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  • Anyone Ever Used Grass Mat?

    Hello, has anyone used this grass mat product before? http://www.hobbylinc.com/bachmann-gr...nd-cover-32901

    I'm thinking about laying it out as my foundation for my 4' x 16' Carrera digital set up. I would need 2 packs of the stuff but at least I would have my track setting on a semi realistic surface that I could from there start putting up some grandstands, pit buildings or roads and what not.

    How does it look? How did it work out for you?

  • #2
    I used it once and it's more for model railroading than slot cars IMO, didn't hold up well and I had grass stuff everywhere. I used artificial grass carpet from Lowes, I thinks it's called "Fresh Cut" 12 feet wide and 50 cents a square foot, It would be cheaper than the grass mat and the price difference would pay for the glue to stick it down.
    Allan

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    • b.yingling
      b.yingling commented
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      I bought similar rolls of artificial grass from Lowes and Home Depot, although they weren't 12ft wide. They were very cheap and hold up well. They are not the ultimate in realism- but for my use they were more than good enough.

  • #3
    I used it once also and had a similar experience to Bluevista. Cars picked up bits of grass if they came off onto it. Easily solved though with a coat or two of thinned white glue.
    Team SCANC
    Woodland Trace Raceway - SlotZuka - Bent Tree Raceway
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    • #4
      HI GUYS
      I've had good luck with the grass mat (50"x100') on flat places on my track
      I got two rolls at Hobby Lobby, I bough one roll at a time so I could use the 40% coupon to save the money
      It doesn't look or work well were you have uneven surfaces
      Sure hope that helps, here is the listing below

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      Medium Green Grass Mat - 50" x 100"

      1 5 stars 5 1 review
      $19.99
      • Brand: JTT Scenery Products by MRC
      SKU: 239707



      Medium Green Grass Mat is moldable for making hills, removable turf for making roads and water areas. Enjoy no shedding, no staining, and no mess to clean up. This handy grass is tear-resistant and can be reused to fit your needs. Use for train layouts, model scenes, dioramas and craft projects.

      https://www.hobbylobby.com/Crafts-Ho...-x-100/p/59100







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      Medium Green Grass Mat - 50" x 100"

      1 5 stars 5 1 review
      $19.99
      • Brand: JTT Scenery Products by MRC
      SKU: 239707



      Medium Green Grass Mat is moldable for making hills, removable turf for making roads and water areas. Enjoy no shedding, no staining, and no mess to clean up. This handy grass is tear-resistant and can be reused to fit your needs. Use for train layouts, model scenes, dioramas and craft projects.





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      • #5
        If you're thinking of alternatives, I used window screen covered by plaster cloth and painted on my open frame track. Additionally, what about felt from a fabric store? It would cut easy, glue down with white glue and be more "in scale" with the cars. Some tan and brown may allow you to create the illusion of run off areas and track edges.

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        • #6
          The product I was talking about is exactly what bigman pointed out in his post. What drew me to it was that they mentioned it didn't shed but it sounds like quite the opposite as you folks have said it does shed its grass needles if something rubs across it. I was also thinking it would quiet the track down a bit too. Something to think about I suppose.

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          • #7
            Like bigman, I have had good experience with grass mats on flat surfaces, but I used the Woodland Scenics versions. I cut the mats to shape and placed them on the infield areas of my track. The edges of my grass mat sheets only went partly under my track - I did not have too much shedding or loose debris, but the grass will rub off the mat if you hit it hard enough with a sharp object (its designed to do that). The mats do look great and are easy to lay out......but some care is required on the surface. Here is a photo of my layout a few years ago, with the grass mat infield. Its just a plain green cloth sheet under the entire track.....yup I am a 'rug racer'.......haha. Let us know what you go with, and post some pics when you are done. Cheers RvE
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            • #8
              RvE, thanks for the reply. I appreciate the picture of the mat in use. I'll pass along what I decide to go with.

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              • #9
                Here is a portion of my track where we used grass mat on the table surface.
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                Works pretty well, and it's not getting driven on so no issues.
                Come Race at The Trace!
                Timberline Trace International Raceway - SW of Mpls, MN

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                • #10
                  I used a product called Eco Rug indoor/outdoor rug from Lowes. It comes in 6ft by 8ft and it has a nice green color.
                  Lance Sofa racer

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                  • #11
                    i used felt,dampened the sound.

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                    • #12
                      I create my grass section off layout. First I cut a piece of cardboard to fit the shape. I take it off the layout, and then spray paint it either flat black or dark brown. Next I cover it with white glue, then sprinkle on grass material. When dry I dump off the loose material, and then glue the grass section in place. By doing this all off layout it's less messy.











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                      • #13
                        Thanks again for all the replies and tips, I really appreciate it.
                        Would you say 1/32 is close to “0” scale as far as buildings and such that are made for train set ups? Or is it actually slightly larger?

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                        • #14
                          O Scale is 1/48th Scale, so 1/32 is about 1/3rd larger. Some O Scale items may still be usable though depending on what they are & where you place them.

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                          • #15
                            I think G scale is actually closer to 1/32, but as stated it depends on the manufacturer.
                            Come Race at The Trace!
                            Timberline Trace International Raceway - SW of Mpls, MN

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