Hedges and fo­liage

Model Rail (UK) - - Workbench -

Wood­land Scen­ics Poly Fiber is a key prod­uct here. It’s so ver­sa­tile - you can tease it out be­tween your fingers to make hedges, or you can roll it into balls and cover it in scat­ter to make back­ground trees. And you can stick scat­ter to it with ei­ther PVA or ex­tra-hold hairspray. It’s great value too: a bag of it will set you back just £3.50, and you’ll have enough for a lay­out of this size. Oh, and you can use it for fill­ing in gaps in the scenery and to model creep­ing plants on build­ing walls.

This sec­tion rep­re­sents a heav­ily over­grown area, thick with weeds and bram­bles. The brighter green ma­te­rial is a fi­bre from US com­pany Mi­cro­mark

Us­ing a flat paint­brush, ap­ply neat PVA glue to the area where you in­tend to plant your hedge. Spread it around with the brush to en­sure even cov­er­age.

Push the Poly Fiber into the glue with your fin­ger. Don’t worry about clear­ing up the ex­cess glue just yet…

Leave your hedge to dry. Vac­uum away the ex­cess scat­ter and you should be left with a hedge that looks some­thing like this.

Sprin­kle on fine, good-qual­ity scat­ter ma­te­rial of your choice and leave it to dry. No wet glue should be show­ing.

Spray the area with ex­tra-hold un­scented hairspray. Su­per­mar­ket own-brand hairspray is an eco­nom­i­cal pur­chase.

After sprin­kling the green scat­ter ma­te­ri­als on the still-wet hairspray, this is the re­sult – quite a dif­fer­ence. This was just five min­utes’ work.

Poly Fiber comes out of the bag in small ‘balls’. Work it be­tween your fingers so that it will cover a greater area.

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