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Old 11th October 2010, 20:12   #1
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I found this photo of the Airthrey Park Layout on the British RMweb (I tried to register with them but was unsuccessful, so I'm asking the questions here).



What interests me is the grass material. I haven't seen it on U.S. layouts, only ground foam or sawdust or static grass. It appears to be a hemp material so I tried to duplicate it by snipping twine with sissors.





It looks close but using my method it would take forever to make a small bag. So my questions are:

Is it a commercially available material? If so, from where?

If it is hand made, what is it made from and how was it cut?

How is it attached to the base scenery?

Thanks in advance for any information.

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Old 11th October 2010, 21:03   #2
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You might want to try a Google search for "static grass". The results are even better than what you're looking at in that photo. The grass actually stands up, rather than be a matted mess. I've not gone through the process myself, but LOTS of people are and improving the technique constantly. I believe it can be done fairly inexpensively these days as well.
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Old 11th October 2010, 21:48   #3
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I think it may be a hybrid of static grass and something like the hemp you are trying. You could put down the static grass in the normal fashion - then glue down clumps of hemp grass here and there.
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Old 11th October 2010, 23:09   #4
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Oh my gosh I didn't even see that bit of text between pictures. My apologies
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Old 12th October 2010, 03:57   #5
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Thanks for the answers. I know static grass looks great but I've been cautioned that it can be dangerous for people with heart disease to use a device that produces static electricity, that's why I was interested; also because it is something that is a little different. I've purchased some fake fur to try and also an item called a Pot Topper. It's interesting to experiment.

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Old 12th October 2010, 05:09   #6
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You don't have to use those fancy grass-masters - or whatever they're called. I've used just plain plastic dispensers and they work just fine and don't produce any more electricity than the carpet in your house.
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Old 12th November 2010, 18:10   #7
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Thanks for the answers. I know static grass looks great but I've been cautioned that it can be dangerous for people with heart disease to use a device that produces static electricity, that's why I was interested; also because it is something that is a little different. I've purchased some fake fur to try and also an item called a Pot Topper. It's interesting to experiment.

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no more current than a flash light

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Old 14th November 2010, 18:29   #8
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I have seen textures that look like what you are after using fake fur from fabric stores and craft shops you glue it fur side down then use a knife to remove the backing then trim it until you like it HOPE THIS IS OF SOME USE
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Old 15th November 2010, 17:21   #9
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Ray - one of the products popular in the UK is hanging flower basket liner, usually made from coir or co-co fibre. It comes in a variety of colours from light tan through to dark green and it's cheap. It can be "teased out" into thin layers or shredded (a bit like your hemp experiment) and will take acrylic paint well if you don't like it's natural colour. You can lay it as a "carpet" or scatter it like other ground cover. As a "carpet", it would look something like the layout photo you refer to.
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Old 3rd December 2010, 01:51   #10
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. I've purchased some fake fur to try
Ray[/QUOTE]

like wise with little success. I followed David Frary's instructions in his book.

I ended up with green fur
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