The Grass

Model Rail (UK) - - Scenery -

1 There is a good se­lec­tion of short static grass fi­bres now avail­able for ‘N’. Choose fi­bres from Noch and WW Scen­ics that are 2.5mm or shorter in length.

2 Static grass ap­pli­ca­tors come with dif­fer­ent heads for dif­fer­ent length fi­bres. Select the head with the mesh best suited to 2.5mm or shorter fi­bres. Then fill the ap­pli­ca­tor with fi­bres.

3 To plant the grass and weeds be­tween the line and the road, I painted on Grass Glue with a round paint­brush.

4 At­tach the al­li­ga­tor clip from the elec­tro­static grass plant­ing tool to a rail (or a pin in the base­board) to com­plete the elec­tri­cal cir­cuit.

5 Hold the elec­tro­static grass tool a few cen­time­tres from the wet glue and shake it. The fi­bres will fall out and stand up­right in the glue.

6 If you don’t have a static grass tool, you can pur­chase ad­he­sive static grass tufts from var­i­ous out­lets in­clud­ing WW Scen­ics.

Se­cure the tiles with wood glue. Start from the bot­tom and com­plete an en­tire row be­fore pro­gress­ing. The row above should slightly over­lap the row be­low.

I trimmed any tiles pro­trud­ing over the edges of the roof for­mer with a pair of scis­sors. Make sure that the scis­sors are sharp – blunt blades will pull and dam­age the roof tiles.

Form a rec­tan­gle, es­ti­mat­ing the size in re­la­tion to your build­ing’s roof – it needn’t be per­fect. Lengths of balsa should then be ar­ranged in a criss-cross pat­tern.

Cut rec­tan­gu­lar holes in the roof for­mer to al­low the truss struc­ture to show through be­neath. Be aware that tiles will frame the edges of each hole

Score the cen­tral fold line us­ing a sharp scalpel and a steel ruler as a guide. Al­though this aids folding, it does pro­duce an un­sightly gap, which will be cov­ered up later.

Thin­ner lengths of balsa can be added to pro­vide vari­a­tion. You needn’t be overly pre­cise re­gard­ing place­ment or, in­deed, length at this stage – it’s a derelict build­ing af­ter all.

Mea­sure the length and width of your build­ing’s roof line. Add half a cen­time­tre at ei­ther end to form a lip and mark your mea­sure­ments onto a piece of thick card.

Cut out a batch of 1cm2 tiles – a pa­per cut­ter will speed up the process. I found Model Rail’s front cover to be the per­fect thick­ness.

The roof truss ar­range­ment was cut to size and glued to the in­side of the card roof for­mer us­ing cyano glue.

Cut lengths of 0.5mm bal­sawood us­ing a scalpel to form a roof truss ar­range­ment. I used cyanoacry­late to se­cure the trusses, but wood glue would also work fine.

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