Static Grass Tufts

Making your own static grass tufts can be a rewarding detailing exercise and offers something different to mass produced items? NIGEL BURKIN shows you how simple it is to make and use grass tufts.

STATIC GRASS has changed the way modellers look at scenery and it has replaced ground foam as the ground cover material of choice. However, blasting swathes of uniform static grass across the layout is not the end of the story. Like all modelling techniques, there is a need to study the real thing to get a feel for how grasses and weeds actually grow and lie, not to mention the colour mix. 

Eventually, the limit of static grass application is reached. It is awkward to apply grasses right up to structures or to place it in isolated clumps with a large applicator such as a Noch ‘Gras-master’ without covering parts of the layout with unwanted fibres which must be gathered up for reuse. Stray fibres can make a lot of mess if you are not careful!

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