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Joined: Tue Jan 24th, 2006
Location: Warba, Minnesota USA
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Here is Ricks Clinic.......its a good one.......Enjoy!!

The system I use is the very simple Malcolm Furlow approach, which is a balsa trunk, Caspia branches and green ground foam from WS. 


 I taper a 1/2" balsa stick about 2 ft. long (O scale) to a fairly fine tip using my dremel disk sander.  I then hand sand to a smooth shape and use either a stiff barbeque wire brush to apply a grain.  If I want a redwood tree, I use either a hacksaw blade or Sawzall blade to really put the deep grain in it. 

I stain the trunk with alcohol/India ink and maybe a thin wash of brown acrylic paint. 

Then, I spray a clump of caspia earth brown.   I use a pushpin to poke holes in the trunk starting at the top.

Then cut off the branches of caspia at different sizes.

As I move down the trunk gluing in branches, I go from small branches at the top (sticking straight up or diagonally) and increase the size as I move down the tree trunk and continue to increase the angle of the branches downward as I glue them in. 

When I am nearly 1/3 to 1/2 of the way down the trunk I stick in some oddball stick like branches at odd angles (deadwood). 

When the branches are in, I spray a small section of branches at a time with hairspray or clear fixative of some sort and immediately drop the foam onto the branches.  I repeat until it looks full enough.  Then, continue on until the branches are covered. 

Once it looks OK, I give it a final over spray to make sure the foam is stuck on well.  Not very exciting or innovative, but it works for me. 


I'd say it will work for anybody Rick because your tree's look Fabulous!!!!

Thanks for sharing this How to with us!! :)


OK folks thats it. Hope you enjoyed this Clinic and we look forward to bringing you more great Clinics from Great Modelers like Rick in the future..........until then


Last edited on Fri Apr 21st, 2006 11:47 pm by


Joined: Tue Jan 31st, 2006
Location: North Tonawanda, New York USA
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That's for sure excellent and needs to go in the library IMHO !!!


Joined: Sat Mar 18th, 2006
Location: Kansas USA
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wow! what great looking tree' is sure nice of modeler's to take the time to do these clinic's.i for one appreciate them very much.great job! perhaps someone can give a clinic on installing a simple bridge such as an atlas ho scale bridge.for me that would be very interesting and informative.terry......

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Great tree article. !!!

Do anyone know's if Rick ever posted anymore photos of his bookshelf layout on Freerails or anywhere else.

Ronnie D.:cb:

Herb Kephart

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I think that it is great that some of these excellent older posts are getting bumped up.


W C Greene

Joined: Fri May 4th, 2007
Location: Royse City, Texas USA
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I agree! Those are some dadgum great trees, very realistic. Glad to see this thread back, we need to look at older stuff, there's gold in them there hills.


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Hi Guys :wave:

What EXELLENT trees !!

Great tree growing step-by-step.

Now them damn loggers are gonna cut 'em down !

" T I M B E R ! ! "



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