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

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RailRoad Modeling

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Ballast (Sand)
Item: ARM35021
Material: Natural

Introduction: 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 (Sand)

Your sand 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 sand is a buff material. It is sized to 0.1 mm to 0.2 mm. It is crushed very fine. As such it can be used for any scale; it is fine enough for N scale, too. If you want to try it with an electric train model, test it first for magnetic qualities. I didn't.

This bag of sand ballast looks good. It is very fine 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 and is useful for any scale.
Lows: 1/35 does not currently equal any traditional model 'rail scale' gauge. Then again, Armor35 is not meant for the model railroad community.
Verdict: Very nice natural sand ballast.
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  Scale: 1:35
  Mfg. ID: ARM35021
  Suggested Retail: 50 Rubles, $1.66
  Related Link: 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.


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