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Chinchilla Dust

Posted: Mon Jul 16, 2018 8:35 am
I have been looking for a ground cover suitable to replicate crushed coral used on WW2 Pacific military airstrips which looked almost white in colour. Chinchilla Dust looked like a great possibility until I read it is actually ground volcanic pumice. NOT something I'm want to use around model railway locomotive mechanisms.

Has any one experience using it?


Re: Chinchilla Dust

Posted: Mon Jul 16, 2018 1:47 pm
by Bilco
Hi Paul,

I used chinchilla dust for the Stable Yard and the platform at Temple Halt on my Berger Hall layout ...



Imageinfill 03 by Bill Corser, on Flickr

Imagetemple halt 024 by Bill Corser, on Flickr

I mix it with what I call road dust - it gathers at the side of the main road past my house, and needs to be sieved and washed, but it gives a variance in particle size and colour to look like gravel (I hope). I put a good layer of thick glue down first and sprinkle the dust on top liberally then, when it's dry, cover with diluted glue to seal the dust. Vacuum off the excess well, too ...