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Re: T-TRAK: PRR MG Interlocking
« Reply #15 on: April 12, 2020, 07:58:52 PM »
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I will absolutely ballast. @Dave V how did you do yours? I have that ballast that @GaryHinshaw swears by. Would that be thin enough?

I used the same Woodland Scenics Gray Blend I'd used for the rest of the JD.  At best you can very carefully get a single layer in between the ties but TBH you'll see in between the pieces if you do that.  I had painted the rails with a Floquil rail paint pen and painted the ties by hand with a brush using Poly Scale Railroad Tie Brown. 

That said, you'll see that--as is always the case--a little weathering covers all sins.  Weathering between the rails blends it all together.
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Re: T-TRAK: PRR MG Interlocking
« Reply #16 on: April 12, 2020, 08:28:38 PM »
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Re: T-TRAK: PRR MG Interlocking
« Reply #17 on: April 12, 2020, 09:13:19 PM »
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Painting the concrete ties is no big deal with a microbrush; using the double track also allows you to only have to ballast the two outside edges...

 

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Re: T-TRAK: PRR MG Interlocking
« Reply #18 on: April 12, 2020, 10:28:36 PM »
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Painting the concrete ties is no big deal with a microbrush; using the double track also allows you to only have to ballast the two outside edges...

 


@arbomambo do you use the one with the bristles or one of the regular round ones?

Dude your TTrak stuff is pretty amazing. Got any tips for me?
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Re: T-TRAK: PRR MG Interlocking
« Reply #19 on: April 12, 2020, 11:33:33 PM »
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Re: T-TRAK: PRR MG Interlocking
« Reply #20 on: April 13, 2020, 10:50:29 AM »
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only tip I have is to take your time!
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Re: T-TRAK: PRR MG Interlocking
« Reply #21 on: April 13, 2020, 10:53:47 AM »
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If you're going to re-ballast the track, why not just spray paint it tie brown?

Bingo!

When I hide my Unitrack I just paint the whole damn thing. Then I let the ballast fill in where the ballast belongs. On MG, I'd say to use a general dark brown-gray. If some of the underlying paint shows through between the rails (where it's most likely to), it's fine because it'll look like the oil/grease stains down the middle of the real track.

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Re: T-TRAK: PRR MG Interlocking
« Reply #22 on: April 13, 2020, 10:40:29 PM »
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TAKING THE PLUNGE! Ordered the track today!
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Re: T-TRAK: PRR MG Interlocking
« Reply #23 on: April 14, 2020, 04:47:08 PM »
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Bingo!

When I hide my Unitrack I just paint the whole damn thing. Then I let the ballast fill in where the ballast belongs. On MG, I'd say to use a general dark brown-gray. If some of the underlying paint shows through between the rails (where it's most likely to), it's fine because it'll look like the oil/grease stains down the middle of the real track.


 I have seen the track that Ed ballasted and it does look great.
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Re: T-TRAK: PRR MG Interlocking
« Reply #24 on: April 14, 2020, 10:30:06 PM »
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only tip I have is to take your time!

@arbomambo I meant in general. This is my first real module! I've been digging and found an article you wrote about fixing #4 turnouts.
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Re: T-TRAK: PRR MG Interlocking
« Reply #25 on: April 14, 2020, 10:53:51 PM »
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TAKING THE PLUNGE! Ordered the track today!

The "play value" of a few handfuls of Unitrack cannot be understated.  It really is like being a kid again.  Enjoy!
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Re: T-TRAK: PRR MG Interlocking
« Reply #26 on: April 15, 2020, 12:57:34 PM »
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The "play value" of a few handfuls of Unitrack cannot be understated.  It really is like being a kid again.  Enjoy!

This is SO TRUE. I had what was possibly my happiest model railroading afternoon clicking together TTRAK modules and throwing track down on the empty frames.

It wasn't GOOD modeling, but it sure was fun. And I think it's really important to keep a good balance.

In this case, I think Josh is hitting a really great balance. I have no doubt it's all going to be done to the highest quality and since they'll be modules, we'll hopefully be able to see them without having to brave his sticky dungeon basement.

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Re: T-TRAK: PRR MG Interlocking
« Reply #27 on: April 15, 2020, 01:27:41 PM »
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Re: T-TRAK: PRR MG Interlocking
« Reply #28 on: April 15, 2020, 02:14:51 PM »
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This house's murder room is much nicer than the last house's murder room. @tom mann can tell you about it!
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Re: T-TRAK: PRR MG Interlocking
« Reply #29 on: April 15, 2020, 02:19:57 PM »
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at least the new one has a full height ceiling and electric

versus the hidden back room of the last one where you kept The Gimp
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