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Cheapest way to model grass?

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What's the cheapest way to model a large area of grass? I can't use grass mats because of the terrain, but static grass will add up in cost very quickly.

 

Also here's a photo of part of my layout- a lot of this is grass. It's still a bit of a mess but I'm quite proud of it! :)

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If you can acquire a quite large amount of sawdust in various grades , you can add some watered down green emulsion paint in different shades to the sawdust, let it dry and sieve it out , stick down with pva glue

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Probably hanging basket liner or teddy bear fur.

 

Good example of hanging basket liner here: https://yeovilmrg.org/summit/

 

It may be worthwhile searching RMweb.  You're not the first person to ask.

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The plaster is painted quite a dark colour, if you were to paint it a greenish colour you would probably need less of whatever ground cover you eventually choose.

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I also suggest hanging basket liner.

 

It worked fairly well for my Tetbury layout. I think I spent £10 for a bulk purchase of liner plus £10 for a set of clippers to trim it back. I then used static grass near the running lines. That gave me enough to cover a 15ft x 3ft space.

 

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I would reiterate the above suggestions, probably the cheapest option and can be trimmed back to suit your needs. Make up other smaller areas by adding static grass too.

 

G

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Have to agree re hanging basket liner - see Abbotswood videos in signature below, has always attracted very positive comments.

 

You can always add other textures/colours as required

 

Phil

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Look under your carpet, you may have the old style of carpet underlay! Free!!!!

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Faux fur ie Teddy Bear fur but be aware that Fuax Fur and Fur Fabric are quite different things. Faux fur is about 4 or 5 times the price of fur fabric but it's what you want. There's colour called Wolf that is very popular for modelling grass.

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All good suggestions above - depending on the length of grass you are seeking to model.

 

On those embankments, you will want something quite long and my vote would be for carpet underlay. A local carpetlaying contractor will have loads of offcuts. I got mine from a skip outside a pub that was having new carpets.

 

Love that picture of Tetbury layout. The grass is more brown than green - as long grass should be.

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Love that picture of Tetbury layout. The grass is more brown than green - as long grass should be.

 

 

I don't think it's a simple as that. What you'll often see is burnt long grass amongst greener grass. Of course if you are modelling high summer then the parched look is most appropriate. At that time of year the grass isn't really what I'll call brown it's more a pale bleached out light tan. As always I'd recommend photographic reference. If you can buy Gordon Gravet's book on modelling grass.

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I have yet used it on the layout, but I managed to find some hanging basket liner with a nice mix of green and brown fibres.  Obvious now is the time to source it as the garden centres will have plenty of options.  You may also find it on the roll, which will suit your large area to cover.

 

http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/index.php?/topic/106602-family-8x4-oo-layout-trains-running-again/?p=2517638

 

http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/index.php?/topic/106602-family-8x4-oo-layout-trains-running-again/?p=2518483

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Another vote here for hanging basket liner, I bought a 4 metre roll when I started Bakewell in 2012, and I've still got some left.

 

You can add static grass sparingly to change textures and colours:

 

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Al.

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Now £25 :/

 

There is a video on how to make your own version which I'm tempted but not got started as yet.

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Now £25 :/

 

There is a video on how to make your own version which I'm tempted but not got started as yet.

 

Luke Towan has a video making his own which I followed using the Neg Ion Gen from Australia. Works exceptionally well!!

 

 

The above is a new improved video, now in one part. 

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I made my grass from 2 cheap wigs, a blonde and a green one using a technique I found on YouTube. You cut the wigs into short pieces, say 0.5mm-1cm and mix the blonde and green together in a pot. Then spray the area you want to cover with a strong spray glue. You roll up some of the chopped up wig into a cigar shape in your hands then dab it into the glue. Because you are pushing it down into the glue and pulling it away the grass stands up

 

It looks good where you want a rough coverage such as an embankment, wouldn’t work so well for a neat field or lawn!

 

What I learnt was to paint the area green first and I ended up using my beard trimmer to cut the wigs to save time because it was taking ages! Did my whole layout with 2 wigs and less than 1 can of spray glue.

 

Not got a picture to hand but I’m very happy with it.

 

Richard

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