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 Posted: Wed Oct 19th, 2011 11:40 pm
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Hi all,
A certain moderator:wave: must have spotted me lurking around the forum again, and gave me a nudge about maybe posting some pics and info about some gum trees I've been modelling lately. Being an Aussie modeller, I can't get any more back to my roots than really having a go at modelling some of our iconic trees.

We recently had the Australasian NMRA Convention here in Melbourne, and I was there to present a couple of clinics on how I do these trees.

Also a couple of pics of how they have progressed.
Here's some of the initial builds...


A couple of the trees on one of my diorama's, which is a fairly close prototype build of a former small goods shed on a local former narrow gauge line...



And presenting the clinic at the Convention...



Cheers,
Dan Pickard

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 Posted: Thu Oct 20th, 2011 01:16 am
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Great how to Dan!

Thanks for posting--



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 Posted: Thu Oct 20th, 2011 09:01 am
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Hi Dan

I am having trouble down loading your "HOW TO " I end up with a solid black screen

But the early shots actually do look like gum trees, and that's a big plus.

Don




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 Posted: Thu Oct 20th, 2011 12:00 pm
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Dan, great tutorial only thing I would ask if you could perhaps spray out a few color chips for us so we can see what we are shooting for? Pat



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 Posted: Thu Oct 20th, 2011 12:42 pm
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Thanks Herb.

Don,
The file may take a little while to download (10.41MB). Link worked ok when I just checked it (will give you a black/grey screen as the download starts. Let me know if you still have troubles and I'll email you a copy.

Pat,
I was going to put in a few colour samples, but I tend to not stick to a strict formular (I gather you were refering to the foliage variations). I just add the yellow, and then the red to a visual liking. Some batches definately turn out more lighter or browner than others, but that all just contributes nicely to the overall colour variation.

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Dan Pickard

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 Posted: Thu Oct 20th, 2011 12:53 pm
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Wonderful modelling and a great tutorial, many thanks Dan! I want to have a go, maybe a small Aussie diorama...

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 Posted: Thu Oct 20th, 2011 01:43 pm
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Very nice article, Dan, and extremely detailed. Thanks much. The methods could even work with trees here in the US so the clinic becomes cross-cultural in that regard.

It is a largish file, taking about 30 seconds to open on my computer. The screen did remain black (a norm for some files) until I rolled the scroll knob (also normal).

Again, thanks much. I'll take time to read the clinic notes in full when I'm away from work; maybe during my lunch break.



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 Posted: Mon Oct 24th, 2011 09:53 pm
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Dan-I agree with everybody else, your trees are....TREES! Quite realistic and the techniques can be used for other types.
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