What is the best glue for model railway ballast? Find the answer here.
Gluing the ballast down on your model railway, be it N, OO or HO gauge, is incredibly frustrating. Admittedly, some people find it relaxing but for me, it’s definitely not one of the highlights of layout construction.
This maybe because in the early years of my layout building, I wasted a lot a time and spoilt my track work by using the wrong glue mix.
Since then I’ve learned that the best glue make-up for model railway ballast is:
- White glue (known as PVA) watered down and mixed with water to a 50/50 mix. To a dash of washing up liquid or IPA is added.
This glue recipe is applied with a needle-point syringe.
Doing this is time-consuming, modeller Mike Buick has an alternative technique that is far, far, faster and gives stunning results. You can learn his approach here.Disclaimer: Some links on this page will take you to Amazon or eBay through which you can buy the products mentioned. These links are made under the Amazon and eBay affiliate scheme which means that although the price to you doesn't change I get a small commission on the orders you place. Please see the disclaimer for more details.