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ALTERNATIVE for STATIC GRASS?
sicktunez
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Subang Jaya, Malaysia
Member Since: October 10, 2002
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Posted: Wednesday, February 26, 2003 - 09:41 AM UTC
there been a problem lately,
here in MALAYSIA, i cant find any model shop selling static grass. And it can only be found at some small train hobby shop. But unfortunately, the shops are no longer operating and its harder to find any static grass and some scenic materials. ITS HEARTBREAKING!
Some model shops only have some packs but they ran out of stock fast.

Now, suffering from this heartbreaking sittuation, ive tried using my moms broom, cutting the end of it, sprinkled it on the base of my dio. looks okay to me, but maybe its a bit weird for my diorama.

Is there any other material i can use to make grass?
And, god please help me...may more model/scenic companies export their goods here.
dying!



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slodder
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North Carolina, United States
Member Since: February 22, 2002
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Posted: Wednesday, February 26, 2003 - 10:03 AM UTC
Try using a good old fashion hemp based rope and cut it up (almost shave it) to get small blades.
Uruk-Hai
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Stockholm, Sweden
Member Since: January 31, 2003
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Posted: Wednesday, February 26, 2003 - 10:11 AM UTC
Try flax (linen?). It looks almost like blond hair and can be found at plumber hardware stores. Its used to tighten pipes and joints. (and no this has nothing to do with maruiana but rather my shortcomings in the english tounge). Its cheap, a whole wig costs only a few bucks. You have to cut it to the desired length though.
Howitzer
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United States
Member Since: February 24, 2003
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Posted: Wednesday, February 26, 2003 - 01:02 PM UTC
Try Woodland Scenes fine grass. Its alright.
basturk
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Singapore / 新加坡
Member Since: July 19, 2002
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Posted: Wednesday, February 26, 2003 - 05:20 PM UTC
Sicktunez I know how difficult it is to find a proper model shop in Malaysia........
You could try cutting up the bristles of an old unwanted brush........ Dry moss can be found at some Arts and craft store as well..........
Selrach
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Indiana, United States
Member Since: January 04, 2003
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Posted: Wednesday, February 26, 2003 - 05:33 PM UTC
Try brush bristles... Get some cheap brushes and cut off the bristles, then paint them the color you want.

:-)
Eagle
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Noord-Brabant, Netherlands
Member Since: May 22, 2002
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Posted: Thursday, February 27, 2003 - 05:13 AM UTC
Sicktunez

you could use wool...you know the wool you can use to knit shawls, gloves etc........ use a haircomb to comb it and cut it in very, very thin pieces.... it should do the trick.....

Or hemp rope like slodder told us....it's a bit thicker, but perhaps close enough for your purposes...

Hope this helps a bit....

Danny
AndersHeintz
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Texas, United States
Member Since: March 05, 2002
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Posted: Thursday, February 27, 2003 - 07:19 AM UTC
Hola!

You can also use deer/horse/dog or any other long haired animals hair. Works great!

slodder
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North Carolina, United States
Member Since: February 22, 2002
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Posted: Thursday, February 27, 2003 - 07:30 AM UTC
Anders - you reminded me - one of the Figure Campaign Contestants used his Pugs hair (see the Junk Drawer post on Pets )
bracomadar
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Arkansas, United States
Member Since: March 01, 2003
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Posted: Friday, February 28, 2003 - 05:57 PM UTC
I found using fake fur type fabric to work really well. Get the white, tan, or yellow since it takes paints better. Just distill some paint in water and blotch it on. Go over it with some brown and let it dry. Then go over it with some green and let it dry. Repeat those steps until you get the look you want. Some of the white will look like dingy yellow, or like dead grass. Here's an example (the stuff is in 1/18th scale btw)

http://www.bracomadar.0catch.com/battle2_7.jpg