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Ballast (Stone)
Ballast (Stone)
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by: Frederick Boucher [ JPTRR ]

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RailRoad Modeling

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Ballast (Stone)
Item: ARM35022
Material: Natural

Introduction: The Project Armor35

Railroad modeling is being fortified with an ever expanding selection of models in the dominate military scale of 1/35. The Project Armor35 is an endevour from Russia to create accurate 1/35 German and Soviet railway track circa the Great Patriotic War. Armor35 produces track and rail spikes in resin, wooden and resin sleepers (cross ties), scaled sand and stone ballast, coal, and now figures.

While there is not currently a model 'rail scale' for 1/35, it is very close to No. 1 Scale (also referred to as Gauge 1, Gauge One, 3/8", etc.) of 1/32. Regardless, it does afford some crossover to electric model railroading.

Currently Armor35 offers 12 1/35 models and accessories, including two figures. Resin, wood, and other natural materials are used to create these authentic products.

ARM35022 Ballast (Stone)

Your ballast is packaged in a zip-locked baggie which is contained in another zip-locked baggie, stapled inside a card label. The label features a photograph of the product and size information.

The ballast is a translucent whitish rock. It is sized to 0.8 mm to 2 mm. It is crushed to random shapes. If you want to try it with an electric train model, test it first for magnetic qualities. I didn't.

This bag of ballast looks good. It is crushed to irregular shapes and looks good for 1/35. Recommended.

Please remember, when contacting retailers or manufacturers, to mention that you saw their products highlighted here on RailRoadModeling.
Highs: Natural material. Nicely sized.
Lows: 1/35 does not currently equal any traditional model 'rail scale' gauge.
Verdict: Nicely sized natural ballast.
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  Scale: 1:35
  Mfg. ID: ARM35022
  Suggested Retail: 50 руб,
  Related Link: The Project Armor35 Products
  PUBLISHED: May 12, 2012

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About Frederick Boucher (JPTRR)

I'm a professional pilot with a degree in art. My first model was an AMT semi dump truck. Then Monogram's Lunar Lander right after the lunar landing. Next, Revell's 1/32 Bf-109G...cried havoc and released the dogs of modeling! My interests--if built before 1900, or after 1955, then I proba...

Copyright 2020 text by Frederick Boucher [ JPTRR ]. Images also by copyright holder unless otherwise noted. Opinions expressed are those of the author(s) and not necessarily those of AeroScale. All rights reserved.


Thanks, Fred. Is there a distinctive look to Russian and German track ballast?
MAY 18, 2012 - 10:34 AM
Hi Bill, I can not say. Recently I have looked at many photos of Russian and German track ballast so that I'll have an idea what I'm talking about. Short answer: no. Long answer: ballast looks like the rock available in the region the track runs through. In the USA, there are (were?) about 2 dozen distinct types of ballast used on main lines. In much of the south limestone is prevalent, while quartzite is used in the and Midwest. In Chicago & North Western territory there is a pinkish ballast called "Pink Lady", and out around Phoenix I recall the ballast being tannish-brown like the local stone. I don't know if the Soviets centralized ballast and what their 'usual' gravel.
MAY 21, 2012 - 02:24 PM

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