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Bachmann Alternative

Best Bachmann Alternative

Bachmann has been around for nearly 200 years and has always been known for producing quality products at a decent price. Their commitment to quality has helped to make them the world’s largest distributor of ready-to-run locomotives and train sets, as well as a major distributor of track and accessories.

But as much as Bachmann are lauded for the quality of their locomotives and track, if you’re looking to them for help creating realistic grass effects for your landscape all you’ll find are a few grass mats and some individual tufts. So, what do you do if you want to ramp up the realism of your landscape grass? Are there any alternatives to Bachmann? Fortunately, yes.


WWScenics started as a hobby for friends Martyn Rees and Mark Jutsum but soon grew into a thriving business. Over the years that business has grown and their product line has expanded. Today they are one of the most recognisable names in railroad modelling, with every imaginable type of accessory that will ensure your railway landscape attracts the requisite gasps of awe and delight from any friends and family you decide to show it off to.

One particular area where WWScenics excel is in the production of static grass. Their Pro Grass Applicators are the best in the business and customers have responded by making WWS static grass the best selling static grass in the UK.

Numerous professional critics have hailed the WWScenics Static Grass Layering System as the best in the world and it’s easy to see why. With it, you can create pretty much any kind of grass effect you need including well-ordered golf course fairways, grassy hillsides and even a scorched grass effect. There’s no doubt that if you’re after a heightened sense of realism in your model landscape, your first choice for grass effects should be the WWS Static Grass Layering System. Nothing else currently on the market can hold a candle to it.


NOCH is another company that’s been around more than a century and are known for producing model railway accessories. Unlike Bachmann, they have lavished quite a bit of attention over the years on the challenge of creating realistic grass effects with their Gras-Master grassing device now in its 3rd generation. While the NOCH Gras-Master system provides enthusiasts with something more than what they can get from Bachmann, it’s still not the best alternative. That distinction belongs to WWScenics and the Pro Grass Layering System.


Bachmann produce high-quality locomotives and ready-to-run train sets. That said, they tend to drop the ball when it comes to realistic grass effects. While NOCH offer a slightly better option than Bachmann’s simple grass sheets, the best alternative to Bachmann is WWScenics. Their Pro Grass Layering System is second to none, and will endow your model railroad with a sense of realism that can’t be beat. To learn more about each WWS Pro Grass Applicator and their unique features, click here.

Frequently asked questions


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If you email us at straight away after placing the order, we might be able to change or cancel your order. Once your order has been processed however it is not possible to change or cancel it.

Login into your WWScenics account and go to Orders, then click on View your latest order. At the bottom of the page, you will see Tracking Information with the Provider, Tracking number and Date. Click on the Track button in order to track your order on the provider’s website.

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Answer...Unfortunately, we do not sell different sized sieve heads for the Micro Applicator. Only the Pro Grand Applicator comes with three different sized sieve heads.

Here are some key things for you to check when applying static grass using our applicator:

  • Use a powerful brand-new battery (PP3 9V battery).
  • Do not fill the hopper with too much grass, as the grass needs to have space to move.
  • Only apply a smear of basing glue on the required area and make sure to apply the basing grass before it dries. Room temperature can affect this.
  • Do not apply too much basing grass to the area. If you cover the basing glue with too much grass it will not stand but go flat.
  • Once you have applied the basing grass and cannot see the basing glue anymore, add some layering spray before applying the layering grass.
  • Make sure the crocodile clip is near the applicator's head when applying the grass. You do not need to put a nail or screw into your model.
  • Here is a video showing how to use the applicator:

Unfortunately, we do not have any stockists in Europe or North America. All our products are sold online and shipped from the UK.

We would recommend using our D-Baller which has been specifically designed to get rid of static grass balls. Here is a video showing how to use this useful tool:

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