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Hi, I have been a lurker on this forum for quite a while and have found it very informative, this is the first question that I,ve had;
i have a largish layout 3metres x 10metres which until now hasn't had any scenery apart from the odd building, I want to make a start on the scenery by covering the boards with that flat grass mat stuff,
does anyone know the best/cheapest place to buy it.
I need about 30 square metres.
thanks dunc
 

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Hi dunc,
Two suggestions :-
1) try International Models to see what they have available (internationalmodels.co.uk)
2) look at Woodland Scenics, who I know do a roll of grass in sheet form. (ecsenics.co.uk)
A good feature of this product is that after you have laid it on to your former, you can heat it with a hair drier and it wraps itself around the contours of your land, thereby making a very effective looking slope. Further instructions are available by scrolling down on the E C Scenics home page to the tutorial section on line.
Any problems, ask again. Best of luck.
 

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I have to admire dunc's strength of character. 30 square metres with a model railway round the edge and he's going to cover it in grass not track. Such an example to the rest of us who try to squeeze quarts into pint pots!


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If your in the UK then check the adds in Railway Modeller. The big stores are usually cheapest. If your in the USA then Model Railroader is usually good for that. With that sort of area it might be worth looking at alternatives. I have seen people in Australia using woolen fleeces dyed green which does a good job of long grass.
 

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Only the modeller knows the sort of effect they are looking for.

With grass its horses for courses. If you are buying proprietory the more you pay the better it looks. My personal favourite is Busch. The only issue with sheet grass is where you have to butt edges and this really has to be masked with a stone wall or trees or something, else the effect is lost. I suppose also its not that good when you have contours.

I would look at the alternatives and pick 3 that appear suitable. Give each a try and see which is best for you.

Then negotiate a deal for a largish quantity.

The traditional and cheap sawdust method is the answer for those short on brass.

Happy modelling
Gary
 

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I found this german website - Silflor - this evening. They appear to specialise in trees. They also have a grass sheet. It's probably a bit too expensive for what you want but it looks rather convincing in the photos, so I've added this reply partly as a marker for future searchers.

The site is german only.

David
 

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And here's a French company (Sylvia) that makes trees and grass sheet. At 10 euro for 20cm square, I don't think you will be going for this one. You can always console yourself with the thought that HO scale grass is a bit on the short side for OO in any case
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This company also makes some rather good looking trees.

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It may pay you to look at the Noch electrostatic method - could work out very cost effective to cover a larger area - and no join marks !

Have a look on the Noch website www.noch.com

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By complete coincidence there is a big 2 page article on "static" grass in November's Model Rail. It does look very effective and the conclusion is that Noch static grass users would find it very hard indeed to go back to alternative methods of grass modelling.

They suggest you keep the tools away from the kids. I can see some hair raising experiences if the kids do get their hands on these tools. Think of The Munsters!

Happy modelling
Gary
 
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