In my earlier article on adding grass to your Model Railway layout, one of the points about half way through mentioned using static grass. Now static grass is one of the most realistic types of model railway scenery any railway modeller can possibly use, but applying it correctly is key. If you’ve never seen static grass before, there’s a big clue in the name as to what it is and how it works. It’s not static grass as in grass that doesn’t move, it’s grass that’s applied using static electricity to make it stand on end just like real grass. It’s made from coloured nylon fibres of either the same or varying lengths, and when applied correctly it really does look like static grass.
To make it stand on end and look as realistic as possible you’re going to need a Static Grass Applicator. Whilst carrying out a little research for the previous article I stumbled across this little beauty from GB Models Ebay store. It’s a homemade static grass applicator that costs just a fraction of the professional ones from the likes of Noch, and judging by the feedback, this guy has sold over 1000 of these in the last 12 months.
How the Static Grass Applicator Works
The applicator is an extremely simple device but it really does work a treat… Here’s what to do:
- Apply PVA glue to a small area (4 x 4 inches) with PVA and place a pin or small nail into the centre of the glued surface to create an “Earth”.
- Place the flock scatter into the sieve end on the static grass applicator and press the red power button whilst gently shaking the applicator.
- The grass will then begin to fall perfectly vertically onto the glued are of your baseboard. This will enable you to achieve a professional finish, as the electronically charged grass stands up and looks as realistic as possible.
Personally I think the price of professional static grass applicators puts many and indeed most modellers off from using static grass or flock to its full potential, but with a simple and effective product like this it puts ultra-realistic looking grass within the grass of pretty much every railway modeller.
Look out for a full and in-depth review of this product coming shortly. In the meantime, if you fancy giving one a go, you can pick them up for just £15.99 +P&P from GB Models Ebay store. Let us know how you get on!