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Alternative title, masking believable fake grass. Someone inquired, so I decided to make a quick post about it. I use Woodland Scenics ground foam, but a special mixture of it.

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Above is the mixture, a combination of three different ground foams to make it more believable. Not sure about you guys, but sometimes grass just looks dead here, so I added in color to break the monotony and to give it more life.

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The first color is Burnt grass, #T44. This is what gives the dead grass look.

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This is Blended Turf, #T39. It’s a mixture of pure green and burnt grass. Think of it this way, it is a fixed blend, so if i add a little more of either green or burnt grass, it’ll tip the majority color in that favor (adding more green grass means there is less burnt grass, and vice verse).

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Lastly, plain turf, #T45. This is just a pure, healthy color green.

I put them in the previously seen salsa jar, and shake it to mix it together.

Now on to the more curious stuff, medium coarse foam.

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If you look closely, this ground foam looks coarser, because it is. It’s filled with coarse turf (#T64), and whatever happened to be loose on the diorama that fell off when I shook the excess off. So it’s pretty much everything I listed so far, but not on purpose, :).

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Here is the coarse turf. When you shake it in the jar, the finer stuff does settle to the bottom. Just a FYI.

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Here you see my four salsa jars full of materials. Left to right, coarse foam, fine foam, large dirt, fine dirt. I actually got the dirt, from my driveway, for the roads of the rally diorama, but then decided to paint it instead. Still here for a future project.

Hope this helps anyone, and happy diecasting!

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