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How can i make this kind of grass?
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Posted: Monday, June 16, 2003 - 01:20 AM UTC
hello guys... I was just surfing over the net and found a great site. And i saw this picture with a tank in high grass. My question is, how did he do that? What kind of material is that? Can someone help me?
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Posted: Monday, June 16, 2003 - 01:27 AM UTC
First thought is woodland scenics stuff Field Grass


It is a bit twisty so it may be some type of paintbrush bristles that have been died. It could be thread/string that is unravled. You can put different batches in different shades of a green 'bath' and soak them for different color contrasts.
Marty
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Posted: Monday, June 16, 2003 - 03:45 AM UTC
I actually asked the same question and got an answer right from the source. I got in touch with the guy who built all these great dioramas and here is what he said:


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Marty wrote:
>I really love all the work that has been done on the dioramafile.com site. I have one question I hope to have answered. How was the grass made? What was used to simulate it?
>Thanks




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Thanks for interesting, here is how to make the grass in my diorama;

First, wrap up the Indian corn's hair in news paper and dry, then colored by air brush.
Next, cut them in appropriate size and trim off by scissor.

That's all. Simple, isn't it? ^ ^

H.T.Kim

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Posted: Monday, June 16, 2003 - 03:48 AM UTC
So that stuff is the "fuzz" off of corn on the cob? We went through 24 ears last weekend. If I had known that I would have saved some to experiment with.
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Posted: Monday, June 16, 2003 - 03:51 AM UTC
Marty - you are the king of research.
When it says Indian Corn - is that the plant like corn on the cob and the hair (stringy strands) from that?
keenan
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Posted: Monday, June 16, 2003 - 04:11 AM UTC
CORN SILK... That is what I was trying to remember. Kids here in Indiana used to smoke the stuff. Made you sick as h3ll if I recall correctly. I think that has to be it. I did a Google and apparently people take it as an herbal medicine to help with kidney and bladder problems? Two uses for something I throw away all summer long...
Marty
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Posted: Monday, June 16, 2003 - 05:42 AM UTC

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When it says Indian Corn - is that the plant like corn on the cob and the hair (stringy strands) from that?


I think so...
chip250
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Posted: Monday, June 16, 2003 - 02:17 PM UTC
Thats a sweet ass idea! I never thought of that. Will it look convincing in 1/35 scale though?

I am thinking that it would be a little thin.

~Chip (:-)
Marty
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Posted: Tuesday, June 17, 2003 - 12:55 AM UTC
Chip, the picture in this post is 1:35 scale. It looks convincing, don't you think?

For those who would like to see more of this guy's work, here is the link: Click Here
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Posted: Tuesday, June 17, 2003 - 03:50 AM UTC
Amazing work,
but does anyone know what this is?

http://www.dioramafile.com/Dscn1978.jpg

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Posted: Tuesday, June 17, 2003 - 04:00 AM UTC

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Amazing work,
but does anyone know what this is?



A wig ...

Just kiddin'

It looks like the stuff we call monkeyhair (Apenhaar) don't know the official name though...

Sorry
sphyrna
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Posted: Tuesday, June 17, 2003 - 04:06 AM UTC
Ok, doing a Yahoo search on 'monkeyhair' brought up all sorts of weird sites .

Is there anyway also to translate his site- the foliage that he does is incredible- and that mud in 'To Muse ' looks so real ...

steve203
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Posted: Tuesday, June 17, 2003 - 10:03 AM UTC
Corn silk is a great idea. I would advise you to spray it with fire retardent prior to painting, as it would burn very easily and quickly.
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Posted: Tuesday, June 17, 2003 - 12:20 PM UTC
My question is, what is a Russian Tank Turret doing on the ground, and where is the rest of the tank??
Marty
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Posted: Tuesday, June 17, 2003 - 12:27 PM UTC

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My question is, what is a Russian Tank Turret doing on the ground, and where is the rest of the tank??


I think it insinuates that there is a destroyed Russian tank near by. I kind of like it.
kbm
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Posted: Wednesday, June 25, 2003 - 09:23 AM UTC
To say the least, I am impressed by this diorama. My biggest question about this diorama is what method did he use to insert that much tall grass, regardless of the type of grass material he is using, into his base?
kbm
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Posted: Friday, June 27, 2003 - 06:52 AM UTC
Just giving this one a bump to see if anyone can give me an answer to my question about how to insert such a large amount of tall grass into the base?
keenan
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Posted: Friday, June 27, 2003 - 06:57 AM UTC
I think the one thing that you would need to have is patience, and lots of it... You are looking drilling and fill a LOT of holes...

Shaun
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Posted: Saturday, June 28, 2003 - 12:25 AM UTC

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To say the least, I am impressed by this diorama. My biggest question about this diorama is what method did he use to insert that much tall grass, regardless of the type of grass material he is using, into his base?



take a look at this pic http://www.dioramafile.com/Dscn1813.jpg
you can see that he "plants" the gras with white glue
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Posted: Monday, June 30, 2003 - 05:27 AM UTC
Thanks for the link and the info 80a2!