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I've just bought some static grass for my track but it looks to be pretty short (around 2 mm?). I'm using it, but it's use is limited by it's length (a bit too much like a well manicured lawn for my purposes!).

Can anyone point me in the right direction for some longer stuff? I searched on eBay and came across assorted items billed as "hairy grass" but these were also around 2-2.5 mm. The only grass billed as 6mm was by "Polak" and available from Ireland with a hefty postage cost.

Any pointers towards an appropriate manufacturer and an item description would be a huge help.

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Hi Don

Search for "holly loves toys"
They have loads of different types of grass
Long grass meadow grass etc mainly they cater
For farm dioramas but plenty of good stuff
And really reliable with delivery

Good luck

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Jexy your grass looks great. What kind of coverage do you get for 7.79 Euros? Did you buy the 150 Euro Grass Master to? If not how did you apply it?
 

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Don, I used a combination of 2, 4 & 6mm on the backyard for the shed. Also brand combination Noch, Heki and Woodland Scenics. The 2mm isn't good for much other than mown grass on its own, but it acts as texture and fill when mixed in with the others. Most of the companies use "wild" or "field" to indicate the longer lengths.

It's funny, when I started the backyard and shed I hadn't seen many use the static grass on slot tracks. Part of the reason for the diorama was to test both the application and the resilience of the stuff before I used it on the track. Still haven't got around to using it on the track but 12 months on I can verify that it is quite resilient. The board that the shed is on gets everything from car boxes to paint cans thrown on it when HL is clearing the work table down.
 

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QUOTE (Kellerkind @ 31 Jan 2012, 16:07) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>..maybe watch this. I prefer Heki stuff because of its realistic look. Regards Jens
Great looking grass. I'm going to have to add that to the mix.

QUOTE (AAWSCC @ 31 Jan 2012, 18:13) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Try this Don.

http://www.newmodellersshop.co.uk/noch.htm

Great minds ...... I found them a couple of days ago and ordered some Noch grass (Alpine meadow and Reed meadow)......

.... which I then opened near my computer. This was not a good idea! I didn't spill any of the contents, but now have grass fibers stuck all over the screen! On the positive side, it's given me an idea about how to get the static grass to stick up properly - just hover the laptop over it


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QUOTE (Slots-O-Fun @ 27 Jan 2012, 22:36) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Jexy your grass looks great. What kind of coverage do you get for 7.79 Euros? Did you buy the 150 Euro Grass Master to? If not how did you apply it?

Can't remember the coverage as such, felt it was good. It's important to vacuum up the excess with a nylon tights over the nozzle to re-use the spare.

Yes i did buy the Noch unit - and it's available to SF + members to rent. see SF post here

There is a short video showing what i did in this thread here
 

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I have just bought some Noch grasses 5mm and 6mm long and they look really good. codes below.

NOCH 7084
NOCH 7086
NOCH 7101
NOCH 7102

I have constructed a 'grassinator' (static grass applicator) using a fly swat. Works well and its cheap. link here
I'm designing a much better applicator very similar to Nochs, I hope it works, will show it soon. :)
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Erm just a different slant on this I bought some matting 10mm tall grass (well "tall" in RR terms) It's a very small Mat about 10" square I use it very sparingly on edges etc I have looked for it since and never found it



I have also used it alongside water it's good just to add the odd tuft


this is the nearest I can find to what I use



I just love this stuff I'd buy it all if I could............
 

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Don, I think you'll find those meadow blends are no more than 4mm long.

It's definitely worth buying a few types and mixing your own blend. But then I suppose, as usual, I didn't really have a choice as I wanted to represent long grass out here in the warmer months. Green close to the ground and dry where it grows long. Part of the difficulty in buying grass colours is that the companies all use the same names to represent different things.


The 2mm WS grass at the back and the Noch 6mm at the front are both light green.
 

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QUOTE (Ember @ 31 Jan 2012, 21:52) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Don, I think you'll find those meadow blends are no more than 4mm long.

It's definitely worth buying a few types and mixing your own blend. But then I suppose, as usual, I didn't really have a choice as I wanted to represent long grass out here in the warmer months. Green close to the ground and dry where it grows long. Part of the difficulty in buying grass colours is that the companies all use the same names to represent different things.

Yeah. I've quickly worked out what a lottery it is if you choose "light Green", "autumn", "winter", etc from different manufacturers!
I'm gradually building up quite a supply of longer grass. Once they're all here, I'm going to blend them in batches before using.

The Noch Meadow grass blends were recommended by JEXY1 and are supposed to be a mixture of 2.5 - 6 mm lengths. (see here)

What I hadn't expected (the photo on the Noch website doesn't make it clear) is that they come with "leaf litter" mixed in. This is going to be neatly sifted out by my grass applicator, so I'll make a call whether to apply it afterwards.

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I picked up an odd blend at one stage that also contained 'leaf litter,' it might've been a forest blend. My response was the same quizzical shrug as yours. Still, it would work through a puffer bottle.

[grumble]Static grass is just one of the areas where it would be nice to be able to buy over the counter. Colours just vary so much from the poor images posted on websites.[/grumble]

I've struggled to find Heki products for sale here, with any kind of regularity. But the times that I have managed they've been excellent. I use the Heki-flor in different shades for plants growing over and amongst the rocks. It'll also be good for mistletoe on gum trees. I'm going to be searching for some more of their grass soon as I'm still not completely happy with the colour combinations I've got going at the moment..
 

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ZITAT(Ember @ 1 Feb 2012, 03:21) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>... I'm going to be searching for some more of their grass soon as I'm still not completely happy with the colour combinations I've got going at the moment..
...I wasted 5 different bags by mixing to find correct mix and in the end I mixed just one bag of heki "Savanna #3370" with one bag heki "Waldboden #3368) to fit my trees colors best. Nature would never have done it like this, but looks great...Regards Jens
 

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I only mix as I go. A pinch of this. A dash of that. Mix in a bowl and apply. I like the fact that every mix has a slightly different ratio of this to that. Again, I feel it helps with the natural look.
 

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QUOTE (doncatwalker @ 27 Jan 2012, 14:25) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>The only grass billed as 6mm was by "Polak" and available from Ireland with a hefty postage cost.

I think that's my shop
I'm sorry, that you find postage costs expensive, I have change them recently. I also run on-line shop (http://models.quicksolutions.ie) apart of eBay, where you can find Polak static grass 10-15% cheaper than on eBay.

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Hi Jack

No offence intended, but unless you're buying a bit of stuff, an €8 postage fee for registered post, makes it a non-starter for me (I guess this was the rate on eBay?). However, I've just checked out your shop. Looks good and I'll be going back. The lower standard postage rate makes it more affordable.

The Polak grass looks really interesting - a good variety of lengths and colours. I was also interested in the water products.

Will be visiting again.

All the best (and welcome to SF)

Don
 
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