by: Rick Cooper [ ]
Once again, PlusModel has introduced another product that diorama modelers have been after for a while. This time they have packaged short tufts of grass and tufts of reed which are now available in separate sets. The idea is not entirely new as products of this type have been around for a few years but the availability has always been somewhat problematic.
The product that we get from PlusModel is simple to use; I used the blunt end of a set of tweezers to 'push' the tuft off of the backing paper. Once off of the paper I could simply place the tuft down onto a spot of white glue and viola instant tufts. The reeds worked the same way, I drilled out a small hole, really more or less just a bit of an indent, plugged it in and was ready to go.
I was using them in a small diorama I threw together to practice working with foam bases that seemed like it would work well. The diorama was a bit on the 'green' side and the dry, brown, tufts seemed out of place so I worked a bit of oil paint into them to add some green color. The oils worked great, as I assume other mediums would as well, to change the color or tone of the tufts or reeds if they don't exactly fit into the foliage you are planning for your work.
I like them, they are incredible easy to work with, they take paint well, and they appear to be pretty sturdy. You get a good number, 49 of the dry tufts of grass, and 18 of the dry reeds and at under 10 bucks itís a pretty good deal.