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Testing Static Grass with a fly bat converted

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    July 2018
Testing Static Grass with a fly bat converted
Posted by Modellers United on Thursday, July 12, 2018 2:10 AM

So today i decided i would try Static Grass for the first time , i brought a tea strainner 50p and a battery fly swatter £1 and followed the youtube video i found online was easy to do then hot glued a pot lid and cut a hole out , i brought static grass in 3 different sizes 2 mm 4 mm and 6 mm and 3 different colours 9 bags total and gave it a test , after 3 - 4 electric shocks when touching the tea stainner on the nail by mistake i figured out not to do that and keep a distance between the 2 parts , very happy with the finished reults this is the 4 mm test results just waiting for glue to dry now

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  • From: Parker City, IN.
Posted by Rambo on Friday, July 13, 2018 4:18 PM
Looks like your test was a success. I've been wanting to make one of them myself next time I do a field scene.

Clint

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    July 2018
Posted by Modellers United on Friday, July 13, 2018 5:03 PM

Rambo
Looks like your test was a success. I've been wanting to make one of them myself next time I do a field scene.
 

cheers mate yes worked a treat , wasent sure if it would work as you cant belive everything you see online but happy too say its great and cheap and only took 20 mins to make  Yes

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Posted by Griffin25 on Friday, July 13, 2018 5:38 PM

That works great from the looks of it. I'm going to check that out. Thanks for sharing bud. 

 

 

Griffin

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  • From: Poland
Posted by Pawel on Saturday, July 14, 2018 10:48 AM

Hello!

Your results look good!

Putting a megaohm resistor in series with the strainer would protect you against those electric shocks without compromising the function of the device.

Have you tried mixing grass of different lengths? I do that and I find that it enhances the results a little, makes the grass a little more rough, good for dioramas showing the grass "unmowed".

Thanks for sharing and have a nice day

PaweĊ‚

All comments and critique welcomed. Thanks for your honest opinions!

www.vietnam.net.pl

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    July 2018
Posted by Modellers United on Wednesday, July 25, 2018 5:45 PM

cheers guys , yes Pawel i used a mix in my dio this was my first test mate wasent sure if it would work so never mixed it for the test as i never wanted to waste too much if it went wrong lol

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  • From: East Stroudsburg, PA
Posted by TigerII on Thursday, July 26, 2018 4:42 PM

That static grass came out fantastic. It looks like the small dykes in the rice paddies of Vietnam. I guess I'm going to have to google that video on YouTube for this. 

 

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    July 2018
Posted by Modellers United on Friday, July 27, 2018 11:41 AM

TigerII

That static grass came out fantastic. It looks like the small dykes in the rice paddies of Vietnam. I guess I'm going to have to google that video on YouTube for this. 

 

 

cheers mate heres the link i used https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mnui9xROotM

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    November 2008
  • From: Central Florida
Posted by plasticjunkie on Saturday, July 28, 2018 2:26 PM

Modellers United
 
TigerII

That static grass came out fantastic. It looks like the small dykes in the rice paddies of Vietnam. I guess I'm going to have to google that video on YouTube for this. 

 

 

 

 

cheers mate heres the link i used https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mnui9xROotM

 

 

 

That set up works great. For us here in the US go to Harbor Freight and get the fly thingie. I got mine on sale for like $2 a while back and converted it. Works really good.

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    November 2008
  • From: Central Florida
Posted by plasticjunkie on Friday, August 3, 2018 8:29 AM

Hey as a follow up on this, I just got the HF flyer and the fly swatter is on sale for .99!

 

 GIFMaker.org_jy_Ayj_O

 

 

Too many models to build, not enough time in a lifetime!!

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    February 2007
Posted by mitsdude on Monday, August 13, 2018 10:53 AM

Ive made these too.

Small, medium, large versions for under $15 total!

I'd thought about making the strainers interchangeable but the swatters were so cheap I didnt bother.

I think they work well. I've never used any of the commercial versions for comparison but these did what I needed them to do.

 

 

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    July 2018
Posted by Modellers United on Saturday, September 15, 2018 4:01 PM

Tonight i was bored so decided to play with static grass and a base  , used 2mm , 4mm and 6mm static grass with the home made applicator , then tried it out with some past builds

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    September 2017
  • From: western North Carolina
Posted by kensar on Tuesday, October 23, 2018 7:10 AM

That looks fantastic.  Sorry I haven't done my homework on this, but what is the white material on the base that the grass sticks to? White glue?

I'm planning a diorama that is a grass airfield scene.

 

Kensar

 

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    July 2018
Posted by Modellers United on Tuesday, October 23, 2018 1:33 PM

kensar

That looks fantastic.  Sorry I haven't done my homework on this, but what is the white material on the base that the grass sticks to? White glue?

I'm planning a diorama that is a grass airfield scene.

 

 

thanks yes mate water based pva glue like the kids craft glue

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    November 2015
Posted by STOVK on Wednesday, October 24, 2018 12:05 PM

There is an excellent tutorial on how to make a Static Grass Applicator by Luke Towan.

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