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, and before I had this ballast spreader, 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) mixed with water to a 50/50 mix.
- A few drops of Isopropyl Alcohol is available here.
Mix these together, leave for a while so any bubbles float to the surface and disappear and then apply with a syringe as per my guide on how to ballast.
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