Questions, questions....

Discussion in 'Scratchin' & Bashin'' started by Xaniel, Nov 10, 2002.

  1. Xaniel

    Xaniel Member

    ok guys here I am to get your mind trouled with new questions....

    First, I want to thank for your comments and help. They've been very helpful.

    Second, tehres another think troubling me now...

    Trees.. How can I make trees... I've looking at shamus site and it has a way, some portuguese sites have other way.

    What is the easier and best way to do some trees? HELP!!!! :D

    thanks again for everything!!!
  2. roryglasgow

    roryglasgow Active Member

    Now that's a question that has plagued me for years... There are lots of ways to make trees--almost as many ways as there are modellers out there making them. Some methods are only appropriate for certain kinds of trees, and results vary depending on the technique.

    I got fortunate this past January when I happened on a patch of iron weed in a vacant lot. The weeds were dried out, and the ends of the stems were covered in "exploded" seed pods. With a little paint and some ground foam (for leaves) they made really nice trees. I've been on the lookout for more of these plants, but so far have not found any...

    I do have a technique for making pine trees that look somewhat like the loblolly, short leaf and long leaf pines that we have here in East Texas. Here are the steps:

    1. Taper a dowel stick to a point.
    2. Rough up the surface with a sawblade or file to give it a "bark" texture.
    3. Paint the dowel a bark color and highlight it with India ink diluted with rubbing alcohol.
    4. Drill holes in clusters down the length of the dowel.
    5. Glue branches of preserved caspia (not the dried stuff, it's too brittle) into the holes. Click here for a picture of some caspia. You can find this stuff in craft stores and flower shops.
    6. Cover the branches on Woodland Scenics foliage (the colored polyfiber covered in ground foam).

    I do these in assembly-line fashion. It seems to speed up the process, and the results are pretty good. I use a mini drill bit that I mount in a hobby knife handle to drill the holes. There are miniature screwdriver-type drills that would be easier to use, though. I think those can be purchased from Micro-Mark (assuming they don't charge an arm and a leg to ship to Portugal).

    One word of warning: preserved caspia STINKS!! I keep it wrapped in newspaper and tucked away in the closet. When I need some, I break off a few bits at a time. The amount that I use on the trees isn't enough to create any noticeable smells...

    Attached is a picture of a couple of my pine trees. My layout is N-scale, BTW...

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  3. roryglasgow

    roryglasgow Active Member

    Here is a small section of forest that includes both pine trees and the trees that I made with the iron weed.

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  4. davidstrains

    davidstrains Active Member


    There is a good post back in the Tech Forum on the 3rd page by "msh" about a variety of tree making techniques and materials. Tyson also answered a bost somewhere about using Poly fiber to make a forest overnight. i haven't found that yet but if I can spot it I'll post the page.:)

    Found it. See the thread in N/Z forum on "tree-gluing problem. Several very good suggestions there - including a look at the "Tyson forest in a minute" (my words not his). But it seems like such an easy way to forest a layout.:)
  5. Tyson Rayles

    Tyson Rayles Active Member

    Luis the thread of mine David is refering to is called Eastern style forests and steep ridges and is on page 5 of this forum. Rory that layout of yours is really looking good! :)
  6. Vic

    Vic Active Member

    Very nice looking trees Rory:) ....but where were you when I bought some Caspia a couple of years ago? Thought there was a dead animal in the attic until I finally figured it out!!!:eek: :D :D :D
  7. t. alexander

    t. alexander Member

    Rory, that scene looks great. I REALLY like that bridge:cool:

  8. Drew Toner

    Drew Toner Member

    Making Trees


    And the method I used was putting a bunch, say 16-20, pieces of 'tag wire' together, wrapping it with florists tape...

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  9. Drew Toner

    Drew Toner Member

    Making Trees

    Painting the entire armature brown, and then adding Woodland scenics foilage. Sprinkle on a bit of ground foam if desired, and spray with matte.


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  10. davidstrains

    davidstrains Active Member

    What a neat idea, Drew. I am going to try that one also.

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