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Offline Magnuzo  
#1 Posted : 05 March 2009 19:37:26(UTC)
Magnuzo


Joined: 04/03/2009(UTC)
Posts: 14
Location: Sweden,
Hello fellow Märkli-fans

Märklin has a lot of advantages over other brands on the market, but one of them isn't the optical appearance of the tracks. I'm refering to the electrical contact on the ties. Now I know they can't disappear because that would take away Märklin's superior contact abilities. My question is how I can weather the track (ties and rails) to make the little spikes less obvious? Since I am a beginner I have unfortunately already lain the track with track bed so airbrushing is out of the question. The track bed is Woodland Scenics dark brown medium sized granulate.
Follow the link for a picture.
http://rides.webshots.co...187854270042199592OMIZZQ
Additionally I'll have to "clean up" the tracks by removing remaing gle and ballast, but my main concern is the weathering: which colours to use? Which technique/s? How do I clean afterwards to guarantee the current to run as before?
Thankful for any advice // Magnus
Offline DaleSchultz  
#2 Posted : 05 March 2009 20:28:19(UTC)
DaleSchultz


Joined: 10/02/2006(UTC)
Posts: 3,134
use a paintbrush and acrylic paint (cheap, no bad fumes and can be done with track in place)
I did some here:
http://layout.mixmox.com/1/engine_yard2
Dale
Intellibox + own software, K-Track
My current layout: https://cabin-layout.mixmox.com
Arrival and Departure signs: https://remotesign.mixmox.com
Offline steventrain  
#3 Posted : 07 March 2009 12:45:45(UTC)
steventrain

United Kingdom   
Joined: 21/10/2004(UTC)
Posts: 32,764
Hi and Welcome to the forum, Magnus.
Large Marklinist 3- Rails Layout with CS2/MS2/Boosters/C-track/favorites Electric class E03/BR103, E18/E118, E94, Crocodiles/Steam BR01, BR03, BR05, BR23, BR44, BR50, Big Boy.
Offline Magnuzo  
#4 Posted : 07 March 2009 13:58:29(UTC)
Magnuzo


Joined: 04/03/2009(UTC)
Posts: 14
Location: Sweden,
Thank you for the advice. I really like your results. Did you use Heki or Revell or another brand and which colour for the ties and rails respectively?


Quote:
[size=1" face="Verdana" id="quote]quote:Originally posted by DaleSchultz
<br />use a paintbrush and acrylic paint (cheap, no bad fumes and can be done with track in place)
I did some here:
http://layout.mixmox.com/1/engine_yard2
Offline Magnuzo  
#5 Posted : 07 March 2009 14:14:10(UTC)
Magnuzo


Joined: 04/03/2009(UTC)
Posts: 14
Location: Sweden,
Thank you!

Perhaps someday I will have room for a larger layout with more interesting train opperation than what I have now. However, considering that we now live in a three room appartment I am glad to have a layout at all.
http://rides.webshots.com/album/547807257eYFcol

I like the rusty color of the C-track on your picture with the BR 85
http://steventrain.fotopic.net/p54473945.html
Which paint did you use?

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[size=1" face="Verdana" id="quote]quote:Originally posted by steventrain
<br />Hi and Welcome to the forum, Magnus.
Offline DaleSchultz  
#6 Posted : 07 March 2009 18:31:24(UTC)
DaleSchultz


Joined: 10/02/2006(UTC)
Posts: 3,134
we buy the cheap bottles of acrylic paint available at local sewing and craft stores here in the USA.
There are two brands (in identical bottles) one is 'Folk art' the other is 'Americana'
They cost about 60c for 59ml !

I used a variety of browns and for rust stuff I use their color called iron oxide.

Edit: corrected price to 60c (I typed 40c initially)
Dale
Intellibox + own software, K-Track
My current layout: https://cabin-layout.mixmox.com
Arrival and Departure signs: https://remotesign.mixmox.com
Offline perz  
#7 Posted : 07 March 2009 18:48:24(UTC)
perz

Sweden   
Joined: 12/01/2002(UTC)
Posts: 2,521
Location: Sweden
Quote:
[size=1" face="Verdana" id="quote]quote:Originally posted by DaleSchultz
<br />we buy the cheap bottles of acrylic paint available at local sewing and craft stores here in the USA.
There are two brands (in identical bottles) one is 'Folk art' the other is 'Americana'
They cost about 40c for 59ml !

I used a variety of browns and for rust stuff I use their color called iron oxide.


Not so cheap here, a bottle of 'Folk Art' costs around 4 USD.
Offline hxmiesa  
#8 Posted : 07 March 2009 22:40:44(UTC)
hxmiesa

Spain   
Joined: 15/12/2005(UTC)
Posts: 2,752
Location: Spain
I use Humbrol/Airfix #113. I think it is simply called "rust". It´s a thinner based paint (right phrase?), so is not exactly healthy, but shold be standard inventory in most modellers inventory ;-)

I paint the rails using a brush. It´s quite tedious work. -Especially if the track has been laid already.
Best regards
Henrik Hoexbroe ("The Dane In Spain")
http://hoexbroe.tripod.com
Offline al_pignolo  
#9 Posted : 08 March 2009 22:24:40(UTC)
al_pignolo


Joined: 30/09/2005(UTC)
Posts: 904
Location: bologna, BO
I use sinthetic paint of various colors, applied with brush.
In particular we tried to reproduce the different kinds of dirt of the ballast: in the station, where trains stop for long times, there is leaking of oil, so we apply thin black color. When the train brakes, the friction surfaces leave a red-brown color in the ballast (near a signal). IMHO this gives more variety to ballast and the layout seems more realistic.

Pietro
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