67 posts
Posted by IDRick on Thursday, October 11, 2018 8:41 PM

wp8thsub

I airbrushed this track, so there wasn't much overspray.

Rob, I like the building in the above picture.  Is this a model or scratch build?  What do you call that type of wall structure?  We have buildings like this in Idaho and I've wanted to scratchbuild one for my layout.  Thanks

  • Member since
    November, 2002
  • From: US
  • 2,232 posts
Posted by wp8thsub on Thursday, October 11, 2018 10:22 PM

IDRick
Rob, I like the building in the above picture.  Is this a model or scratch build?  What do you call that type of wall structure?

That was built from Great West Models kit http://www.greatwestmodels.com/ .  The website is still up, but I'm not sure how current anything is.  The kits had modular sections that could be assembled in any configutation, and they also had packages of just the walls.

I'm not sure what the official name for this style of panel is, but it's a variation on concrete tilt-up construction used in a lot of country.

Rob Spangler

  • Member since
    February, 2003
  • From: Morristown, NJ
  • 342 posts
Posted by nealknows on Friday, October 12, 2018 7:14 AM

wp8thsub
 

That was built from Great West Models kit http://www.greatwestmodels.com/ .  The website is still up, but I'm not sure how current anything is.  The kits had modular sections that could be assembled in any configutation, and they also had packages of just the walls.

I'm not sure what the official name for this style of panel is, but it's a variation on concrete tilt-up construction used in a lot of country.

I don't think they're still in business. They're not listed in the Walthers Catalog and I haven't seen anything around in the form of building kits in hobby shops, EBay or train shows. 

Many years ago I bought a number of their kits and kitbashed a large structure for my layout. 

Neal

  • Member since
    June, 2007
  • From: Northern Virginia
  • 5,871 posts
Posted by riogrande5761 on Friday, October 12, 2018 8:28 AM

That is a shame if GWM is no longer in business.  I like their buildings; hoping I am not a day late and a dollar short.

I have tried emailing and calling the number; the email was not bounced back yet and there was a voicemail I could leave a message at.  Time will tell.

Rio Grande.  The Action Road

  • Member since
    December, 2010
  • 861 posts
Posted by michaelrose55 on Friday, October 12, 2018 8:44 AM

riogrande5761

 

 
michaelrose55

I make my own. It's lasercut taskboard. This way I have precision whe I lay track.

 

 

 
I have never heard of task board.  What kind of material is it.  
 
I get precision by laying cork halves on the center-line I draw using my scale layout plan.  Different means to an end.
 

You can buy taskboard here: https://www.taskboard.com/

It's a paper based product that can be used for all kinds of modeling. 

  • Member since
    June, 2007
  • From: Northern Virginia
  • 5,871 posts
Posted by riogrande5761 on Friday, October 12, 2018 9:29 AM

Thanks for the info Mike.  BTW, does that tackboard old spikes or track nails?

It looks a bit similar to Homasote (paper product) but maybe lighter and less dense.  In the past I have cut strips from stanadard half-inch Homasote for track subroadbed and kerfed it where it needed to be curved.  I have acquired a small amount of a commercial product for track called Homabed and it's pretty nice stuff too, but not sure of it's availability now.  On my last layout I went old school and used sheets of Homasote for yards and standard Midwest split cork for mainline - which I sanded before laying track. 

It's good to know various options however to evaluate for the future.

Rio Grande.  The Action Road

  • Member since
    December, 2010
  • 861 posts
Posted by michaelrose55 on Friday, October 12, 2018 9:48 AM

riogrande5761

Thanks for the info Mike.  BTW, does that tackboard old spikes or track nails?

I've never tried but I have my doubts...

  • Member since
    June, 2007
  • From: Northern Virginia
  • 5,871 posts
Posted by riogrande5761 on Friday, October 12, 2018 9:50 AM

Makes sense; low density material didn't seem likely to hold nails or spikes, which I prefer to adhesives at the track laying stage.  I really really like not having to use adhesives when first laying track - has saved me a lot of time and trouble revising when needed, and on my last layout, for a mulititude of reasons I need to pull up and relay in several area's; one reason was water issues and I had to disassemble some sections to deal with it and put them back.

 

Never seen anything like your tackboard; when I saw your photo's at first, I thought it was slot car track!  Seriously!

Rio Grande.  The Action Road

  • Member since
    February, 2003
  • From: Morristown, NJ
  • 342 posts
Posted by nealknows on Friday, October 12, 2018 1:55 PM

Hi riogrande5761,

I posted pics of the structure I made using various kits and parts from Great West Models

http://cs.trains.com/mrr/f/88/p/272466/3097812.aspx#3097812

Neal

  • Member since
    June, 2007
  • From: Northern Virginia
  • 5,871 posts
Posted by riogrande5761 on Friday, October 12, 2018 2:15 PM

nealknows

Hi riogrande5761,

I posted pics of the structure I made using various kits and parts from Great West Models

I wouldn't mind getting some Great Western Models buildings or sides myself, but are they even selling product anylonger?

Rio Grande.  The Action Road

  • Member since
    February, 2003
  • From: Morristown, NJ
  • 342 posts
Posted by nealknows on Friday, October 12, 2018 2:32 PM

riogrande5761

I wouldn't mind getting some Great Western Models buildings or sides myself, but are they even selling product anylonger?

Not to my knowledge. If they are, no one carries their line. I've been to LHS in NY, NJ, MA, CT, FL, PA and train shows. No one has any of the line. 

 

  • Member since
    June, 2007
  • From: Northern Virginia
  • 5,871 posts
Posted by riogrande5761 on Friday, October 12, 2018 5:36 PM

nealknows

 

 
riogrande5761

I wouldn't mind getting some Great Western Models buildings or sides myself, but are they even selling product anylonger?

 

 

Not to my knowledge. If they are, no one carries their line. I've been to LHS in NY, NJ, MA, CT, FL, PA and train shows. No one has any of the line.

That a shame.

Rio Grande.  The Action Road

  • Member since
    February, 2008
  • 6,259 posts
Posted by maxman on Friday, October 12, 2018 5:55 PM

riogrande5761
I wouldn't mind getting some Great Western Models buildings or sides myself, but are they even selling product anylonger?

A minor point, but it is Great West Models.  Great Western Models is something different.

I have seen some of the Great West Models building kits at the Timonium show.

  • Member since
    July, 2006
  • From: Central Vermont
  • 4,035 posts
Posted by cowman on Friday, October 12, 2018 6:13 PM

I first thought of using stone textured paint matching my ballast under my turnouts to make them look ballasted with much less ballast around the moving parts.  As I get older (Parts of me are already there), I am thinking more and more of prepainting even before laying the cork down.  My feeling is that it would look a little better and reduce the need to ballast until the track had proven itself 100% free of flaws.  (Alright, as free as possible.)

Good luck,

Richard

  • Member since
    August, 2003
  • From: Collinwood, Ohio, USA
  • 6,394 posts
Posted by gmpullman on Friday, October 12, 2018 8:40 PM

maxman
A minor point, but it is Great West Models. 

I'd say more like a major point...

http://www.greatwestmodels.com/

Cheers, Ed

  • Member since
    December, 2015
  • 3,872 posts
Posted by BigDaddy on Friday, October 12, 2018 8:53 PM

gmpullman
I'd say more like a major point... http://www.greatwestmodels.com/

Maybe, but I'm not ordering from any company where the "New Product" page says available Fall 2008

Henry

COB Potomac & Northern

By the Chesapeake Bay

  • Member since
    August, 2003
  • From: Collinwood, Ohio, USA
  • 6,394 posts
Posted by gmpullman on Friday, October 12, 2018 10:40 PM

BigDaddy

 

 
gmpullman
I'd say more like a major point... http://www.greatwestmodels.com/

 

Maybe, but I'm not ordering from any company where the "New Product" page says available Fall 2008

 

As soon as they get a new Fleming Valve tube for their computer they plan to update their site.

I see this quite frequently with many model RR sites.

Good Luck, Ed

  • Member since
    February, 2008
  • 6,259 posts
Posted by maxman on Friday, October 12, 2018 11:36 PM

gmpullman
As soon as they get a new Fleming Valve tube for their computer they plan to update their site.

Rather than wasting time waiting for the Fleming Valve tube, they should just replace the entire turboencabulator.

Subscriber & Member Login

Login, or register today to interact in our online community, comment on articles, receive our newsletter, manage your account online and more!

Users Online

Search the Community

ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT
Model Railroader Newsletter See all
Sign up for our FREE e-newsletter and get model railroad news in your inbox!