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 Posted: Thu Jan 1st, 2015 12:38 pm
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Some years ago, I bought three grass mats by Mini-Natur. These are better than average quality and look like long fibres but they are mats, unfortuantely I have no idea how to use them.

I guess that you can just unroll them, cut them to kit and Bob's your uncle, that might be OK  but it would look rather uniform.

Anyone with some knowledge in using top class products such as Mini Nature?

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 Posted: Thu Jan 1st, 2015 01:39 pm
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Cut or tear them to smaller pieces glue them in place and hide the edges with some fine turf or fibers..

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bOTeWI5n-3o



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You are correct in surmising that using the whole mat would look too regular.
Variation is the key, cut the mat up into small irregular pieces and glue in place with other scenic materials, dirt, gravel, ground foam...

Have a read of Milocomarty's pinned thread on greenery, it is a wonderful treatise on ground cover.

Here are a couple of shots of my attempts, please note this is Z scale, each of these areas is approximately 2" x 2"





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Martin beat me to it!!!!



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Martin et al,

Amazing, I found exactly the same clip from Dave Frary, I will definitely be giving the ideas a try.

I progressed from dyed lint to static grass without stopping at grass mats hence they were outside my comfort zone however having seen the you tube clip, I will be making full use of the grass mats.

Thanks to everyone.

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Tim. I do combine these techniques. Use static grass along mats and other stuff. Mats are great for areas you can't reach with the grasmaster..



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Hallo Martin,

Thank you, I am busy using the holiday to start building the scenery for Pottendorf - the little scene below is just the tip of the iceberg.

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You chaps make it look so easy....
I scored some fake grass to use and I went to incredible lengths spraying it with a sort of "Grassy Camoflage" pattern and it looked really very real..... Even bought the special spray paint for plastics...... Lasted about a month before rain somehow washed it off.... Now it looks all one colour and too uniform so I'll go along with that and part of the scenery will be a man spreading fertiliser and I'll have sprinkler heads.....



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I still like my lint, when I can get it
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Never worked with lint so I can't tell..



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