I want to use a Trumpeter railway section as a cheap & simple display base in my showcase for a Ssyms wagon. Anyway I wanted to do an improvement, as I felt the moulded plastic ballast was a bit horrible an easily improved, even for a guy like me who never does any diorama work. I found some Aneste ballast in the local shop, so I decided to give it a go.
I primed the plastic thinking that the white glue wouldnŽt grip so good onto it.
Then I "painted" the surface with a reasonably thick layer of white glue, not diluted with water. Then I have let "snow" the ballast onto the glue, and when the ballast layer was thick, I pressed with the finger to ensure a contact and "inmersion" into the glue.
When I have turned the base upside down, nasty surprise...most of the ballast fall, leaving lots of plastic with dry glue visible, I would say over 60-70%. It seems that the glue stayed stuck onto my priming, but ballast and glue didnŽt like each other...Even the smallest touch removes the few staying stones.
I have been searching the site and found this thread
where I understand the procedure is to prepare a paste of glue bit dilluted with water and stones first, and apply it onto the surface.
Please can anybody confirm this should work (before I do a 2nd mess), or suggest anything else, another glue...
Many thanks in advance !