Tony's photos show lots of foam that needs turning into scenery. The group have spent a long time trawling Youtube looking at various people producing scenery using many different techniques. I found Luke Towan's videos most interesting and a read of a thread on RMWeb opened up further interesting ideas. One thing that came through from the RMWeb thread was that the Noch Grassmaster we had was not exactly the best machine to use for this and there are far superior static grass applicators on the market. The thread is an interesting read and several modellers gave the RTS Greenkeeper high praise. https://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/index.php?/topic/64167-static-grass-tips-and-techniques/
Looking to find a supplier for the RTS machine I came across http://microrama.eu/
who stock the product but also have a Youtube clip which shows how to make scenery using static grass applicators the like of which I have never seen before. Anyway, inspired by the results shown in the clip I duly ordered one, not cheap for sure but that'a an advantage of being in a club!http://microrama.eu/blog/magigras-the-revolution-of-your-miniature-landscape/
Whilst waiting for it to arrive I set about trying to emulate what was being shown on the microrama video using the Noch Grassmaster and the static grass fibres I had to hand. This was all set up using a piece of the foam which has been cut into small pieces. A coating of Sculpamold was applied so that it looks identical to the work we have already undertaken on Slattocks. This was then painted using a cheap brown acrylic paint from Hobbycraft.
The French video shows the use of a spray as an adhesive so not having any of that yet I got some very cheap hairspray from the local chemist, £1 per can and used that instead. A quick spray and then the static grass was applied in the same way that the guy on the French video did using one size fibres, another spray of the hairspray, a different length of fibres and another spray etc until I started to get a result with some depth. A lot of layouts using static grass look like a bulldozer has trampled all over it and that was most certainly NOT the impression we want on Slattocks. Using the Noch Grassmaster with fibres from several different sources produced something which I was rather pleased with and showed that this technique can be used to produce a very acceptable result.
The RTS arrived from France today so once I have prepared some more test pieces to use I will try it out and post the results so we can compare the difference between the old Noch Grassmaster (over 10 years old) and the RTS Grassmaster.
Knowing that the RTS Greenkeeper is capable of getting the fibres to stand better than this I am quite looking forward to doing some more tests with it to compare the results. By using multiple applications as shown in the French video I think it shows just how effective scenery can be made - it is just unfortunate for us that we have acres and acres of land to work on - thank goodness I am not the only one in the group! Don't forget there isn't any PVA of glue used here just hairspray and it dries fast very quickly.