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    TOP: ConCor's flocked grass matting paper makes perfect weeds for HO or N scale model railroads. All you need to install it is a bit of white glue, a hobby knife, and some earth-colored flat paint. BOTTOM: Rip off chunks of the paper backed flocked grass to roughly match the area you want to fill with "weeds." Rip the piece you want to use in an upward direction from the remaining portion of the matting.
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    Capturing the character of the real railroads begins with an alertness for the too-obvious. The things that most of us just "naturally" take for granted must be painstakingly placed in your miniature scenes if you really expect realism. Past issues of 1001 MODEL RAILROAD IDEAS have shown how the dirt and weathering that color rolling stock and locomotives can be applied to models. Plain old weeds are another of those "natural" elements you'll want to include. We found some of the most realistic ones yet on Dale Darney's HO scale layout in Reno, Nevada. Dale used chunks of a flocked paper matting sold through hobby dealers by ConCor for his "weeds" and his technique was clever enough that we thought it worth offering to our readers.

    TOP LEFT: Fit the pieces of matting in place to be sure they're the right size. The ConCor matting has most of the short pieces of flocking glued on so they are nearly vertical; just like real life weeds and grass. MIDDLE LEFT: Normally, the "weed" patch would be glued onto the tabletop and the "earth" texture painted on around it. Since we already had our "earth" we'll have to trim it away for the new "growth" of "weeds. "BOTTOM LEFT: Cut around the traced outline of the "weed" patch with a sharp hobby knife; pick away the paint from the edges of the patch first; then pry out any paint and "earth" texture from the center of the patch. TOP RIGHT: Apply a thin layer of white glue to the "bare" area and then press the grass matting patches down. Be sure to wipe away any excess glue before it has a chance to dry on the "weeds" or the adjoining "earth." BOTTOM RIGHT: The "weeds" can even be "planted" between the rails. Carefully cut a strip of the grass matting that is wide enough to fit between the rails without hitting the wheel's flanges; rip the ends; and glue in place.
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    LEFT: The edges of the "weed" patch must be painted with an "earth" color to match and blend with the rest of the scenery. You can dull the color and disturb the uniformity of the "weeds" by brushing just a touch of the earth color on part of the "weeds" themselves. They're just a bit higher than the rails used on most N scale track. RIGHT: Dale Darney "planted" dozens of flocked grass matting "weeds" around and between the yard tracks on his HO and HOn3 railroad. These "weeds" were glued down first and the "earth" texture brushed on around them.
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    • Original Author 1001 Model Railroading Ideas
    • Source 1001 Model Railroading Ideas
    • Publication Date Winter 1971

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