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which brand/color ballast most realistic for mainline?

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Posted by ricktrains4824 on Friday, April 2, 2021 7:00 PM

Pre-wetting properly with alcohol or "wet water" is very important, even with "real rock" ballast. 

I learned the hard way on a test section on my last layout... The glue didn't penetrate all the way through because I hadn't soaked the ballast down enough with the alcohol prior to gluing. So, when I cleaned up the excess, huge chunks broke off with the soft brush, leaving 1/87th dinosaur sized craters....

Ricky W.

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Posted by jjdamnit on Tuesday, April 6, 2021 1:39 PM

Hello All,

When it comes to the application of the ballast of choice check out this thread...

Instant Track-Tackit Ballast Adhesive Questions

Hope this helps.

 

"Uhh...I didn’t know it was 'impossible' I just made it work...sorry"

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