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Static Grass

Easy Scenery Tips & Techniques

 

1:Landscaping on your model railroad will really come alive when you use static grass as part of your ground cover. Not only is it easy to apply but it adds an additional layer of texture to the foreground. While static grass can be applied loose over a layer of scenic cement, superior results will be achieved by using an applicator tool. This tool sets up a static charge that causes the grass fibers to “stand up” adding another dimension of realism.

Step 1: Paint the area to be covered with an earth colored paint. Once dry, apply earth over the base by sifting loose material onto a coat of thinned scenic cement. Over spray the scenic material with water mixed with a couple drops of dish washing detergent. This will allow the glue to spread through the earth to assure a complete bond. A mixture of 75% glue with 25% water and a few drops of dish detergent or other wetting agent applied over the scene will hold the earth in place.

Easy Scenery Tips & Techniques

Step 2: Since the grass applicator works by generating a static charge to be effective it will need to be grounded to the layout. The easiest way to assure a positive ground is to drill a small hole at the edge of where the grass will be placed and insert a small screw to act as a grounding attachment. Once the glue has dried the screw is easily removed leaving a small unnoticeable hole that can easily be covered with a plant or other detail.

Easy Scenery Tips & Techniques

Step 3: Spread the scenic cement mixture over the area that is to be covered with static grass. Mask off any areas that are not going to be covered with static grass. This will make cleaning up later much easier. Shake the applicator to lightly sprinkle the grass material into the glue. Make several passes to build up the grass for the desired coverage. Once satisfied lightly wet the grass with a misting of water. Allow to completely dry.

Easy Scenery Tips & Techniques

Step 4: Vacuum up any loose grass from the area recently covered and lightly spray the area with an inexpensive pump hair spray (see photo at the beginning of this section). This is easy obtained at most dollar stores and does not need to be the top of the line product. Now… Who’s going to mow all this grass?