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Aryanun's photo of basing supplies.

George's flock and grass thread.

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This is my model RR ballast box. I have several different colors. Mostly fine of extra fine grades (it comes in different sizes). Each little yellow bin contains a different colour or blend of colours.

 

In the long compartment on the left I store some scratch built tools that I use to pour tiny quantities of the stuff.

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This is my model RR ballast box. I have several different colors. Mostly fine of extra fine grades (it comes in different sizes). Each little yellow bin contains a different colour or blend of colours.

 

In the long compartment on the left I store some scratch built tools that I use to pour tiny quantities of the stuff.

I really like this, Sounds like something worth picking up. You think most Model RR stores will have it?

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This is my model RR ballast box. I have several different colors. Mostly fine of extra fine grades (it comes in different sizes). Each little yellow bin contains a different colour or blend of colours.

 

In the long compartment on the left I store some scratch built tools that I use to pour tiny quantities of the stuff.

I really like this, Sounds like something worth picking up. You think most Model RR stores will have it?
All of them will.

It is probably worth mentioning what 'ballast' is.

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It is the gravel the track is embedded in.

 

Scale model RR gravel is available in at least three size grades. (Each size grade —there may be four— corresponds to a different RR scale, such as: O, HO, N, Z...) I am not exactly sure why RR construction engineers use the word 'ballast' for gravel but that is the proper term from Z scale all the way up to full-size trains.

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I just reorganized my paint area and after winning that second rack. Most of my bigger containers of basing materials are in the drawers, but I put all of my tufts, ivy, leaves, and bits inside my reaper paint caddy since it was sitting empty in my closet.

 

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Scale model RR gravel is available in at least three size grades. (Each size grade —there may be four— corresponds to a different RR scale, such as: O, HO, N, Z...) I am not exactly sure why RR construction engineers use the word 'ballast' for gravel but that is the proper term from Z scale all the way up to full-size trains.

 

 

Material used to provide stability to a vehicle or structure. The ballast on track allows the track to flex a bit but keeps it in place without much maintenance much like the ballast in a ship keeps the bottom side down where it belongs.

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I think most of what I could come up with is "known" things.

 

I have two things that might be useful to add, only. One is, besides looking at other modeling type (RR, historical) sections for basing and terrain materials, don't be afraid to look through *any* craft section and especially clearance. I use a lot of my scrapbooking tools for basing & terrain as well:

 

  • scissors with shaped patterns,
  •  shaped hole punches (leaves, bricks, etc)
  • paper for textures, or 'wallpaper'
  • the specialized circle cutters
  • stencils

 

Beading and jewelry is also a natural section to peruse - especially clearance items, of course.

  • jump rings - make great 'chains' or connections
  • chain
  • small seed beads, good for textures
  • jewelry tools - very useful for working with pinning using paperclips or whatnot

The other thing I would add, just off top of my head, as I work on my miniatures, I take almost every cutting, scraping, small piece, large piece or anything, really, left over, including sand, ballast or rock and throw it all in its own container. Then, when I need rubble paste - just add PVA and paint. Instant rubble for bases/terrains. Bigger or more interesting pieces I throw into their own container as well for odd bits in the base - structural membranes etc.

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