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Long Valley Gamer Supporting Member of TMP07 May 2018 7:49 a.m. PST

Interested in making horsehair trees. Where is that available. Thanks

Roderick Robertson Fezian07 May 2018 8:23 a.m. PST

I'd ask my neighbor… but his horses aren't rubberized, which is what you want.

Try something like this: link

JimDuncanUK07 May 2018 8:24 a.m. PST

Upholstery dealers.

Random Die Roll Supporting Member of TMP07 May 2018 8:24 a.m. PST

Easy google--2 words Horse Hair
Amazon
Etsy
Alibaba

JimDuncanUK07 May 2018 8:24 a.m. PST

Have seen it on eBay as well.

wrgmr107 May 2018 9:07 a.m. PST

On a model railroad forum I found that one chap was using basket liners for shrubs and hedges. He pulls them apart somewhat paints then glues flocking. Making the branches stiff. Maybe give this a try. Any garden shop will have them.

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Timmo uk07 May 2018 9:21 a.m. PST

Very difficult to get the real thing anymore. Most of what is sold as Rubberised Horsehair is in fact rubberised coconut fibre. Rubberised horsehair is generally straight fibres while the coconut fibre is sort of round 'swirls'. You can still make trees and hedges with it.

Depending on where you are in the world you need to find an supplier to the classic car market it's used for padding seats.

If you are in the UK Woolies, nr Stamford stock the coconut fibre version. It comes in 6' x 3' sheets for about £35.00 GBP or at least it was when I bought it. Various wargames suppliers have small pieces for sale, often at an astonishing mark-up…

Personal logo Flashman14 Supporting Member of TMP07 May 2018 9:24 a.m. PST

In the US, popping Horse Hair into the Amazon search is useless. Adding "rubberized" or "upholstery" also turns up bupkis.

Personal logo Doctor X Supporting Member of TMP07 May 2018 9:29 a.m. PST

Found mine on eBay from a UK seller.

brucka07 May 2018 10:00 a.m. PST

I got a ton of it on OnlineFabric Store

Mister Tibbles07 May 2018 10:21 a.m. PST

I was going to say from a horse….

I'd look into Scale Scenics. They have excellent sagebrush trees very inexpensive and realistic. Just a thought as an alternative.

Cornelius Supporting Member of TMP07 May 2018 11:27 a.m. PST

Got mine out of an old armchair (1960s but classic) I was scrapping.

Long Valley Gamer Supporting Member of TMP07 May 2018 1:29 p.m. PST

Thanks guys…appreciate the info

Cacique Caribe07 May 2018 5:17 p.m. PST

Elmer Fudd says you have to be "wewy wewy quiet" when you sneak up to grab that horse hair.

Dan

zoneofcontrol Inactive Member07 May 2018 6:20 p.m. PST

Horse Hair is used on Stringed Instrument Bows (Violin, Violas. etc.). You could try your local music shop or a repair facility. Just be careful. You usually have an option for synthetic (not very porous) or actual (very porous) hair. Synthetic is cheaper but string players prefer the actual hair because it holds rosin better.

Not sure what exactly you need it for but you can purchase synthetic steel wool and synthetic sanding pads in the paint department of anyone that sells DIY home painting materials. Just look with the sanding/paint stripping stuff. The steel wool works for trees and bushes while the sanding pads are good for hedges and bocage.

Long Valley Gamer Supporting Member of TMP07 May 2018 7:20 p.m. PST

Good tip ZOC…thanks

skinkmasterreturns08 May 2018 3:07 a.m. PST

I use the coconut fiber which is sold as basket liners at Lowes for around $3. USD It works well and takes watered PVA without any trouble.

Striker08 May 2018 4:57 p.m. PST

I got 4 garbage bags full from ripping apart a failing sofa.

zoneofcontrol Inactive Member08 May 2018 7:30 p.m. PST

"I got 4 garbage bags full from ripping apart a failing sofa."

And that my friends is why we cannot ever have anything nice. I shudder to think what may have happened to dear old, ailing Aunt Mildred.

Lost Wolf12 May 2018 8:25 p.m. PST

I've met a railroad hobbyist who used inexpensive A/C filters

Cacique Caribe06 Aug 2018 1:07 a.m. PST

Is this the stuff you're looking for?

link

Dan

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