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Old 13-04-2017, 09:38 AM   #1
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Default How To Make Large Grass Tufts And Strips

I posted a video showing how I use static grass for tufts.

Mod Note: Incorrect YT link removed and correct one below.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M2syk4cNUHU
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Old 13-04-2017, 10:04 AM   #2
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See what someone else says, but that link is taking me to my own YT Creator Studio, whatever that is. R-
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Same result as RogerB Straight to my own YT channel.

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Now, I've been trying out something similar and used greaseproof paper and then baking (silicone coated) paper, with PVA glue and had the same problem with both - the tufts stay pretty well stuck down to the paper! I'm going to try again with the waxy backing paper used for self-adhesive labels.
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I've used that method but with aluminium foil clipped to a metal tray. The finished article peeled off fairly easily and getting strips for between the rails was quite easy to do. Also, I noticed on foil that the glue didn't set into a shape but settled in a random pattern, which seemed very realistic to me. R-
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I'll try that foil method, I've also tried a rectangle of the waxy bag inside cereal packets as the base for my grass tufts with PVA glue (masking taped to a metal tray). When dried they came off no problem, the only downside is being plastic, the excess static grass was stuck to the sheet by static but turning it upside down and banging the tray on a large sheet of newspaper got rid of most of it and of course the glued tufts stayed put.
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Glues are funny things at times. When they stick to everything they are not supposed to but don't stick what we wanted them to...
One useful way of making scenic growth is to use the plant pot green liner and glue it down. When the glue is dry pull the liner away and the glued bits remain and can look convincing.
Not tried the tufts yet. When I'm ready with my layout I may give it a go. Much better to make ones own tufts as the price to buy ready made is high.
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please can you say where you got the static field generator for this project thanks in advance Dave
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EBay is a good source eBay link
Track Shack.. Link to Track Shack
Good model shops or War Gamer stockist.
Or just Google... Static Grass Applicator.
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Those used to be very expensive, something like over 100. A friend of mine more recently ordered one for around ten pounds from China. Not sure if it will work as well as I've not tried one myself yet. Will just look at the links Flashbang has put up. Want to look at prices, though for now it is a future want. Is the puffer type applicator still made?
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