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Old 02-25-2013, 05:28 PM   #1
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USA Dirt roads and trails?

What is the best way to model dirt roads and trails? Would I just put some real dirt down on the layout where I want it, or is there something that the hobby/train shops have, that would do the job?
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Old 02-25-2013, 05:52 PM   #2
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Sift some real dirt, finer the better I'd think
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OK. Would there be some kind of solution that I could spray over the dirt to keep it in place and to eliminate dusting and so forth?
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Old 02-25-2013, 05:55 PM   #4
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This link might be of help: http://www.trainlife.com/articles/55...ds-part-1-dirt

Another modeler told me to place the dirt on a cookie sheet and toast the dirt in the oven to remove any bad actors that might be in the dirt.
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Old 02-25-2013, 06:23 PM   #5
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This link might be of help: http://www.trainlife.com/articles/55...ds-part-1-dirt

Another modeler told me to place the dirt on a cookie sheet and toast the dirt in the oven to remove any bad actors that might be in the dirt.

Man, that's a terrific article! I was originally trying to figure out a way to build a dirt access road within the yard, but I might expand and put some dirt roads in the other parts of the layout!
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Old 02-26-2013, 10:16 AM   #6
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Great article! Thanks for the tip.
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Old 02-27-2013, 09:20 AM   #7
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Dirt Roads

I grind and sift dirt to almost dust then mix it with thinned white glue ( like mud) and brush it where you want let it dry but before it dries add tire tracks with a car because when it dries it"s hard as a rock and no dust on the layout. Tom
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Old 02-27-2013, 11:27 AM   #8
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What device do you sift with to get
dirt suitable for HO scale?

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Old 02-27-2013, 12:12 PM   #9
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Don , First ifind the finest dirt I can and use flour sifters to grind as much as possible then put the dirt though a stocking. Once you add water it turns to thick mud and that what you want. Good Luck
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Old 03-03-2013, 07:14 PM   #10
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I like to "grade" all my scenic stuff like dirt. I run it through something pretty course first like a fish net stocking, run the rest through a window screen, then a silk stocking for truly fine dust. At each step I keep what is screened out for scenery use. Nature is not uniform or neat! Adding textures of different sizes just makes it fit better to my eye.

I use lots of dirt as I find it is "dirt cheap".
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