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 Posted: Sun Apr 26th, 2015 06:36 pm
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These are my first attempts at scratch building haystacks for my Ho farm scene.  they were made by gluing chopped up jute twine over playdough that I had tried to make into a haystack shape.    
What do you Think?  are they passable as haystacks  or look like a cat coughed up a hair ball.  Any comments or advice on making them would be appreciated.

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 Posted: Sun Apr 26th, 2015 09:29 pm
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Google "haystack". They look a bit disorganized to me. Proto hay looks more "groomed" vertically to facilitate water drain. Jose.



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 Posted: Sun Apr 26th, 2015 11:21 pm
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trying to get fine cut jute twine to go on even is next to impossible

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 Posted: Mon Apr 27th, 2015 02:30 am
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I would glue longish strands starting from the bottom up. Glue just the top end, comb it down, spray with diluted white glue (very little spray). Comb with a stiff brush, Do several layers. When dry trim with a razor. Salt and pepper to suit.


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Thanks I will try that. being this small it will be a bit hard but I will give it a try. Thanks for the info

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A pal of mine recently made a 1/35 scale European haystack for a WW2 diorama. He used what seems to be similar methods that you used.
However, he sprayed the stack with diluted white glue, wrapped it in wax paper, and wrapped a band of cardstock around it tightly, then taped that shut for a few hours.
When he was done, the hay wasn't sticking out randomly and looked pretty decent.



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