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When the mud has dried, smooth the surface with a damp sponge. Each light pass of the sponge will remove a tiny bit of the mud. Continue with the wiping until the desired smoothness is achieved.

Two recommended concrete colors are Testors Model Master Light Sea Gray and also their Flat Gull Gray. Camouflage Gray can also be used, but it produces a browner and darker shade of gray. Many older concrete tends to become brown with age.

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After painting, apply the striping. E-Z Stripes from Scale Scenics were added on this sample. A bead of cyanoacrylate (CA) glue is added to keep the stripes firmly attached to the roadway surface since the adhesive used on E-Z Stripes is weak. Since CA glue dries shiny, a coat of clear flat is needed on the surface of the highway. This can be either brushpainted or sprayed on using cans or an airbrush.

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No chalk weathering was added to this concrete road as it is relatively new. Note that asphalt shoulders have been added on both sides of the highway.

SEPTEMBER 2002

MODEL RAILROADING 31

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