I wanted to embed some of the narrow gauge rails in cobbles, but unusually for the internet i couldn't find a method which seemed to provide an effective end-result. The most common ways are either to use embossed sheet or modelling clay to fill between the sleepers. As far as i could see neither method provides a clean edge to the gap that the wheel flanges run in and often leave the sleepers visible, which breaks the illusion of a buried rail.
Therefore, i wanted to add an additional rail next to the running rails to simulate the tram-like look and give a clean edge. Testing showed this to be impossible as the chairs block any close contact between the rails, so the gap is back and the sleepers are visible. I therefore tried the following..
- Detached some sleepers and filed off the chairs
- Glued them to the board upside down to have a flat surface
- Super glued rail to them, using the normal sleepers as spacers to keep the gauge
- Destructively remove the normal sleepers to leave the rail glued to a flat sleeper
- Added a second rail in contact with the running rails
Without a doubt this was the most patience testing modelling I've done, but the end results exceeded my expectations, visually recreating those tram-like rails. My only problem is to find the enthusiasm again to do the rest
Final thought - Super Glue is the devils invention.
Edited by metijg