Sunday, January 21, 2018

Experimenting with Static Grass




















It’s been a long time since I did any scenery on the M & M Sub. Mostly, all I’ve been doing is operate trains, and a bit of weathering here and there.

But I’ve been impressed by photos from other modellers that include static grass. It looks very realistic!





















So I bought a couple packages of static grass (Noch and Woodland Scenics) to give it a try.

I also borrowed a handmade applicator from my friend, Larry Leavens.





















After a bit of experimentation, I like the effect. But I think I need to vary the height a bit—get some longer fibres to make it stand out more.

I also need to vary the colour—add some darker green.

I don’t think I need to apply it everywhere, just the places I think I’ll do most of my layout photography.

What do you think? Are you using static grass?



Thursday, January 4, 2018

Visiting Power, and Visiting With Friends on the Manitoba & Minnesota Sub.


















The M & M Sub. hosted some visiting power early in this new year when friends Morgan Turney, Dennis Rietz and Larry Leavens visited.



















Dennis brought over some Walther’s VIA coaches to run; Larry brought two unique CF7 units from the Red River Valley & Western, and Morgan brought some Toronto, Hamilton & Buffalo (TH&B) locomotives and some rolling stock.

(I showcased Dennis' unique and great layout in a crawl space on this blog in 2012: See it here.)















(The Red River Valley & Western is a shortline in North Dakota and Minnesota. Founded in 1987, it celebrated its 30th anniversary last year.)



















Over refreshments and conversation, we ran trains and visited—a great model railroad evening with friends.















Larry also brought over his homemade static grass applicator, which I am going to try one of these days; I’ve been noticing how great photos with static grass look, and I want to see if I can add it to my layout, too.