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 Posted: Thu Sep 4th, 2008 07:01 am
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My wife bought me a tub of chinchila dust yesterday as Lawrence had mentioned it was a good size for N Gauge as many of the commercial sold ballasts are overscale

I must say the size does look about right for the scale the colour i have got is very granite looking grey with bits af black i dont know if chinchilla dust comes in differant colours or not.

£2.99 for a 2 litre plastic milk container of it which is very cheap compared to commercial bought ballast.

Lawrence what way did you find best for laying and glueing it as it is small i wondered if a dropper method may disperse it to much ?

cheers Brian.W

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 Posted: Thu Sep 4th, 2008 08:34 am
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i keep forgetting this when i visit the pet shop:sad: i have also read that children's play sand is good for depots etc.

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 Posted: Thu Sep 4th, 2008 04:50 pm
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Im a dumbo i forgot poor Lawrence is having his knee op today hope it went well for him and he will be running around very soon.

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 Posted: Sat Oct 18th, 2008 08:54 pm
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Somehow I totally missed this :roll: but as yet I haven't actually ballasted any track using the chinchilla sand, I have used it as ground cover just sprinkled onto watered down pva, stuff sets like stone :shock:

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 Posted: Sat Oct 18th, 2008 09:52 pm
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I use the lighter colourer stuff for beach sand.



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another good one for general ballasting is bird gravel. i bought 3kg of it for £2.38

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There are a few good suggestions to look into in the above posts, Thanks everyone. Sure will be a lot cheaper than buying mini packets of so called ballast.

Regards,

Derek.

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Mmmm, do they dry the chinchillas before they grind them into dust?

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Don't  be so silly,they hoover them.
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Ive purchased bird grit from a pet shop to ballast my oo guage layout once ive got more track

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