Make a diorama Static Grass Applicator for under 10 dollars

Make a diorama Static Grass Applicator for under 10 dollars


Hello, and welcome to Dave’s Model Workshop. Today I’m going to show you how to make your own static grass applicator [they] are very very expensive if you buy them online or in a hobby shop check this out That is ridiculous [but] I’m going to show you how to make one for about 10 bucks so first you need [to] get your hands on some tools: a screwdriver, a pair of pliers. you need to get a “elektrisccher Mucken, Fliegen un Wespen Vernicheter” Which in non German language is an electronic bug swat. I picked this up about six bucks on ebay and there’s heaps of them there and you also need [to] get a Small sieve of some kind the finer the weave the better This is a little bit chunky, but this is gonna be a little hopper that we use so this cost about two dollars eighty so yeah, all up about ten bucks and we’re going to be adding this stuff to Dioramas, so this is a “grasswascher XL” such a charming language the german language, so yeah Let’s get Started. Out of it’s packaging. This is what the electronic bug swat looks like what looks like so it takes a couple of batteries in the handle and the top here is all charged for whacking mosquitoes with We’re going to be taking the plastic top off entirely and just working with what’s inside the handle and attaching the hopper to it So let’s start unscrewing Unscrew the handle pretty straightforward. Unscrewing the last screw here and obviously keep your screws we need to put all this back together again Whack the camera there we go and that will reveal the insides so we need to dis-attach the top here and you know break it apart of you can to get to those wires on the inside, so the wires come up and attach on the inner and the outer metal of the [Zapper We’re going to try and keep as much of that wire as we can. So when you get it pulled apart all I’ve done is use the screwdriver to wrench it apart and broken in the process, but when you get it apart you get One one – there’ss going to be two wires There’s going to be be two or three wires there might just be one red wire one green wire or in thi s case. There’s two completing a circuit to that, and then one wire going to this. So basically we’re going to have our two wires Connecting to our hopper and one wire which will go down and connect to our base and that will make the static electricity If there were only two wires you’d basically do the [same] thing one wire to the hopper one wire to the base So I’m going to take those wires off the metal mesh here And that’ll be our next step. The little button that came off the little Push button on the top of it you want to keep that – okay now that I’ve got them off the wire mesh Cut the mesh off as you can see here. I’m going to just Trim the wire And then I’m going to expose a little bit of wire at the end of it that I’ll then be able to solder onto the the hopper, the little sieve. So using some wire cutters. Just really gently cut through the plastic and then Just take the plastic off like that, it leaves little ends to solder on Okay, next step is This wire will going down and attaching to our diorama. So you can just Sneak it [at] the top if you want to [or] my plan is to drill a hole Right through there, so I can feed the wire down and out through the bottom of the handle And I just think a little bit neater and less chance [of] it touching the hopper and short circuiting So I’m just going to go off and drill this. So we now have a hole to feed this wire through. So this wire will go down and we’ll Be touching our diorama base where we’re going to be scattering static grass. Nice and neat. The next step is to attach our hopper. So look this was all I could get that the $2 shop Ideally you want to have a flat base, which you can get in lower and closer to the ground it’s a bit dense in fact it’s a bit deep and Like I said the mesh is just not the finest that it could be it could be a lot finer But I think it’ll work so I’m just going to bend the handle Hopefully not snap it in the process So [that] we can work horizontally and then somehow or other Obviously yours will differ to mine. You want to attach it at the end there and make sure it’s fairly secure So that once you get a handle on Be able to just a sprinkle flock [onto] the surface, so I’m going to have a bit of a play I think I’ll probably cut [it] about here and just try and wrap the wires around those two central Pillars But you know your results will vary. If worst comes to worst, just wrap a shitload of electrical tape around it That’s yeah, and I think you’ll agree with me. It’s not pretty it’s not [high-tech] It’s not rocket science, [but] I think it’ll do the job. I am just going to put some some glue some strong Ca glue in there Just try and attach that metal to the plastic handle a little bit more solidly Hopefully it means when I’m working this thing and trying to get static grass coming out It’s [gonna] stay there and not wobble too much for me You know what it’s not hard to unscrew it and fix it if it does. Now for some fun stuff now If you don’t have a soldering iron, you can just attach the wires crimp them on twisting round And they’ll stay but I’m going to try and solder these things on just to make it a bit more A bit more permanent, so the red wire is getting soldered onto any way you can onto a little Thing the net goodness me Apologies if you can’t see this. I’ll try and move the camera around a little bit So yeah anywhere that’s convenient to solder it on go for it So I’ve soldered the red wire to the mesh the green wire coming out of the bottom [I] extended It was just to spare a bit of yellow wire that I had and I’m going to solder that joint. So that solder is done. It’s not the most beautiful, but I will wrap that up in electrical tape and you will never even notice So now I was saying earlier that the third wire That was originally attached to the bug zapper Needed to be attached to this thing I’ve realized since that’s not going to work So I’m just going to get rid of this third wire. So all we really need [is] the red wire Going to our hopper and the other wire which will go down and touch our diorama base, so this guy [to] be done Sorted All right, all that remains now is to glue it back together, sorry, screw it back together Put a bit of electrical wire around this guy, and then do our test run. all right now the last thing we need to do is to take our nail and our end And wrap it around the nail This nail is going to go into the groundwork of whatever diorama You’re working on and it will send the current into that groundwork. By the way just going to apologize. I’ve got a couple of scabby looking things on my hands which look horrible. I had some little skin cancer things burnt off, the problem of being a Redhead in Australia with a beating sun. So look there it is a machine ready to go now let’s get the diorama base out! Here is our diorama ready to go, so this is my soviet tank Diorama that I’ve been building Please check my YouTube channel to see previous videos on how I built the base work and how I painted those Earth tones So the stuff we need [now] to [make] it all happen PVa Glue Some flocked grass, some static grass and your machine with the batteries in. Splodge some glue on where you want to you can water it down if you really want to Totally up to you, you can also Swish it around with a paintbrush If you’d like to get it a bit more evenly spaced out, it’s probably a good idea so you don’t get a big blob of it somewhere It looks pretty good to me. Use a paint brush that you don’t really care about. Now the magic begins! We’re going to stick our nail in somewhere stick it yeah somewhere incongruous, you don’t want to put it around the middle of your hero paint work If it does stick in, great. If it doesn’t stick in just push it harder. You can aways cover it up I’ll just hammer that in slightly. But you can drill a hole or whatever. Alright, that’s in. so the flock in Some static grass in the hopper and turn that baby on. Then just tap it gently. Alright, so remember to hold down the button! Put some more flocking in there the most important thing here I can’t stress this highly enough is don’t make contact! Don’t let the metal there touch the metal there because that would be bad, you’ll get a shock and you don’t want that. And really, from here on it’s just a matter of playing with it getting as much on as you want to so I’m just going to keep going with that You can see all those bits sticking up when I come a little closer to it. The closer you can get the better, so I actually might move that nail so I can get in closer there Here we go So you can see all the pieces Okay, don’t get in too close! You can see what happens when you do that. There’s metal in that tree there, Mmmm, you get quite a smell when that happens! But yeah, really the closer you can get the better. Here we are here are the results so the glue is still drying, but you can definitely see where these patches have stood upright. Yeah, I think for $10 worth of product that goes into this it’s a pretty good solution, so Feel free to try it out for yourself if you do have any questions, give me a buzz [or] you know contact me email me whatever works for you and Yeah, I hope that this has been a helpful instructing this video [and] like I said, I [just] want to reiterate one more time Please don’t touch those wires because you will get a shock and you know, it’s not going to kill you But it’s not going to be pleasant. So once this is dried I’m going to blow [away] the excess and yeah, take it from there, so thanks very much guys. I hope you enjoyed and See you next time on Dave’s Model Workshop. Cheers, Bye.

62 Replies to “Make a diorama Static Grass Applicator for under 10 dollars”

  1. I'll have to make one. I'm not paying that much for fancy. thanks for this video. what I had to do to make the grass work was just retarded.

  2. Great How-To video…..Dave! Have deleted my expensive grass applicators and have bought a cheap-o version like yours. I already have 1mm/2mm grass will find a fine mesh tea bag handle thingie. My weekend is sorted…..Thanks.

  3. How can i make the grass look pointing to different directions? Using to pins? And. You said important use 2 x wires. What exactly means that? Awesome tutorial really im interested in create this

  4. The German language is very interesting. Funny how Englishers have a Superiority Complex of such hugeness and yet think they are actually superior too. 2nd only (in magnitude) to the Merkins.

  5. Great work mate. Anything that saves me money that I can spend on more models instead is a bloody good idea. Cheers

  6. Dave, check this video out. Costs about $25 or 30 US to make, but the static field seems to be much stronger. Thought you'd like to see it.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8gYmeRaaaL8

  7. Made on of these and it works. I'm thinking of changing the batteries to a single 9 volt because the current flow seems weak to me. Anyone out there done this? What do you think Dave?

  8. Great solution! If i may: do your grass before you do the larger elements, it is much easier to get in tight. Safer too, as you can see.

  9. Question! I still have to build mone but I bought all the materials. I'm a little bit scared buy the "shock" when you touch the nail. What if I cover the head of the nail with something like plastic o putty? So that if I accidentally touch the head of the nail nothing happen?

  10. This was great, love the look of the grass. Going to make one for sure. Good shock demo "don't do that at home"
    Up next: Home Made Flamethrowers……:)

  11. Am I the only one who jumped 3 feet when the strainer touched that tree? HAHAHAHA!!! Great video, by the way! Super neat tip!

  12. Dave. after you use it , does it have enough static charge to make 4-5mm static grass stand up ? I really feel indecisive should i just buy a china applycator, buy a "Static Grass Negative Anion Ion Generator" from ebay , or make it myself follow your guide

  13. This was great. Thanks Dave! Built one and used it inside of a half hour or so. Modified so the second wire was taped to a plate of metal so I could tape waxed paper to it and make static grass tufts. This is fantastic stuff.

  14. Awesome hack/idea man!

    When you hit the tree, I was thinking, imagine some metal in the tank and when you got close, it might arc across and make little "bullet holes" or other charred looking areas like real fire fight!

  15. Thanks… Is easy and cheep.. just to my budget.. jajaja… I still looking for how made the grass… but its a big step…bye.

  16. Dave does it matter what wire goes where as long as one is to the base and one for ground. I have 2 bare wires attaching to 2 screens and one brown wire to a third screen. I was thinking of the brown to the mesh and the 2 bare wires going for ground?

  17. please excuse me for asking: Does the red wire have to attach to the metal or either the green one can do it? Is there a specific green one to be used or throw out? Thanks.

  18. Thanks a lot for this wonderful information. I can't wait to make one. Could any one please tell me if there is a way to make your own static grass. I really don't want to have to buy it.

  19. did u notice how it was a dismal failure?
    thats cos you should be plugging the nail (try a pin) into the glue you have just spread.. u can see the grass is being drawn to the nail itself, as the most conductive thing in the vicinity

  20. Hi Dave, if I don't want to remove the red wire. And I solder both of the red wire on the sieve can it work?

  21. Just ordered the necessary parts now 🙂 TY Huge savings. total cost about $11.00 AUD using ebay, could have done it cheaper at a $1.00 shop but I couldn't wait lol

  22. I love your video! I built one myself, works great. I'm so glad you helped me avoid the ridiculous prices for a static grass applicator.

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