Quite liked these modelling tips that came in. Please keep ’em coming!
“Best method of creating a landscape? Sprays. Just spray your layout with a spray gun or can (obviously before anything goes on). Then cover with another colour or go straight to laying track, scenery, and other goodies.
Bit obvious but it helps!”
“To BROWN or not to BROWN.
I have never been very big on the black ties of flex-track. I usually lightly spray paint the flex track with a dull brown acrylic ( I suppose a gray would be OK too).
This makes the shiny black ties appear more natural and weathered. Sure this will paint the track but a light sandpaper will remove the paint, restores the contact and rail shine. I also sand the interior of the rails to improve wheel contact.
You can also paint switches, turnouts and crossings to blend but extra sanding is needed at all electrical points of contact of the throws and frogs of the turnout itself.
I usually do all of this “RR tie painting” anytime before applying ballast.”
GRADING is not too difficult to achieve as long as you don’t exceed a max of 4.5% elevation.
Take in consideration the height of an over/underpass. The elevation angle is determined by cumulative height of… “the cork-bed ballast, the track/ties and the tallest car plus .25″ clearance”. This will give the total inches/degree of elevation on a run of 100″.
Lets say that the total height is 4.5″; that converts to a 4.5% elevation over a 100″ of linear track. If the running length of track is say 75″ then the angle becomes greater to 6.7% (too great and possibly will stall any long run train). Compared to a running length of 120″ (10-feet) equals 4.2% angle of elevation/grading.
Multiply your grading/elevation by 2 to allow for down grading as well at the same “gentle decline”
“The best thing I can say — makeup removal. I use cotton wool that comes in pleats. Just tear these pleats apart (or even just get regular cotton wool) and rap around a thin piece of solder. insert the solder into your old steamless loco and there you have it: smoke effects!”
“My tip is get the correct couplers you need so you dont get them mixed up like tyco or the knuckle couplers”
And if you missed my last missive, it’s here. Pat needed some help to get started. Thanks to all those who took the trouble to post, and steer Pat (and many others – including me – in the right direction).