This is an effective but surprisingly simple tip to give your points a little bit of extra realism.
Here’s a cracking little tip I came across while researching track laying for this article. And it’s a goodie.
Look at your points.
If you’re like me you’re probably a bit disappointed with them. Especially, if they’re Hornby. What is it with those horrible lumps of black plastic – the check rails and around the frog (the V in the middle of the point)? Ghastly or what?
Nip down to your local arts and crafts shop and pick up a silver gel paint pen while resisting the temptation to buy paint brushes and other tools 😃
Now run rampant on your points with the pen.
Simply paint the check rails and the top of the frog. By doing so you disguise them to look like genuine rails and hide that horrible plastic.
The result looks so much better. As can be seen here. Compare this to the same set of points before, seen above.
It’s harmless to the running of your trains and easy to patch up as the paint wears off over time.
Give it a go now. You won’t be disappointed.