You know how it is … I can’t wait …
Landscaping on the Boltorr branch is only half done – let alone the trackwork. But I couldn’t wait to try out the Magic Grass Machine.
Basically, the groundwork has been laid with Woodland’s Shaper Sheet and a skim of Plaster of Paris. This has resulted in a pretty resilient surface which I finished off with Woodland’s Earth Undercoat. This took a couple of days to really dry out in my dry, but cool basement.I found that Gordon Gravett’s “Modelling Grassland …” was an inspiration and source of technique and expertise on rendering a realistic representation of grass in the model environment.
It became obvious that any realistic looking grass would have to use the static application technique.
I used a Noch GrasMaster static applicator and various manufacturers’ static grass mixes from Noch, Woodland’s Scenic, SilFlor and Scenic Express. In this case I used mixes between 2mm and 6mm long.
Application turned out to be really easy. I used Noch Grass Slime as an adhesive. This appears to be not much more than a PVA mix, although I imagine it’s formulated to be able to take a static charge.
I moistened the area of ground to be treated with “wet water“. This is merely a spray of water mixed with, literally, a drop of washing-up-liquid / dish soap to help break down surface tension and aid the application of the glue which I blended in with a large brush so that the “ground” was very thinly coated.I loaded up the GrasMaster with a blend of 2mm fibres, chose an appropriate grid and pushed a pin into the ground to provide an earth for the grass machine.
I connected the earth lead from the GrasMaster and switched it on. This generates a 20kV static tension which encourages the grass fibres to cross the gap and stick into the glue vertically so it really looks as if it’s standing up. I followed up with a sprinkle of 6mm fibres to represent some longer grasses.
I finished up with a (careful) blast from a heat gun to give the lie of the grass some direction from the prevailing wind from the west.
So, at my first attempt I am very pleased. I think the images speak for themselves.