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    I'm sorry if my question has been covered elsewhere, but I wanted to ask if anyone thought that 4mm and 6mm static grass fibres look too long on their layouts on things like grass embankments or fields?

    I used 2mm and the static grass effect wasn't too effective for me. When it had dried, I tried a slightly different colour with 4mm static grass, and that looked ok. Then I think I ruined the whole thing with 6mm static grass.

    Before I scrape off the whole lot and try again, does anyone agree that 4mm and 6mm are too long, or maybe just 6mm too long?

    I know it's my layout and what I say goes, but I wondered if anyone else had their opinion.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Texhorse View Post
    does anyone agree that 4mm and 6mm are too long, or maybe just 6mm too long?
    This is one of those questions that you are going to get varying answers to, and in reality it truly depends on what you are modeling. 6mm is quite lengthy for N scale and will be much too long for 99% of lawns for example, but may look just fine next to the right of way where the railroad herbicide sprayers don't reach.

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    Before I scrape off the whole lot and try again
    1/160 lawnmower? I have an old beard and mustache trimmer that I've used on faux fur dyed to look like weeds that was too long. I'm skeptical that it would work on static grass but I'm brain storming here. My point is maybe it can be shortened without completely redoing it?
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    Yes, it depends on what you are modeling. Even 2mm is too long for a lawn: 2x160=320mm or 12.6 inches. Of course 4 mm is twice that. A mix of 2mm and 4mm might be good for an overgrown field. I would reserve 6mm for bullrushes around a pond.
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    As others have said, the answers will vary.
    As Gordon states, even 2mm is almost too long and 6mm, well it's rather too long as well, but depending WHERE you use it, all can work.

    I started out using some 2mm and I didn't like the result, looked like peach fuzz.
    I tried 4mm & 6mm with much better results.

    I used a darker 4mm and then added a bit of lighter colored 6mm for some varied looking results. I was happy with it. This was my first attempt.
    Here's a link to my blog page so you can judge for yourself.

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    4 mm gets you a nice "wild and overgrown" look, whereas 6 mm starts to look a little jungle-esque. That said, I've found uses for both (unlike 2 mm, which I find kind of pointless).

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    For a lawn, you need the finest ground foam you can buy. It will look pretty good.

    2mm is great for less-maintained areas near lawns, make some tufts to represent grass shrubs around buildings, and so on.

    4mm looks like unmowed grass, left fallow. But still grass.

    6mm is really tall, but still appropriate for marsh grasses and such. I have experimented with using them in the bottom of drainage ditches and they can look great.
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    Show us a photo or two of what you are trying to model. It'll also keep the Moose stampede away.
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    I have also found 4mm to be about right. Officially “to scale” 4mm is too long, however, when compressing the world 1:160, sometimes things that are truly to scale don’t show up very well.

    Removing static grass should be easy. I just re-did a section where I didn’t like the color. Just soak with 70% alcohol and scrape off with an XActo knife. It should come off easily.

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    I am liking the responses here. I think I'm going to keep using the 4mm for my fields and overgrown areas, and use 6mm for wasteland and round my water culvert. I will probably experiment with different colours as well, because sometimes I think an area can look "too green"!

    Thanks for the ideas guys!

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