|Joined: ||Thu Aug 21st, 2008|
|Location: ||Colorado USA|
|Re: painting the tree: Funny you mention that. The tree on the right just happens to be Pullman Green. After I had flocked it, I was looking at it thinking the color wasn't right, and was like, "You know, I bet I can airbrush a color on that." Sure enough. I discovered the effect you were mentioning in doing that. Based on how you hold the tree parts of it won't be painted. I was thinking on my next tree I'd try an artificial highlight or shadow (or both)?
Re: fragility: I think it has a bit of the "bed of nails" effect, in that with a bunch of branches all clustered together they seem fairly resilient however each branch individually can be a bit fragile. The caspia itself has some variation in this as well, which I suspect is related to how dried out the plant is. Some branches are slightly more "green" (in the water sense, not color) and are thicker. I have to use a #60 drill bit in order to be able to attach them. Other branches are anorexic and I can get away with a #70 or smaller bit. Those latter ones are much more fragile. For G scale I suspect you would favor the larger branches and probably have less fragile trees than I might in a smaller scale.
One problem that I think you'll face however is that the caspia comes in long but narrow branches. For the scale I'm working with that's not a problem as I trim them down already, but in a larger scale they might be too narrow to look conniving. If nothing else you could give a go at creating just one tree. The caspia is about $6 a bundle at Michael's and you just need some balsa for the size you're after (3/8" square?) which would be inexpensive.