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Noch Alternative

Best NOCH Alternative

NOCH was founded more than a century ago in Glauchau, Saxony as a plumbing business. But it didn’t take long for them to recalibrate their machinery to produce model train tracks and other accessories. Today, they are owned and run by the same family that founded the company, although they’ve moved further south to Wangen im Allgäu near Germany’s southern border with Austria.

When it comes to modelling, NOCH do a lot of things right and have been at the forefront of several innovations related to model train accessories. One notable achievement was the development some years ago of a device for electrostatic grassing: the Gras-Master. The Gras-Master is now in its 3rd iteration.

But although the Gras-Master has helped many a model railway enthusiast enhance the believability of their landscape, it is not the best tool on the market for producing realistic grass effects. That distinction goes to WWScenics and their Pro Grass Layering System.

About WWScenics

WWScenics, or WWS for short, is a UK company that manufactures and supplies high-quality modelling products and accessories to every sector of the modelling world. The company was started by friends Martyn Rees and Mark Jutsum and quickly became a viable enterprise. In the past 8 years, the company has grown by leaps and bounds and is now recognised throughout the modelling universe as a reliable producer of high-quality accessories who also happen to offer world-class customer service and competitive prices.

In short order, WWScenics came up with their Pro Grass Static Grass Applicator and in equally short order it rose to become the #1 selling grass applicator in the UK. Many critics have hailed it as the best device of its kind for creating realistic grass effects, and it’s easy to see why.

The WWS Static Grass Layering System of which the Pro Grass Applicator is an essential part, sets the bar for quality, reliability, and ease of use. With it, the only limit to what you can produce is your imagination. Urban parks, rolling hillside meadows, manicured lawns and even areas that have suffered from recent brush fires can all be recreated to a high degree of accuracy and believability using the WWS Static Grass Layering System. Believable grass is the kind of thing that separates a world-class model railroad from one that’s just ‘pretty good’. And the affordability of Pro Grass is just the icing on the cake.


NOCH have a well-deserved reputation for creating quality modelling accessories and they are to be given credit for continually attempting to push the art of model grass production forward. However, if you’re looking for a way to take your model railroad to the next level, you’ll need more than what NOCH have to offer. You’ll need the WWScenics Static Grass Layering System and their Pro Grass Applicator. It is without a doubt the best NOCH alternative on the market. Click here for more information about all of our Pro Grass Applicators and their unique features.

Frequently asked questions


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If you cannot find an answer to your question in our FAQ, you can always contact us and we will be with you shortly.

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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If you are still having issues, please email and we will do our best to assist you.

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:

Our New Shop will be open to the public from Monday January 30th 2023

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Saturday: 10am - 2pm
Sunday: Closed

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