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 Posted: Thu Feb 5th, 2015 08:55 pm
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Hi folks. I'm about to start on an industrial layout, usual stuff like a bit of track and a couple of warehouses. I would like to have the yard as an earth finish with a few weeds and things about. generally a bit run down and decrepit. What's the best way to represent earth? I did think of using sieved topsoil. Would that work?



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Hello mate yes you can use sieved soil I,ve used it on my own layout however I since found out I should have baked it in the oven (whilst the domestic engineer is elsewhere obviously:twisted::twisted: ), to kill off any little nasties in the soil, I spread neat PVA on the base board then seived the soil on directly. Hope this helps have fun. Pete.



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Thanks for that. I'm not completely bonkers then. As I'm the domestic engineer in the household I won't have a problem with the oven. Just got to find some nice topsoil now. Now found my source. I think there is a dry glue. Maybe first layer with PVA,then a mix of soil and Cascamite sprayed with water.  Our garden is covered with a couple of tons of Welsh slate.



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Henry, I would think that Woodland Scenics or the like supply something representing soil, without the need to import all sorts of germs onto your layout.

Terry

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Hi Henry,

I'm a fan of using different colours of earth (soil) on layouts. I too slow cook the soil then sieve it to a very fine dust, through a fine tea strainer. I use my 'soil' as a base for other scenic scatters to go on top. In the link below, you will see that a differnt colour is used for the road. This is the fine dust that is sieved out of crusher dust or road base.

See here : http://yourmodelrailway.net/view_topic.php?id=12116&forum_id=21&page=2#p213052

Cheers, Gary.



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Hell Henry,

Have you tried Chinchilla dust which, is available in two colours, Grey/Brown and Sand from most pet stores. It's fine, weed and vermin free, ideal for road, path or platform surfaces and looks very effective. An added bonus is that a small bag goes a very long way!

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Or sieve some budgie grit....

PS Gary, run a magnet through your road dust, you may be surprised just how much metallic 'muck' there is in there...

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