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 Posted: Sun Mar 10th, 2013 02:05 pm
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That's it really, just try to get a bit of variation in the trunk colour, I used a selection of rattle cans, fro speed, and because that's what I had on hand, but washes and/or drybrushing will work too.

Sea moss is marketed under various names, eg Forest in a Flash in the UK, and I think Supertrees in the USA. You can grow your own, which would make it very cheap!

And like Woodie says, have fun!!!



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I think it came out great. Nice job!



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 Posted: Sun Mar 10th, 2013 08:16 pm
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Thanks  for  the  info  woody,  I  will  give  that a  try.    time  my  old  airbrush  got some use  again  been  in  the  box  way  to  long.

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Nice job!  Beats the heck out of the ordinary WS tree ... wouldn't even know it started as one of their armatures. :thumb:



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 Posted: Sun Mar 10th, 2013 08:20 pm
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Thanks  Phil,

             You  can  grow your  own?   will  need  to0  look  into  that.  I  am  thinking  of  checking  into  our  two  craft  stores to  see  if  they  have  sea moss.  I  think  your  tree  looks  brilliant,  and  am  looking  foreword   to  trying  it  on  my  own.  and  like  yourself  I  am  wanting  to  turn  several  into  spacific  spicies,  such  as  birch,  maple,  etc.  Thank  You  again  Sir  for the  info  I  greatly  appreciate it.
       
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found the moss at the local craf store. it's basically miniature lychin. which I know gets very brittle when it dries out. does the paint make it stronger? I know lychin gets so brittle after it dries out that just touching it causes it to turn to dust. and I would be afraid that trying to clean the trees from dust and cobwebs even with the keyboard vaccuum the moss would disitergrate like the lychin once it was dried out unless the paint makes it hard and a bit stronger?

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A solution of glycerine has been used in past model RR magazine articles to keep lichen from drying out.

Hang on, think there's a book which says - and is out of a box on a shelf.

while I'm off looking, lichen topic brings to mind this from news a couple days ago,
Usually, Tardigrades are 1 millimetre (0.039 in) long when they are fully grown. They are short and plump with 4 pairs of legs, each with 4-8 claws also known as "disks." The animals are prevalent in moss and lichen and, when collected, may be viewed under a very low-power microscope, making them accessible to the student or amateur scientist as well as the professional.[6][7]http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tardigrade



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Ah, here we go, page 65, (c) 1991 How to build Realistic Model Railroad Scenery, Dave Frary, pub. Kalmbach Books.
Basic Lichen Preservation Solution 3 gallons water 1 gallon commercial grade glycerin (buy the cheapest commercial grade glycerin you can find; it will still be expensive)
He dyes and preserves at the same time, heating water, glycerin, dye solution to almost boiling is required. Then stuff pot with lichen and simmer for 5 minutes.



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Good info Kitbash(?), I will make a not of that recipe.

Chris, I have yet to harvest my first crop of Seamoss, I will report back with results when I do so! The commercially bought stuff is a little fragile, but the glue and paint do seem to lend it some strength.

I look forward to seeing your trees!



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 Posted: Mon Mar 11th, 2013 09:34 pm
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That tree came out fine mate. Well done.

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