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PostPosted: July 15th, 2014, 5:40 pm 
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Right, I'm building a Spitfire for a veteran, and would like to put it on a base.

I have an old place mat (made from some kind of wood) and would like to put it on a grass/earth-kind of base. Something basic, but nice to look at, if nothing else.

Can anyone tell me the best/easiest ways to go about it?

Something like this, I suppose:

http://www.bowemodels.com/images/dioramas/job_done.jpg

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PostPosted: July 15th, 2014, 8:42 pm 
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If you have Railway Hobby Shop nearby just go for some of the multi-colour flocks they use for grass and gravel. Spread on a thin layer of PVA, dust the flock on and shake off. Voilà! A grassy base. Sometimes I mix the flock with a little sand or gravel to give a rougher look and texture.

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As simple as that?

I'll schedule a visit to my local model shop at some point and have a look.

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As bluesteel says. Or even simpler; model railway shops sell rolls of ready made grass carpets. Flock all ready glued to paper base for glueing down to your base. Once glued down a spray with a contrasting green in random mottle breaks up the same-ness.

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The example looks like static grass to me; simple enough to do but you will need an applicator that applies a static charge to the grass to make it stand on end.
You can get them from fleabay easily enough, either manufactured specialist tools for £70 upwards, or there is a guy who makes his own and sells them for a lot less (he makes them out of electronic fly swatters!)
Here: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Static-Grass-Applicator-/230725764431?pt=UK_Trains_Railway_Models&hash=item35b853c54f

He does starter kits too that include a couple of packs of grass. It really does look good, I've used it on model railways to good effect!

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I've never even heard of that!

I'm going to go for the simplest/cheapest option for this one - especially as it's my first shot!

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DazDaMan wrote:
I've never even heard of that!

I'm going to go for the simplest/cheapest option for this one - especially as it's my first shot!



Always look at model railway sites - they have lots of information on scenery


http://www.newrailwaymodellers.co.uk/Sc ... felt-grass

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I ended up getting a roll of Ready Grass from Hobbycraft yesterday - will see how I get on with it!

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One extra tip on that grass carpet; spray it with hairspray, [non perfumed if you can get it], - it tends to shed a few grass fibres occasionally.

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