> > I'm new to model railroads, and am trying to build my first
> > layout. I'm trying to find a way to simulate grass. I
> > know that it cam be bought at model shops, but I live in a
> > small desert town, 500km away from any model shop! I
> > thought about sawdust colored somehow? I would be very
> > grateful for any ideas. Thanks,
> > Ryan Darby
> > Prince Albert
> > South Africa
> Long before anybody heard of Woodland Scenics grass or anything that
> fancy, we made grass from sawdust, just as you propose. In a shallow
> pan mix an appropriate shade of cloth dye (Rit brand here in the U.S.)
> with very fine sawdust--you may want to sift it several times.
> After stirring to make sure that the color mixes evenly, you can dry
> it carefully in an oven or let it dry naturally. Paint the layout
> surface with either an earth tone, or a complementary shade of green.
> Spread the sawdust mixture with a sifter onto the wet paint. When it
> dries you have pretty decent grass.
> It's not state-of-the-art, but it's what a lot of us did for decades.
Or somewhat more advanced, and much better results come from lint.
Get a sheet of lint (medical supplier should have it, something which
failed the sterile tests is ideal 'cos it will be cheap!).
Dye the lint with cloth dye to a suitable green. Paint the surface of the
scenery a mixture of earth and grass tones. Stick the lint to the scenery
with glue, hairy side down. When dry , rip the lint sheet up, it should
leave a hairy surface stuck to the ground. (For some surfaces, sticking it
down hairy side up, then careful application of a wire brush when dry
gives a excellent result).
Improve the colours with a little bit of paint here and there - either
fine brush, or airbrush. Alter the texture by careful application of a
Finally, add odd bits of detailed rough using dyed sawdust, dyed ground
foam ***, or bought in scenic material. Individual long weeds can be
added from single strands of untwisted "hairy" string.
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