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"A STATIC GRASS QUESTION "

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"A STATIC GRASS QUESTION "
Posted by TrainsRMe1 on Wednesday, October 03, 2018 10:44 PM

Hi all

I know about the static grass applyer from Knok, but I seem to remember an article telling about a way to make a static grass applyer at home, does anyone remember such an article? I think it was an Modelrailroader article. 

Thanks and Happy Modelrailroading!

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Posted by bruce22 on Wednesday, October 03, 2018 11:00 PM
Google " static grass applicators ". Describes how to from an electronic fly swatter
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Posted by BATMAN on Thursday, October 04, 2018 12:06 AM


I built two, both from $4.00 flyswatters. 

The Bat-a-grasser MK1

  

The Bat-a-grasser MK2

  

The results for $4.00 and ten minutes work. The second one allowed me to get in closer to structures and other things using the ABS pipe as the hopper. A narrower pipe, such as 1" would let you in real close. 

I just could not bring myself to spend big bucks for the little bit of grass I was doing. If I was to use it a lot, by all means, I would have spent the $$$.

Have a look on You-Tube for how to make one, it's easy peasy!

  

 

Brent

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Posted by gmpullman on Thursday, October 04, 2018 6:48 AM

BATMAN
I built two, both from $4.00 flyswatters.

Me too, (well, I built one but have a couple spare swatters if I ever need 'em.

 IMG_8051_fix by Edmund, on Flickr

It is really simple. I had that handy wire strainer on hand already. Being in a plastic frame it worked perfectly.

 IMG_8053 by Edmund, on Flickr

Google and Youtube are loaded with various designs. Just pick one.

Good Luck, Ed

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Posted by MisterBeasley on Thursday, October 04, 2018 11:34 AM

I bought one of the budget priced Gras Tech models for $25 online.  It works great.  It's an alternative to the high priced models.

It takes an iron man to play with a toy iron horse. 

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Posted by BigDaddy on Thursday, October 04, 2018 12:17 PM

Woodland Scenics is coming out with there own applicator sometime this fall.   Haven't seen a mention of price.

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Posted by MisterBeasley on Thursday, October 04, 2018 5:11 PM

While we're here, I recommend Silflor grass.  Woodland Scenics only makes 2mm grass, which looks fuzzy rather than grassy to me for HO.  Get 4mm and 6mm and a few colors.  Mixing them up gives a more realistic natural look.

It takes an iron man to play with a toy iron horse. 

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Posted by BigDaddy on Thursday, October 04, 2018 5:43 PM

I don't have an informed opinion, but since this is the Internet I can pretend I do.  Big Smile

Woodland Scenics is also coming out with their "Field System"  I suspect it is individual packages of differentl colors and lengths rather than a "kit" of multiple items.  It doesn't look fuzzy in this video, but it may be in real life.    Fast forward to 39 minutes

Henry

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Posted by BATMAN on Thursday, October 04, 2018 6:00 PM

MisterBeasley
Get 4mm and 6mm and a few colors.  Mixing them up gives a more realistic natural look.

I agree. I mix up in different lengths and shades in the hopper and unless you want a golf green even the grass in my front lawn has different colours depending on the amount of Sun it gets and whether or not it is over the septic field.Laugh When the gang is in for Saturday night hockey where lots of beer and Rum are consumed, by Sunday morning the grass over the septic tank is leaning to one side.Smile, Wink & Grin Just put a new battery in your flyswatter to straighten it out. 

One package of field grass I bought even came with these fieldstones you see.

  

 

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