Growing like weeds!

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  1. Ralph

    Ralph Remember...it's for fun!

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    I've recently added some weeds made of twine to various places on my layout. The cement plant...

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  2. Ralph

    Ralph Remember...it's for fun!

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    By the switch tower...

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  3. Ralph

    Ralph Remember...it's for fun!

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    ...and along the industrial area...

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  4. N Gauger

    N Gauger 1:20.3 Train Addict

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    Nice weeds :) :) I like Vandelay ind. too :) Too Funny!!!!
  5. UP SD40-2

    UP SD40-2 Senior Member

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    Ralph, WOW!, that twine really turned out GREAT!:thumb: after seeing that, woodland scenics is going to loose me as a customer for their weeds.;) THANKS! Ralph:D -Deano
  6. viperman

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    Seinfeld fan?
  7. MasonJar

    MasonJar It's not rocket surgery

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    Nice weeds! I like to use the little craft "corn" brooms. How do you get the twist out of the twine? Or is it just not noticable?

    Andrew
  8. Ralph

    Ralph Remember...it's for fun!

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    Good idea! As for the twist in the twine...I did run across that problem a little. Manually untwisting a few times and cutting the twine as short as I could helped.
    Ralph
  9. EngineerKyle

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    Vandaley?

    LOL
  10. Chessie6459

    Chessie6459 Gauge Oldtimer

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    Cool Ralph. Looks Great.:thumb: :thumb: :thumb:
  11. eightyeightfan1

    eightyeightfan1 Now I'm AMP'd

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    Looks great Ralph.
    But where's Dr. Norstrom's office?

    Gee..All of a sudden I feel like a Drake's coffee cake...You know the large size?
    I've gotta a box of them..........
  12. Ralph

    Ralph Remember...it's for fun!

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    They're too sweet and they crumble when you eat them. :) Snapple? :D
  13. TomPM

    TomPM Another Fried Egg Fan

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    Looking good, Ralph!:thumb: :thumb:
  14. TruckLover

    TruckLover Mack CH613 & 53' Trailer

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    WOW Ralph,

    I never even thought of using twine for weeds. Sounds easy and cheap.:D :D

    Off to the garage!!
  15. steamhead

    steamhead Active Member

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    Hey!
    I was just thinking about using twine for weeds!!! I'm thinking the twist could be taken out bi wetting the untwined strands and hanging them to dry with some weight at the end. Will have to mess with this over the weekend. How did you fix them to the layout?

    Good work!!

    Gus (LC&P).
  16. steamhead

    steamhead Active Member

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    Make that "BY"

    Gus (LC&P).
  17. Ralph

    Ralph Remember...it's for fun!

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    That might work Gus. Let us know. To plant weeds I cut about a half inch piece of twine, unravel it and seperate the piece into three clumps of strands. They seem to naturally part that way and are about as thick as I'd want. I poke a hole in my scenary base with a small awl, lay the weeds across the hole, and then use the tool to poke the weeds in the middle, pushing them into the hole. As the twine sinks into the hole the fibers pop up looking like plant life. If they seem too long I trim them with a small pair of scissors. I didn't put a drop of glue in the holes but one could if they wanted to. My homasote base seems to keep the weeds in securly w/o it.

    Ralph
  18. steamhead

    steamhead Active Member

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    Hi,

    I did the wet twine trick & it straightened out perfectly. I haven't had a chance to "plant" them yet, but I'll get to work tomorrow, see how they turn out.

    Gus (LC&P).
  19. Ralph

    Ralph Remember...it's for fun!

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    Great! Thanks for the experiment!
    Ralph