The Latest Opinions on Static Grass

scottmitchell74 Mar 23, 2014

  1. scottmitchell74

    scottmitchell74 TrainBoard Member

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    My static grass applicator came in the mail, and now I've been looking at static grass. I was wondering what the thoughts were around here about the different brands. I've seen some fantastic looking pics, and have been reading older threads, but I was curious about the latest developments and opinions on different brands of static grass. *This is for N Scale*
    Thanks!
     
  2. Metro Red Line

    Metro Red Line TrainBoard Member

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    What kind, and how much was it? I'm gonna be doing the static thing pretty soon.
     
  3. YoHo

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    I'd say that between heki, noxh and silflor they're all decent. Woodland Scenics is not as good and has less variety, but is easier to find.
     
  4. scottmitchell74

    scottmitchell74 TrainBoard Member

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    I got this one on Ebay - It was up for bid with free shipping and it ended up being $31.00. I can't spring for one of those $150-200 ones, so I'm going to try this one.

    http://i00.i.aliimg.com/wsphoto/v2/...tic-Grass-Applicator-SCENIC-MODELLING-NEW.jpg

    Yoho - thanks for your response.

    Curious to hear about other experiences people have had.
     
  5. RBrodzinsky

    RBrodzinsky Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    The one thing I do is NEVER EVER only use one grass color any time I apply the grass. This helps to take away some of the issues with the WS grasses. I mix up the different colors, sometimes well, other times leaving it clumpy, and then apply to my area. Makes for a much more natural look, since, unless it is a baseball field, you rarely see anything uniform.

    I like the longer (4mm / 6mm) Silfor grasses for California hillsides, more realistic colors, and variations in length is also good.
     
  6. oregon trunk

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    I have used Woodland scenics static grass and I have liked how it works when applied with the Noch static grass applicator. I would like to give the others a try but they are hard to find and we dont have a hobby shop within a hundred miles. With the woodland scenic grass I apply the first coat of mixtures of differnt types of grass, then with extra hold hair spray, I give it a good coating and apply a second coat which stack on the first to give me longer grass.
     
  7. Hytec

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    I need a second coat to soften the ugly color of the first coat, but hadn't thought of hair spray. Thanks
    Never know what you'll learn on the Train Board. :)
     
  8. rsn48

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    I second the vote for using a blend and the longer stuff going in second.
     
  9. Metro Red Line

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    What scale are you talking about? I'm actually going to do golden grass on rolling California hillsides for my layout.
     
  10. RBrodzinsky

    RBrodzinsky Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    N. I use the 4mm for the hills, with a bit of 6mm mixed in. Gives one nice tall grass, and the occasional longer.
     
  11. Metro Red Line

    Metro Red Line TrainBoard Member

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    Do you have pics of your hills anywhere?
     
  12. RBrodzinsky

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  13. MisterBeasley

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    Here's some on my layout:

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    I have 2 colors each of 2, 4 and 6 mm grasses. The 2 mm is from Woodland Scenics and the others are from Silflor. I mix them up, too, but I apply them in batches rather than as a uniform mix. I apply a 1:4 mix of white glue and water with a brush. Once the glue is set for 24 hours, I go over it with a plastic comb to straighten it and pick up loose pieces, and vacuum around the edges to pick up the strays.

    I also have one of the cheapo units. It works just fine.

    I model in HO, and if I had to choose one length of grass I would go with the 4mm. The 2mm stuff from WS comes out looking "fuzzy" rather than "grassy," to my eyes.

    I had to order my Silflor static grass, but my LHS was able to get it for me. I was at a train show over the weekend, a decent sized one, but no one had static grass at all.
     
  14. RBrodzinsky

    RBrodzinsky Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    Here is another view

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  15. TrCO

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    Here's my contribution:

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    My grasses are all Silflor as I found they had the best variety, and am very pleased with the results they have provided thus far. What you see here is a mix of three colors, and 2 and 4mm lengths, all applied at the same time.
     
  16. Alan

    Alan Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    I am very impressed with the look of static grass in the photos above and others I have seen. Always meant to give it a try, but my next layout will be an industrial area, with little or no grassy parts!

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  17. Hytec

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    Alan, I had the same feeling until I Googled photos of old B&M yards and surrounds. I was amazed at how random smatterings of weeds and scrub significantly enhanced the scene. (please understand that the yard is a WIP)

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  18. Alan

    Alan Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    Thanks Hank, will see how my forthcoming layout develops :)

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  19. sandro schaer

    sandro schaer TrainBoard Member

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    i use blended woodland scenics grass in a pimped noch grassmaster ( i run it at 12volts)
     
  20. YoHo

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    For industrial areas, use the tufts which are basically premade static grass clumps. Perfect for simulating weeds.

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