Uh... Noobie with a Tree Tutorial?

Discussion in 'The Academy' started by Gary S., Jan 6, 2006.

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  1. Zman

    Zman Member

    WOW! That's some good old Yankee ingenuity, to be sure.

    Since you asked for suggestions on preserving the wood, I would recommend a polyurethane finish - the kind that is used to coat furniture after the stain has been applied. You can find it at any hardware store.

    The advantage to making trees out of real twigs is that they LOOK real.

    I applaud your dedication to the hobby. Can we see pics of the trees in your layout when they are done?
  2. doctorwayne

    doctorwayne Active Member

    I agree: great tutorial and great looking trees. Gary, why don't you drop by sometime soon? Bring the family. And your tools. I've got about an eighty square foot area that needs a forest, although, in all honesty, your trees look too good to hide in the middle of the woods. Great job.

  3. Gary S.

    Gary S. Senior Member

    Is there any possibility at all that maybe, just maybe, I have risen out of the depths of noobie-dom here at The Gauge? Pretty please?

    Wayne, I will be in Maine this summer, maybe I will stop by your place on the way.

    Zman, I think I will try your suggestion of the polyurethane on my next batch. I will see if they make a flat finish or a satin finish instead of gloss. Also, I am just into the benchwork portion of my layout, so it will be awhile before the trees get planted. But when they do, I'll definitely post pictures.
  4. Drew1125

    Drew1125 Active Member

    Great tutorial, Gary! Excellent work on those trees!
    :thumb: :cool: :cool: :thumb:
    I wasn't aware that you could get black poly fiber...I've been spay-painting mine black for a few years now...Who makes the black stuff? Is it Woodland Scenics, or another brand?
    Thanks for sharing all the great tips! :thumb:
  5. ausien

    ausien Active Member

    Help mods, delete this post please........I BOO BOOED...steve
  6. ausien

    ausien Active Member

    Gary, noobie-dom, you have sue passed to expert-ville, in the tree line anyway. but you`ll still a probationary, unitll we see pictures of the show though.:D :D :D ..steve:thumb: :thumb:
  7. Gary S.

    Gary S. Senior Member

    Here is the website for one source of black poly-fiber. My LHS sells "Sunlit" brand. One package costs $2.99 and will do approximately 70 HO scale trees. The website sells 6 packages for 15 bucks or thereabouts.mb


    I think Woodland Scenics only makes the green stuff. If I talk to the WS guys at the show tomorrow, I will tell them that the black looks better.
  8. Gary S.

    Gary S. Senior Member

    Darn. I can't get anything past you. Yeah, yeah, the camera battery is charged.
  9. NCMRailroad

    NCMRailroad Member

    Thanks a bunch...

    Thank you for replying to my "Tree" issue. The illustrations and instructions you provided are of great detail and therefore offers a solution to my problem on how to create deciduous trees by scratch. Gonna giv'er a shot... Thanks again!:thumb: :thumb: :)
  10. Biased turkey

    Biased turkey Active Member

    Thanks a lot Gary S. for that excellent, first class, well detailed tutorial.
    You make Woodland Scenics look like an "Amateur"
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    MasonJar It's not rocket surgery

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