I set about making another 12 feet - its on bases 20mm wide and range of lengths such as 12 inch , 9 inch , 6 inch and 3 inch to give to flexibility.
I thought I would take the opportunity to show how I do it.
|raw material - industrial sheet of rubberised horsehair - currently £35 on eBay for 6 foot x 3 and inch thick -I bought this one a few years ago for £25 from an upholstery company (its used to fill furniture) - still got plenty left!
Small sizes are of course available from a range of suppliers ..just expect to pay a premium for it
|cut a strip to height or width you want
|cut bases - these are made from 1.5mm ply
|hot glue the hedge hair to the base
|add weight to help secure until glue is set
|trim and shape the regular strip with pair of scissors to produce a bit more irregular shapes - and then add some base material I use PVA to stick on sand - and let dry
|spray a dark colour - in this dark dark green
|colour the base material an earth colour
|highlight the base earth
|liberally apply neat PVA across the hedge area - working it into the weave
|prepare your scatter mix - this is by Javis available at various model and railway modelling suppliers - its a mix of shades of summer/spring green
|I had sourced some 15mm MDF gates and fences from Blotz - these were added as part of the sticking on to the bases - I just forgot to photograph them.
|all covered in scatter - allow to dry before shaking off any final excess
|spray with cheap extra firm hold hair spray - it will stop the scatter shedding - and you can always redo this at any time too
|I also found some trees on e-bay a while ago and they were based singly - I cut those off and I have added them in to some sections by just hot glueing them in place
|the hedge stash - only another 36 feet to go!
|Now whats that hiding behind the hedgerow?
Altogether took a couple of hours - spread over 3 days - most processes don't take that long - you just need things to fully dry between some of them