Need help on making N scale pine trees

Discussion in 'Photos & Videos' started by jawatkins, Sep 7, 2003.

  1. jawatkins

    jawatkins Member

    I know that there is probably a thread somewhere but I would like to learn to make great pine trees for N scale from scratch.

    Would any of you fine people happen to have some pictures of doing this? Pictures always seem to help me when I'm trying to figure something out. Or can you tell me some of the things that you've done to get nice pine trees? Perhaps there's a thread hidden somewhere that somebody remembers.

    Anyway, if anybody would know, I'm sure it's the group on this forum.

    Thanks in advance
  2. Tyson Rayles

    Tyson Rayles Active Member

    Rory Glasgow is our resident Texas pine tree expert. Drop him a PM and he can lead you to his thread on how to make em'. ;)
  3. spitfire

    spitfire Active Member

    Hi Judy
    I've never made them myself but if you follow this link there's a good tutorial on how to make them, complete with pictures for every step.

    Hope this helps
  4. sumpter250

    sumpter250 multiscale modelbuilder

    brought forward the "pine tree" thread I did in scratchin & bashin. Maybe it will help.
  5. jawatkins

    jawatkins Member

    Muchas Gracias

    I'll check them out. I'm going to be doing a diorama to go on a shelf over the beer well at the restaurant and want to put some neat pine trees on it.

    You rock!
  6. spitfire

    spitfire Active Member

    Over the beer well you say? Hmm, Preiser makes some Oktoberfest figures that might look good under those trees once you get them made.:D :D :D :D

  7. SD70BNSF

    SD70BNSF Member

    Pine Trees

    It just so happens that I got to learn to make some Pine trees at the Mississippi Valley N Scalers club meeting yesterday. I saw the president taking pictures, but I don't see them yet on the website. But here is what we did:

    1) Bamboo skewers (kabob?) stained with a brownish stain to give it a truck look.

    2) Take a furnace filter, in this case they got them at Walmart. They were blue with a loosely woven plastic thread. Not very dense. The filter was cut into circles. From about 1-1/4" to 3/4" in diameter.

    3) You pull apart the filter to give it more "height", or loosen them up more.

    4) Stick them 3 or 4 circles on the skewers until you get the right tree height.

    5) Stick them in a styrofoam "board" and take'm out side and spray paint them green.

    6) Used a little Woodland Scenics material to sprinkle on them and then a little more spray paint to make sure they stick.

    It was an interesting method to learn.
  8. sumpter250

    sumpter250 multiscale modelbuilder

    The Tree Lady, uses this furnace filter + bamboo skewer/toothpick technique for making the trees she sells. It produces a good looking tree, and is one of the quicker methods, especially for smaller scales.
  9. jawatkins

    jawatkins Member

    Well, with any luck I should be starting on this project this week-end, if time permits. But I might try to make some trees using the furnace filter method this week. I've got plenty of bamboo skewers at home.

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