Field Sys­tem: Peter’s ver­dict

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The static grass mar­ket is al­ready rather crowded, with prod­ucts from the likes of Faller, Green Scene, Heki, Noch, Peco and WW Scen­ics. Wood­land Scen­ics’ sys­tem is a rather late en­trant. So here’s the ques­tion: is the Field Sys­tem any good? Static King costs less than £90, which makes it great value. But it looks and feels like a qual­ity prod­uct. It’s eas­ier to use than the oth­ers be­cause it can be rested on its base for fill­ing, which is a good idea. Hav­ing a clear hop­per gives it an edge over its com­peti­tors. The grass fi­bres seem to be thicker than oth­ers, which, in my view, makes them more vis­i­ble – and thus ef­fec­tive – when they’re on the lay­out. The colours and lengths blend to­gether well, although I’d still ques­tion the point of in­clud­ing 12mm fi­bres in the range; fewer 12mm fi­bres are left stand­ing when com­pared to the shorter ones. Per­son­ally, I’d rather use mul­ti­ple lay­ers of shorter grass fi­bres. Field Sys­tem of­fers so much more than just static grass and fea­tures some re­ally neat and in­no­va­tive prod­ucts. Model-vac, for ex­am­ple, should pay for it­self, con­sid­er­ing all the fi­bres you won’t waste. I re­ally liked how ef­fec­tive the com­bi­na­tion of Plant Hues and Flow­ers and Spray-tac were at adding colour vari­a­tion to the land­scape. The only part of the range I’d ad­vise against is the Starter Set. This comes with a plas­tic puffer bot­tle to ‘charge’ the fi­bres, rather than an elec­tro-static grass ap­pli­ca­tor. Wood­land Scen­ics’ bot­tle feels re­ally brit­tle and isn’t par­tic­u­larly ef­fec­tive at mak­ing the fi­bres stand up. I re­ally like Field Sys­tem. There’s so much more to it than static grass fi­bres and a static grass ap­pli­ca­tor. Even if you al­ready have an ap­pli­ca­tor, you’ll be able to find some­thing of use in the Field Sys­tem range that will com­ple­ment your ex­ist­ing tools. Field Sys­tem def­i­nitely gets the thumbs up from me!

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