A tree is...........(pines)

Discussion in 'Scratchin' & Bashin'' started by sumpter250, Dec 9, 2002.

  1. sumpter250

    sumpter250 multiscale modelbuilder

    I have to work up the ambition to do a full grown O scale pine, but maybe some young ones, about 20 scale feet tall.......
    Starting with a package of three Faller HO pines.

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  2. sumpter250

    sumpter250 multiscale modelbuilder

    These are a little too uniform, and "perfect", so the "little naturalizer" in front, will be used to adjust their appearance.

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  3. sumpter250

    sumpter250 multiscale modelbuilder

    If I were modeling these as HO scale trees, I would cut a lot more out, but because they are younger,O scale trees I only remove enough to give them a little character.

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  4. sumpter250

    sumpter250 multiscale modelbuilder

    They each get one application of sifted coarse turf, and an overspray of Glosscote. When that dries, they will be ready for planting on the diorama.

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  5. davidstrains

    davidstrains Active Member

    Pete, It is a real joy watching you put on your "dog and pony show". You make it look so easy, which is a great motivator.

    Got to go build some trees.:) :)
  6. Tyson Rayles

    Tyson Rayles Active Member

    Hmmmm, n-scale redwoods! :D Nice work Pete!
  7. marty w.

    marty w. Member

    Great know-how on tree making. I hope this group did not take 5 hours to do.:eek: :eek: :eek:
    Nice work.:D :D :D :D
  8. sumpter250

    sumpter250 multiscale modelbuilder

    Modelbuilding is just like walking, know what steps to take, and take them one at a time.

    Did I say pines?!, Redwoods, yeah, that's the ticket!:D :D :D

    Marty w,
    Nope, only took 30-40 min's.
  9. sumpter250

    sumpter250 multiscale modelbuilder

  10. jawatkins

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  11. spitfire

    spitfire Active Member

    Very nice looking trees Pete. Maybe the attached pic will help you work up the nerve to tackle some full-grown pines.
    As you point out, the trees as they come out of the box are far too regular for anything but a well-groomed front lawn. Roughing them up like you did does wonders.
    But I'm always amazed that so many modellers try to duplicate this perfect look, when most pines out in the bush have far fewer branches. Jack Pines for example have virtually no branches for the first 3/4 of the trunk's height, making for a lot less work when scratchbuilding!!!!


    PS - if you have Paul's CD he goes into a pretty cool tree-making tutorial.

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  12. sumpter250

    sumpter250 multiscale modelbuilder

    Nice tree! I have done several very similar to that. The technique I use can take a lot of time. A tree like the one in your pic would probably take about an hour. I have one HO tree that took 8 hours to branch and foliate.

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