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    planting grass

    After planting my tree last week I figured I would keep working on that section,I laid down a thin coat of plaster to even it all out of the particle board,then I dug through my old house paint stock and found a medium brown that matched my local blow sand and laid it down thick,while it was still wet I covered it with finely sifted sand,would make a very good north Africa diorama but not Germany,so I started looking for something to make grass,walking around the barn I got looking at the wild grasses growing all over my place,by now they have all dried out and gone almost white,but a quick shot with a spray can and they look like live grasses again,then I pick through and find the fine end pieces or small seed groupings and make individual plants,I drill 1/8 holes in the bench and go over them with a counter sink to make stuffing the weeds down in the hole easier,it takes me about an hour to do six square inches! So I have another 8-10 hours of work just to cover this piece of bench! But I am going to put a fence line down the left side of the road and I need to do that before planting grass,now I have to wonder around my property to find 1/6 fence post!

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    Re: planting grass

    Looks good. Nothing like using the real thing to model the real thing
    More of my work can be found at One Sixth Arsenal

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    Re: planting grass

    After trying a couple of different things to make plants I found a sage brush type plant that makes a pretty good 1/6 plant,I'm trying to make it look like some kind of cultivated plants,corn or beans, I don't have any hobby shops close by so I have to use what I can find.
    I covered the bench top with a layer of sifted potting soil,then I brush a open line and drill holes,I don't even have to glue them in,that way if I change my mind later all I have to do is cover it with a thin layer of plaster and try something else!
    I'm always open to suggestions!

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    Re: planting grass

    That looks really good. Nothing beats the real thing. About all I could use from outside where Im at right now is snow.

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    Re: planting grass

    We are plenty cold so I don't have as much of a choice for plants right now,but these don't die in the winter,and a little green spray paint makes them look a lot more alive then they would.
    I was going to try to incorporate some actual snow into an outdoor diorama,but ours never last very long!

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    Re: planting grass

    Cool looking plants. Nice job.

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    Re: planting grass

    Nice work.

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    Re: planting grass

    Thanks! My era is may 1945 so I figured gardens would be growing by then,at that point in the war if you could you were planting so you had food! I built the garage for a scene I have wanted to do since I got started in this scale,but it needed something else beside the dirt.

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    Re: planting grass

    I finished planting my garden today,I got a break in the weather so I walked around and found some other plants that I could use,I noticed also last night when going into the house that some plants my wife had planted in a window box has some really good looking little leaves,so I added them into the mix,I changed up the paint so I had some other shades of green.

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    Re: planting grass

    Looks good. Prison camp garden?

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    Re: planting grass

    During the war it was common to find gardens in most yards in a lot of Europe,especially towards the end of the war,the governments were hard pressed to feed it's soldiers let alone it's people back home,so everyone was encouraged to plant a garden,plus a lot of people that had survived the lean years between wars had gardens,so this is going to represent a standard back yard in just about any place the US had been,eventually it will be worked into a story.

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