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Very Nice Nuro.

On the gravel traps there...have you had any problems with the ballast coming up? I did a similar thing but rather than go the distance on a large area like that, I was more interested in just worn out shoulders.

I am in the Washington DC area here in the states. A regional SCCA track not too far from here in West Virginia is Summit Point Speedway (http://www.summitpoint-raceway.com/). Growing up, my brother and I used to go all the time.

My memory served as an idea of what I wanted my track to look like.



When it came to the shoulders, I used a lot of Woodland Scenics Earth with varying sizes of the Ballast laid over top of it to bring the shoulders up to track level.

Then I soaked it heavily with Elmers Carpenter Yellow glue thinned out to the consistency of milk. This made the ballast/earth mixture settle and added more if needed to raise it up. Then I used an eye dropper filled with straight Yellow Glue over the ballast mixture. With the ballast already being wet from the milky glue, this allowed the capillary action to draw the unthinned glue into it. I let it setup about 15 minutes then repeated with the full strength glue again and repeated this process over and over again about 6 times. Don't worry, the glue stayed yellow until it dried, then it dries clear but has a stonger bond than normal white glue does (hence the reason Carpenters use it!)

My goal here was to make sure the ballast was well covered with glue so it did not come up. Some of the ballast could have gotten wedged into the slot or gone into the cars really fouling up your day.

Here's the end result and I am proud to say that you can rub your finger over this (even vigorously) and the ballast does not come up. I don't know if you have a problem with it coming up but if you do, this method works!







Glue was not totally dry in this shot of the rocky hill. Once it did though, it can't be seen!
 

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QUOTE My gravel is stuck down quite well, but a spinning car will always throw up a little. I just make sure that it's brushed off the track.

Try what I mentioned and you will not have a problem. Does NOT affect the realistic look either.

QUOTE Looks great but doesn't the gravel ruin your paintwork

Not a bit. The way I glued it down is like putting a clearcoat on a paintjob. It only looks like rough jagged rock but in reality, although not smooth as glass, it does offer some cushioning, as it were.
 
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