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Ballasting and Weeds Pt 1
By Barry Galway
When I am ballasting I first apply a layer that represents the surface of the roadbed, usually a different colour of rock, sometimes a different texture, then ballast as normal. In the OP's case this would leave a surface finished surface between the widely spaced tracks. I would then apply some random weeds, or a little static grass, not much, as it is growing in a fairly hostile environment.


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Stopping Your Steel Rule from Slipping
By Doug DIckson
To help you keep your straight-edge cutting ruler from slipping on the surface of the card or paper as you cut to a line, raise a burr on the chosen underside by running the back of a Stanley knife blade along its length. This micro raised edge will grip the surface of the paper. Be mindful when cutting finished plastic sheet that you don't damage the surface in question.


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Ballasting and Weeds Pt 2
By Rob Spangler
I use a lot of static material and grass tufts around secondary tracks, along with some fine foam here and there.  Note the prototype will try to avoid anything that would constitute a tripping hazard, so vegetation more substantial than large weeds would typically be absent from an area where crews have to walk.

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Modelling Slag Dumps 
By Several Modellers
I use CA gel with ballast to model the slag residue around cars and the one where the hot iron cars were emptied. I highlight some of the slag residue with wash of yellow and orange paint to simulate hot slag.  (Marc Romaine)
If we are making the really fine stuff around tracks, I would be using chinchilla dust mixed with some coarse brown ballast.  Make sure its well glued down before painting. (John Busby)


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Painting Black Locos
By David Starr
I paint my steamers with Dark Grey Auto primer from a rattle can.  After a few hours on the road, even the newest shiniest steamer gets covered with coal soot and looks a flat grey. 


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Maintaining Card Buildings
By Dennis McIntosh
I have found that routinely  touching up my card buildings, particularly my Metcalf buildings with a felt tip pen to get rid of the white edges at folds  etc. makes a big difference to the appearance of a building.


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