is ordinary sand from the childrens playground. First I
filled a bucket with water and filled the sand into it and
stired round and round to clean the sand from small
branches and leaf. This will float up to the surface while
the sand will sink to the bottom. Then I let it all dry up
well. After a few days I had the sand run through a fine
masked wire cloth to separate the smallest grains. It's Z
To get the colour right, I
stired in a dash of brown paint mixed up with water.
the tracks have been glued to the surface. then the dry
sand is formed with a dry paintbrush.
Gluing the sand
Here is a very importent
tool. The pipette. It is used to aply the glue to the
I have purchased it at the
First I fill a spray can
with water. Then I ad som dishwashing liquid to the water.
This is to spray the sand with before applying the glue.
Now it is time for the
glue. I have used ordinary white glue. The type of glue I
use for wood. Not sure what it is called in english.
The glue must be mixed up
with water to make it thinner. I have used one part glue
and 2 parts water.
First the sand must be
sprayed with the water which contains dishwashing liquid.
This is to prevent the glue to stay on top of the sand
instead of mix into the sand. The dishwashing liquid makes
the grains slippery....
|Now it's time to
apply the glue. The pipette is a good tool for this job.
It's imortent to use plentiful of glue.
Do not be afraid when it
all looks white and messy... It will be just perfect when
it has dryed up.
|The sand may
move a litle when the water is applyed with the spray can.
That can easyli be fixed by gently touching it with the
fingertips before it dryes up. It will take some hours
before it is all dry.
Remember to wipe off the
glue from the top of the rails before it dryes. Be
carefull to not wipe off the sand.
This is the first layout I
have aplyed my own ballast to.
I would not have been able
to get this nice result without all the help and tips from
other Modelrailroaders I have met on the internet. Thank
|If this is not
done carefully, the expression "Sand in the
machinery" gets a new meaning....
It is very importent to
avoid to get sand in betwen the two ties which suround the
rod to the mechanism.
It is also very imortant
that the rails can move freely without being hindered by
grains on top of the ties.
Last, it is very importent
to keep the magnets that move the turnouts free from
water. Do not use the spray can on the turnouts. Use the
pipette to apply the water carefully.
This is not easy.... I used
two to three houres on each turnout!
was used to remove grains from the fine mechanism.