Very few Model Railway Layouts will “work” without grass. Unless you’re modeling an exceptionally snowy scene, the most baron and isolated desert in the world, or an exceptionally focused industrial scene, grass is going to have to make an appearance somewhere. As a result, the market is totally flooded with grass and foliage products, sometimes it can get a little confusing as to which type is best to use where, so I decided today’s post would be about adding grassed areas to your model train layout, and how to get the best results for as little money as possible.
Whether it’s a large, flat open field such as a football pitch, a small domestic lawn in the back garden of one of the houses on your layout, or a rough grassy bank at the side of a river or railway cutting, you’re going to need to get to grips with applying a variety of grass products to your model railway layout.
So here we go with my 8 red hot tips for adding realistic looking grass to your model railway.
- There are literally thousands of Model Railway Scenery Grass products on the market around the world, but as with everything, some are better than others. Study the display stands, retail websites and catalogues to see which ones you think might give you the most realistic results before you spend any money.
- have improved in quality greatly over the years and now come in some very realistic colours, rather than just garishly unrealistic bright greens. Some even feature mixed grass lengths as well as mixed colours and textures, so they can be quickly and easily put to use.
- Study and photograph real grass to use as reference material when creating grassed areas on your layout. Notice the differences in texture and colour. Not all grass is the same colour, so use a mix of different model railway grass products to add texture and depth to your layout.
- Don’t forget to add detail to your grass scenes using clumps, dots and strips of different grass products from manufacturers such as Gaugemaster, Busch, miniNatur, and Silflor. Don’t overlook wild flowers either. Use small pieces of coloured foam can be used to represent wild flowers quite easily.
- If you’re looking for the ultimate in replica grass, then you need to use Static Grass. Every layout needs it and it’s not that hard to do with the right . Take a look at this video which shows you how to make a static grass applicator from a fly swatter!
- Sawdust based scatter does still have its place on model railway layouts for closely trimmed and pristine looking lawns and cricket pitches, but there is a wealth of other more realistic foam based grass and foliage products out there which look far more realistic.
- Mix and match different grass products to get the most realistic results. Select from grass mats, static grass, grass dots and strips, foam and sawdust based scatters, all of which can be fixed into place using diluted PVA glue.
- Lastly… Teddy bear fur. Yep that old chestnut and that hairy type of carpet underlay can still be teased out and dyes a variety of shades to represent tall grass if the budget is really tight.
Have your say! Do you have any tips for adding grass to your model railway layout? Then why not post them in the comments below to share then with your fellow readers 🙂
*Photo By Spinnyhead