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  • #61
    Hey, Russ: IF you are a "student", rest assured your work rates a CARLOAD of A-pluses!!!!!! Keep up the excellent work!! John
    "I LIVE FOR VINTAGE VARNISH"

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    • #62
      I just put down some ballast as a test and needed to see what it looked like close up...nothing like a camera for that! The size of the ballast is what I wanted, but the coloring is totally off. Even though it will lighten up when dry, I'll have to weather it down with powders to give it that soft, dirty look.







      Tomorrow I'll start playing with the color to get a look that I like.


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      • #63
        I finally achieved the look that I wanted. I used weathering powders to tone down and flatten out the hard colors of the ballast and hand painted the ties. I came up with just enough contrast so that the ties don't get lost in the ballast and variation in color to break up any uniformity.



        Stay tuned!

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        • #64
          Russ,

          That toned down ballast looks great.
          Bruce

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          • #65
            Thanks, Bruce...

            I followed your suggestions about allowing the glue/water mixture to soak between the ties and run under the rails. I also pre-soaked the ballast with alcohol which drew the mixture right in through the ballast. No big loose chunks this time.

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            • #66
              Russ

              Ballast, ties and rail look spot on and right on the money.

              Peter

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              • #67
                Hey, Russ: Once again, you've outdone yourself, my friend!![:-basketball] It's clear that you MUST have been one heckuva gandy dancer in your former life!! Seriously, EXCELLENT work!![:-basketball] John
                "I LIVE FOR VINTAGE VARNISH"

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                • #68
                  Russ,

                  You're making some great progress! I really like your ballasting work & weathering. I'll give you a call this week and can plan to hook up and work on the framework.

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                  • #69
                    Russ, the "toned down" ballast looks great. One question for you though, what size ballast did you use, I know you are modeling in S scale and the size of the ballast looks "right" to me. I'm presently struggling with ballast size on my On30 layout and the ballast size I was planning on using looks too big for me.

                    Thanks in advance,
                    Ron Newby

                    General Manager

                    Clearwater Valley Railway Co.

                    http://cvry.ca

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                    • #70
                      Russ,

                      Looks excellent and I see you are making great progress.

                      A quick question, is this your first actual layout that you have built.

                      I remember seeing your rolling stock and a structure or two but don't ever remember you doing more than designing an actual layout.
                      <img src="http://www.railroad-line.com/forum/data/bbags/20076794158_b3b.jpg" alt="" /><br /><br>John Bagley<br /><br>Modeling the Alaska Railroad in HO in Wildwood Georgia.

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                      • #71
                        Ron...This is the large size ballast. None of the Woodland Scenic's ballast goes up in scale into S and O scale, it's just fine, medium, and large.

                        John...This is, in fact and indeed, my very first layout. Never did hand laid track before, either. [:I] I've spent a good amount of time seeking out advice from the masters here and reading up. We'll know how the wiring works out when I throw the switch! [:-hot] [:-shake] [:-scared]

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                        • #72
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                          Originally posted by slimrails


                          John...This is, in fact and indeed, my very first layout. Never did hand laid track before, either. [:I] I've spent a good amount of time seeking out advice from the masters here and reading up. We'll know how the wiring works out when I throw the switch! [:-hot] [:-shake] [:-scared]


                          Nothing to be ashamed of Russ.

                          We all started at different times in our lives.

                          I just wanted to know if I should have the champange(ginger ale) ready for toasting the layout when you throw the switch.
                          <img src="http://www.railroad-line.com/forum/data/bbags/20076794158_b3b.jpg" alt="" /><br /><br>John Bagley<br /><br>Modeling the Alaska Railroad in HO in Wildwood Georgia.

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                          • #73
                            John...

                            It was always sumpin', ya know? No space, no dough, no time, and blah, blah. I finally made space (basement in rental home) found time (mostly weekends) and found the money (sold off most of my HO stuff). So, I decided if not now, then when?

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                            • #74
                              Looking very good Russ!

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                              • #75
                                Very nice trackwork, Russ. Your ballast looks right.

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