So you're thinking about building your very own static grass applicator to take your model scenery to the next level...
You've come to the right place!
There's no better way to take an average looking scene and transform it into an amazing master piece that will leave you friend speechless!
Over the last few years static grass applicators have dramatically reduced in price however even though you can buy cheap applicators for $30 you'll be hard pressed finding a better more durable and versatile static grass applicator than building your own using the instructions I show in the video tutorial.
The updated version includes a number of features that are far superior to the previous model.Some of the features include:
The aim of the tutorial is to arm you with all the knowledge you need to successfully build and use your own static grass applicator, with a basic understanding of the components required you'll be able to create your own improved versions that will fit in with your own needs and requirements.
As demonstrated in the video one of the requirements I needed was a portable power supply (9 volt battery) however I wanted to keep the reliability of a mains power supply when required.
Whether building a large model railroad that fills the basement or when building a small diorama no bigger than your hand like that shown in the diorama above, a static grass applicator will dramatically improve your scenery!
I've used static grass in just about all of my model dioramas and model railway scenery and without static grass they would look nothing like they do today.
Once the main structure of the static grass applicator has been built you can start on the more difficult part.... wiring.The process of wiring the applicator is not fully demonstrated in the video due to the intricate nature of working with small circuitry. Below is a diagram showing the specific wiring and the components that make up the circuit, provided you follow the diagram you should have no problems getting your applicator to work.
In the video you'll notice I tried my best to make the applicator as compact as possible, because there was a lack of space available in the handle of the applicator I had to carefully wire the grass applicator up in a very small and confined space. If the overall size of the static grass applicator handle isn't a major design requirement for you, then you can allow yourself extra space in the lid and handle of the applicator to give yourself more room for wiring.
If you carefully look at the image showing the inside of the lid assembly of the static grass applicator you can see how the components are carefully and compactly fitted around the three rocker switch spade connectors.
Another consideration to take into account when wiring in such confined space and additionally due to the nature of the static grass applicator that will be shaken during operation is to have the wiring sufficiently spaced in order to avoid short circuits.
Static Grass Applicator Components:
Static Grass Applicator Components:
Where I did my shopping....
Bunnings is a hardware store located all across Australia
Woolworths is a supermarket located throughout Australia
Big W is a chain department store located throughout Australia
Jaycar is an electronics store located across Australia
Oatley Electronics is an online electronics store and they post worldwide
www.ledsales.com.au is an online electronics store located in Victoria
Now that you have successfully built your very own portable static grass applicator you can now create some awesome static grass tufts!By following the tutorial videos below you'll be able to make some great wild grass tufts as well as the perfect flowering grass tufts.
Thanks for taking the time to check out the website and videos. I wish you luck in building your own static grass applicator and I'm sure you will enjoy the amazing results you will get from using a tool like this.