Fellow modeler Denny Turani in one of his blog posts showed how he used a Noch Grass Master to add grass to his layout. The result is great, as you can see here. The Grass Master seems to a be a handy device.
However the prizing is a rip-off! It seems to sell for about $150. With customs and VAT added it would end up at about $190 which is a knocking 145 Euro or 1600 SEK! Why? It is not rocket science. Locally (Sweden) it sells for 1760 SEK or 170 Euro.
I scouted around some on the net and found a similar device at Spectre Hobbies, called the THING. It sells for a mere (in comparison) $65. Has anyone used that one?
This video shows a static grass applicator in action. The video apparently is from Spectre Hobbies, but for some reason it does not show the THING but a home made "thing".
According to this qoutation from someone called "oregonwhitechick" it would be perfectly possible to build your own applicator.
"If you go to the website listed, and do a bit of research, what he's doing is using a type of negative ion generator. Yes ion ray guns and ion generators are REAL, not the stuff of science fiction. Check out stuff by Robert Ianinni, for information on building these. Schematics are included. Title: Build your own laser phaser, ion ray gun and other working space age projects. It's a great book and cheap. Has the info you need on making one of these. It's just differential charge"
But I think I'll pass on that one. I have a thousand other things to do. But I am seriously considering the THING.
Afterthought: Have a look here "Making a static grass applicator". Does not seem that hard.