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Ok here is one for all you diorama builders, how to make great looking pine needles for trees, first take a ball of sisal string and some clothing dye in green. Sisal sting I hear you ask that is the old fashioned brown coloured stuff you can get from amazon... don't use the new polyester type stuff as it will not take the dye. Take your dye and plonk it in water cut up lengths of Sisal sting and submerge it in the dye, once the dye has full taken usually after a few hour remove the string and hang up to dry. Once the string is dry unravel it slightly and cut it up in very small lengths or bits, we are now ready to apply it to our trees to make coniferous trees, you can also scatter it around the base of your trees to make fallen pine needles. hope this is useful.


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That's a good idea. I have some brown gardening twine which seems just like Amazon's "Oasis Mossing Jute Twine String". I have cut it up into 1 cm lengths for spiky green growths and now have your idea of pine needles. Thanks for that.
 

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Hi again. Tony you never mentioned the halfords primer that many people use. It's cheaper and better than most model primers. I do a lot of Luftwaffe stuff and the white one is a good primer under those "difficult to get coverage" colours like yellow, red and ...err...white.
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Hi, I used Halfords grey primer on a kit, but I seemed to get a very coarse finish, have you noticed this, or what could be the cause?
 
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Hi, I used Halfords grey primer on a kit, but I seemed to get a very coarse finish, have you noticed this, or what could be the cause?
I prefer the Poundshop primer, but try warming the can in a saucepan of hot water. Obviously not boiling - straight from your kitchen hot tap will do.


Stand it for 5 minutes before agitating the can, then the full 2 minute shake (you can add a circular swirling motion)


Rub the model down with IPA or an automotive tack cloth to remove dust & skin oils.


Start off with a couple of light mist coats to prepare the surface. When spraying, keep the can close to the model - about 6" is fine so the primer goes down 'wet'.


If you've done all this already Dan.... try a different brand of primer or a new can!


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Hi, I used Halfords grey primer on a kit, but I seemed to get a very coarse finish, have you noticed this, or what could be the cause?
That can happen. I always rub down the model with some 2500 grit wet 'n' dry anyway. It doesn't happen all the time and I don't know what caused it.


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That can happen. I always rub down the model with some 2500 grit wet 'n' dry anyway. It doesn't happen all the time and I don't know what caused it.
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Thanks for that
 
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Something like this might have been posted in the past, but whilst in Poundland today I espied these clothes pegs with rubber grips...
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They seem ideal for clamping small parts & grip better than the wooden ones.
 

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The bristles of paint brushes, clump them together and cut them down and you have winter grass if you paint them brown.

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Great advice, but also the use of bristles from more heavy duty brushes, the good old bass yard brush bristles can be used many ways in dioramas, also the nylon bristles from sweeping brushes, the list goes on.
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Great thread with lots of clever ideas. Thanks!
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There are several unconventional materials used here. Pie tin foil for the tent. Old fibrous carpet underlay for the grass, cigarette paper for the dandelions. The figures are painted by Mike (the Kiwi) Butler - I made the base for them.
 

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Cheers Si, I did this as a test piece for a thread on somewhere.
In this pic you can see a dandelion, leaves made from cigarette papers, the seed head done from balling up Q-tip fibres. The purple flowers where actual flowers of some plant I found growing in-between flagstones, dried out, then painted, I believe that moss flowers would do the same. The grasses are paint bristles as mention by others.
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That hedge made me remember that I once made bushes on a base for some Vietnam figures from pieces of Iceland moss (my mother was a florist, and had the stuff in abundance) with dried tea leaves glued on somehow — I suppose by first spraying the moss with glue from a can, then sprinkling the leaves on. Afterwards I sprayed the whole thing green, followed by drybrushing etc. to create pretty good-looking bushes.
 
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