New Portal and tree planting

Discussion in 'Photos & Videos' started by Lightbender, Feb 4, 2004.

  1. Lightbender

    Lightbender Member

    I made a couple of portals over the weekend from bamboo skewers because I needed something anything. A little more paint and they could be keepers;

    I also made some ground foam, spread it around and did a little more tree planting;



    Luckily Shaywen showed up with her camera and took some great shots. The layout doesn't look anywhere near as good as her photographs.
  2. Ray Marinaccio

    Ray Marinaccio Active Member

    The layout and photos look great. good job :thumb:
  3. jon-monon

    jon-monon Active Member

    :thumb: :thumb: :thumb: GREAT :thumb: :thumb: :thumb:

    How are you making your trees and how did you get the sunrise in the shot?
  4. shamus

    shamus Registered Member

    Hi Tony,
    I like the tunnel portals very much, you did a great job on those. Nice photo's also.
  5. Arlaghan

    Arlaghan Member

    That looks pretty good to me! :thumb:
  6. jwmurrayjr

    jwmurrayjr Member


    Very nice!

    Would those skewers make good telegraph poles?

    Thanks for the look at your work,
  7. DanishKnight

    DanishKnight Member

    Great modeling Tony! The trees are beautiful!
    :thumb: :thumb:
    (There would be more thumbs up, but I only have two hands!)
  8. Lightbender

    Lightbender Member

    Gee thanks guys, I savour your comments with gratitude and inspiration.

    The trees are made from the old flower/fruit heads of the Hardhack plant. These plants shed their leaves in October leaving the great looking tree like heads.
    Hardhack website This page shows what the plant looks like during the year as well as October.
    I started with a bag of cut heads that Shaywen had brought me and picked off the remaining leaves and then airbrushed with acrylic green.
    then painted the stems brown.
    I then taped some together and added more paint until they look right. Shaywen took some painted heads and made pine trees by gluing a bunch into a drilled wooden trunk.

    The skewers are about 2.9mm dia. Atlas telephone poles are 2.6mm and my Rix ones which look best are under 2.5mm. I guess they would make better transmission than telephone poles. They are a buck something for a big package at the local chinese store.

    The Sun is actually a 150 watt flood lamp that Shaywen expertly included in the shot. She claims that it's serendipity but I think she's hiding her skill behind big words.
  9. TomPM

    TomPM Another Fried Egg Fan

    Great looking layout and trees!:thumb: :thumb: :thumb:
  10. spitfire

    spitfire Active Member

    Wow wow wow!!!! Great idea using skewers - I bet they could be used for a lot of things, like log cabins as well.

    I really like the steepness of the hill in the third shot - it's very dramatic, and that shot into the sun is just great!!!

  11. rdavies

    rdavies New Member

    New portal

    Wonderful trees. What's the Great Western Prairie tank doing so far from home?
  12. Lightbender

    Lightbender Member

    Hello rdavies,

    Gee thanks, I hope you're inspired to seek some Hardhack and try making a couple.

    I have never modelled God's Wonderful Railway but I need to have a recognisable locomotive around for emotional reasons. The collection of geared loggers and Am. Std. 4-4-0 steam that run on the Otters railway are tons of fun but I can't relate them to anything I've ever seen.

    Sadly she has oversize flanges and very long legs which restricts her access to much of the layout.
  13. ezdays

    ezdays Out AZ way


    Impressive trees. I'm pleased that you told us where to find hardhack, but is there any chance that us desert dwellers would find it at Wal-Mart or Craftmart?
  14. Lightbender

    Lightbender Member

    Hello Don,

    Although it's quite pretty in bloom I think it is considered a weed as it seems quite prolific. I think there are quite strict rules about sending vegetation across borders so I hesitate to send you a bunch. I hope there are some modellers in Washingtom state or Oregon that could mail you a bag.

    You probably won't find it being sold anywhere, I doubt that it would have much consumer appeal other than when the purple blooms are out and we don't want it until they have turned brown. This gives you until October to find a friendly Wet Coaster.
  15. Matthyro

    Matthyro Will always be re-membered

    Great looking layout Tony. The tree density makes it look like a real forest.
    Thanks for the tree info.
    Will have to try some.

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