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Ballasting turnouts can be a bit of a pain; 'till now.
Now you can have convincing results ballasting your turnouts  . . .  :mutley

No more waiting overnight for the 60;40 PVA mix to dry.  No more unjamming the throw bars  . . .

First, take your Fine Tip Glue Applicator  http://www.finetip.co.uk  and half fill the spaces between the ties with neat PVA.  Here's one I prepared earlier  . . . 11 minutes work.



I missed a couple of spots, but not to worry folks  . . .

Add the gravel  . . .



Gently pound it with the side of your fist.  That will push the gravel into the glue and into the spaces.

Then get your trusty 12 Volt DC vac., and suck it up.  :thumbs



There's no wetting of the board  - in fact you can run trains over it straight away!
Total job time - 15 minutes!  :doublethumb

Here's the gear  . . .



The vac., cost A$20.00 from K Mart or Big W and it draws 4 Amps while sucking.

I keep it exclusively for ballasting.



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Very neat and time saving - Well Done Max and thank you,
I presume with a judicious application of PVA with an elcheapo brush that you could "achieve the same result"?
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 Brilliant Max!!:thumbs:thumbs:thumbs:thumbs

 I`ll pinch that idea if I may......love it...well done.!!!

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Thanks, guys.

Pinch away, Gormo.  :cool:



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I have banked that one. Great result.

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Genius !!! thank Max
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Max, you`re a cracker, I am about to start ballasting (which I don`t mind )but have always left the points clean, not any more
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Thanks Ed ( memo to self...start a YMRC tips folder )
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Excellent :thumbs. Will use this method on Industry Lane.

Cheers, Gary.

ps. the link did not work..:oops:



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Good one Max. :pathead

I presume you keep the PVA well clear of the moving parts .................:roll::roll:



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Gary,  
delete the %20 from the tab you opened and you will get on it,   Alternatively try http://www.finetip.co.uk from my linking!
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I use the same method, but use masking tape on the outside edges,  it will curve a little when pushed a bit.



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I wonder if that sort of applicator is available locally at a craft shop or Spotlight? Locally as in Australia!
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 G`day Wayne,

 Metcalfe do a version as well.......should be available at your local model railway store.

  http://www.metcalfemodels.com/ultra-fine-tip-glue-applicators

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Beware the Metcalfe one!! I bought a multipack of them at the local model shop as they were cheaper than the Fine Tip ones. Within a week the pin had rusted and turned the glue orangey brown. That hasn't happened with the Fine Tip one, and I have had it about a year.

Not used it for turnout ballasting mind you. That is a simple clever idea!



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That's interesting Michael.  "Fine Tip" state that their pin is not an ordinary pin because ordinary pins will rust !!

"Proper" pins are available as spares direct from "Fine Tip".  I had thought that "Fine Tip" were making these applicators for Metcalfe - they look almost identical ................:roll::roll::roll:



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