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FLOCK vs STATIC GRASS for 1/35 ?

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Lewis Mrotzek06/12/2017 20:05:12
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Gents,

I’m starting a spring Dio, for the holidays, and I’m currently gathering supplies and literature for the build.I'm stuck between static grass and or flock,while my last option, which I feel is the most realistic option is one of MIGS grass mats, they look beautiful, but are quite expensive in the long run. I’d like to make itself while achieving a realistic look in 1/35 scale. Any suggestions?

Lewis

Lewis Mrotzek06/12/2017 20:13:20
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Maybe a suggested length for static grass in 1/35? 3mm 6mm...

Kevin Cole 106/12/2017 21:26:35
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I've seen that 8mm is also available.

Cutting tufts from a large brush and manually placing into a ground fixing medium (glue/PVA) is a common technique for tall grass, though certainly more tedious, but much more cost effective.

Edited By Kevin Cole 1 on 06/12/2017 21:27:15

Mike Cartmale06/12/2017 22:02:34
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Hi Lewis,
This is my version with static grass, I made up a mix of spring, summer and fall 12mm grass from Noch I think is the company model railway grass, sprinkled on from a shake bottle (creates static) onto white glue.
Hope this helps.
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Kimmo Happonen06/12/2017 22:40:03
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Definitely static grass, flock is better used as moss, weeds, clover etc and undergrowth. If you do the old sprinkle on wet glue technique, try vacuuming the excess off. I made a small mesh cap that fits over the vacuum hose that helps. It doesn't generate as much static as one of those proper applicators, but it does help. Shake off the excess first, then run the vacuum at its lowest setting to avoid having the thing stick to your groundwork. Repeat as needed. 4-6 mm is good for most applications, remember that 4 mm in 1/35 scale is actually 14 cm in real life, or roughly shin height. Varying the heights and colours adds a bit of realism and makes things look less uniform.

Kimmo

Kevin Cole 106/12/2017 23:09:08
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WWScenics is another supplier, cheaper than most, and in the UK if that helps:

http://www.war-world.co.uk/

John Race07/12/2017 11:40:05
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Hi Lewis.

I use a WW Scenics box for mine , buying in grass mixes.

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I had planned to do a SBS on that grass box, a great piece of kit.

I have no connection with WW Scenics just a happy customer.

John.

Peter Gillson07/12/2017 20:43:28
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Hi Lewis

In 1/35 I would go for Static Grass everytime.

I made my own little tool which generates a static charge which makes the grass stand on end rather than flat, which I think makes all of the difference.

Here is a link to a video showing how to make one very similar to the one I made a few years ago; **LINK**

it is well worth the effort of making one.

Peter

jimbo08/12/2017 09:31:51
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Hi Lewis

Static grass every time for 1/35. As Kimmo says 4mm grass scales to 14cm at 1/35 so about OK for a field. You can layer in 6mm for rougher areas.

I bought a 'tea strainer/fly killer' applicator from eBay dead cheap a while ago - a waste of money crying 2 I have just ordered a proper static grass applicator from WW Scenics (as recommended by John and Kevin). Certainly not cheap but it will work. *HERE*

There are a few good YouTube videos showing how to make your own and with a bit of skill and patience you could make a good piece of kit very cheaply - Peter has done it wink 2

Jim

Tim Marlow08/12/2017 17:34:49
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Hi Lewis

Another vote for static grass. I find the teastrainer applicator ok for small areas (made my own, it's blogged on here somewhere) but the plate type as shown by John are great from what I've seen demonstrated, and are about 35 on amazon. That is only about six packs of tufts so it will pay for itself really quickly....must get one 😉

Cheers

Tim

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