Pine Straw in HO

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  1. DixonRobertson

    DixonRobertson New Member

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    Does anyone have a suggestion for modeling pinestraw on the ground in HO? I thought I would use chopped-up WS field grass, but they don't make any in dark brown. Is there some way to dye the field grass? And do I need a "puffer" to spread it on the ground if I don't want it to stand up?

    Thanks,
  2. MasonJar

    MasonJar It's not rocket surgery

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    By "pine straw" I think you mean the pine needles commonly seen on the forest floor in (for example) red pine plantations.

    There are other manufacturers of similar materials besides WS. Try Scenic Express or Silfor...? The "puffer" is to (try to) make the grass stand up, so if that's not what you want, don't use it ;)

    Let's see a few pictures of your experiments and/or solution...! :)

    Andrew
  3. Relic

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    Try jute twine, just cut to desired lenth with scissors,makes good hay too, takes paint well
  4. spitfire

    spitfire Active Member

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    Suggest you paint it before you cut it!!
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    Val
  5. Russ Bellinis

    Russ Bellinis Active Member

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    The other way that might work as well is to mix up a batch of Rit dye to the correct color and then cut the jute and soak it in the dye. Dry it, and put it on your scene.
  6. Relic

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    You could do either,for my hay{on barn floor}I just used it as is, for clumps of tall grass I dip it in thin paint then shove it through a styrofoam plate and put a dab of glue on the ends spray the top{above ground} with clear, works for me