This is a pre-made 7”X11” (17.78cmX27.94cm) landscape mat from Model Scene, complete with grass, grass clumps, weeds and rocks.
This is an interesting product that can be used as a stand-alone base for figures and vehicles, or can be cut and sectioned like other ‘grassland’ type materials.
The “Late Summer” grass mat comes with yellow/green grass of varying heights from low to large tufts. Interspersed are various low, shrub like bushes and weeds. There are various sized rocks indicating a dry creek bed type geography.
The review item “Late Summer, Medium Calc Stones” is one of about twenty two grass mats offered by Model Scene. There are three versions of the ’Late Summer’ with small, medium (reviewed here) and large stones.
‘Early Summer’ which hosts the deeper green of grass that hasn’t yet been dried out by the sun and again, offered with different stone sizes.
I particularly like the ’Steppe’ mat with its low green turf interspersed with low lavender flowering bushes.
Whether you use this mat ‘as is’ and create a 7”X11” base to set your models on, or if you ‘customize’ a diorama base with sections of these turf mats, you are going to have a nice looking display with realistic ground work.
If you consider the cost of all the individual groundwork products that you would need to create this from scratch (static grass, tufts, shrubs etc.) the overall cost of these mats is not overly expensive.
Highs: Very high quality materials that look very good right out of the box. The person who just can’t get their groundwork to look right will appreciate this product. Lows: The person who likes to create their own unique groundwork will probably prefer to start with a blank base, add static grass, add tufts, add shrubs and rocks.Verdict: If you don’t have the time or inclination to build your groundwork up from the base, this will make your diorama building life a lot easier. These mats look good even without any figures or vehicles on them!
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About Charles Reading (CReading) FROM: CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES
I live in the mountains north of Santa Cruz California. I have been building now since the early 1990's when I rediscovered modeling. Most of my kits are built with dioramas in mind. I took a "creative block" hiatis for a couple years - 2011 to 2013. I wasn't active in the modeling world. During tha...