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 Posted: Sun Mar 16th, 2008 08:12 pm
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At the west of england show today i asked one of the exhibitors what he had used for his long grass on the layout .

What he had used was Plumbers hemp bleached then stained or painted
to colour of choice it gave a very good effect i will edit this and upload a piccy once i have sorted them out.


cheers Brian.W

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 Posted: Sun Mar 16th, 2008 08:40 pm
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I use it quite a lot Brian. Here it's chopped up as straw for the horses.



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I haven't used plumbers hemp, is it still available?
However I have used ordinary sisal string cut and glued down and then painted, or in fact left natural for a dry end of summer grass effect.

Like Robert I have found yet another use.


This time as straw packing around glazed ceramic pipes in a BR shock waggon.

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That's a good 'un Frank, packing straw. I hadn't thought of using it for that. Great idea.



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Hobbycraft in the UK stock some useful fibrous material that can be dyed etc. Plumber's hemp is great! Packing straw, there's a great idea, half the joy is using materials that were nver designed for model railways and adapting them 8).

Where would you get packing straw from? I imagine it would be ideal for barley and wheat crops?

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I would have thought that Frank's sisal string (available in balls from cheap shops) is about as close to scale packing straw as we are going to get :!:

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