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Quick and Easy Static Grass | Model Railway Hints, Tips, How To Articles and Reviews at Model Trains Online

Static grass is the latest and greatest (for once I agree with the makers claims) tool in our scenic armoury.

However, the materials and ready made applicators are expensive or you need a handymans ability to generate a replica using batteries, fly swatters a la Blue Peter (for those of us who grew up in UK when TV was black and white)!

I have been fortunate enough to play with some of these tools, and whilst expensive, I have found in small areas or cramped spaces they can be hard to use and I havn’t been satisfied with the outcome.

Recently by accident, I unwittingly came up with an alternative using everyday household items to apply static grass.

My static grass kit (illustrated below) now consists of a balloon, nylon (your girlfriend’s pantyhose works really well) or athletes T-shirt (not cotton),  static grass and white glue. Cost to assemble approx 5.00.

static grass applicator

To use, simply apply white glue to the area to be treated. Scatter the static grass on the glue. Take the inflated balloon, rub it two or three times against the piece of nylon to generate a static charge. Pass the balloon, at about 3 centimetres above the surface over the glue / grass.

As the static charge is on the surface of the balloon and generated by friction, there is no need to earth by connecting to the rail or baseboard or for a power supply.

As you pass the balloon over the grass, you will hear the grass pop up as the static does its magic.  To repeat, rub the balloon against the nylon and repeat.

Each charge will only do a small area. Excess grass will be attracted to the balloon surface and you can brush back into the container, when finished for use next time.

An example of the outcome is below:

balloon, static, grass

Static grass using the homemade application method

 

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4 Responses to Quick and Easy Static Grass

  1. amicabl says:

    Although somewhat obvious I hadn’t thought of this. Thankyou for taking the time to describe the process. I will have a go in the near future.

  2. Meirion says:

    Excellent tip and so easy quick and inexpensive, love it, must admit though the thought of all these model train enthusiasts invading Ann Summers, not a picture I want to see, but apart from that bit very good idea, keep the hints and tips coming, thanks

    • Justin says:

      Hehe, yes it wasn’t really a ploy to stir up an army of modellers to besiege Ann Summers 🙂 Just a novel use that Graeme came up with for stockings!

  3. Graeme says:

    Speak for yourself Justin 🙂

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