If you follow the The Valley Local on Facebook (click here), you've already heard me mention a very cool event coming up this weekend! It's a Worldwide Virtual Convention hosted by the National Model Railroad Association - a full 24 hours of LIVE clinics and layout tours. And all you have to do to "attend" is to join the NMRA Facebook Group (click here) since they'll be hosting the live stream.
Joining the FB Group is free. All the convention will cost you is some sleep. Here's a list of list of all the events (click on the image for a larger view):
BION, I've tried to get them to shorten the longest title on the page . . . %^)
Hope you can join us - and if you do, let us know!
Now, on to today's tip . . .
There are of course a few critical items that will help static grass perform its job: 1) a good static grass applicator, 2) a light mist of water to help conduct electricity, and 3) a vacuum to pull the grass vertically. But the 4th critical component is the glue you're using to stick the grass to your layout.
Facebook definitely has its drawbacks, but one of the things it's great for is following your favorite modelers and while checking out Mike Rose's latest efforts, he mentioned that one of the reasons his static grass comes out so nice is the type of glue he uses.
So, of course, I had to get some and try it out:
|This is the stuff - Elmer's Carpenter's Wood Glue MAX|
|Here's what it looks like out of the bottle - it has some distinctive "specks" in it and it's definitely a bit thicker than the white glue I've been using.|
|If you're worried about the color, this is what it looks like when it's dry.|
When you're done, it should look like this:
I'm always interested in learning how folks do their static grass. Different techniques may yield different results. And if there's anything that I'm discovering is important in making scenery effective, it's variation. So be sure to share your experience and tips in the comments!