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 Posted: Thu Nov 10th, 2011 12:50 pm
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Hi I'm Jim just joined you happy modelers. I'm producing some trees using twisted wire and "no more gaps" painted with water based artist paint (the wife is the artist for my trees), I do the foliage installation, etc. Now can anyone tell me the best foliage material to us as I need heaps and although I like "Heki 1676" it is to costly, and I'm looking for a fiber or cotton type of material on which to sprinkle my leaves. The amount I need is large so after I have done a few sample test runs using a dye, etc, it will be full on.
Hope someone can give me a heads up.:doh:



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 Posted: Thu Nov 10th, 2011 04:45 pm
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Go to Dan Pickard's blog here: http://danpickard.blogspot.com/ and his entry for Oct. 10.   You'll see, in red, at the top of the photo "A guide to building iconic Aussie gum trees".   This is a PDF; click it and you'll get his download from the NMRA show.

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 Posted: Thu Nov 10th, 2011 10:20 pm
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To hami747,

You can use the fibre material for your trees.  Go to the Micro Mark site and get some black fibre.  Stretch it thinly and sprinkle on your favourite scatter.

Scatter brand is a matter of choice.  Some look like leaves but they are generally to course.  Try and find any brand whose colours match the tree you prefer. 

You can download my clinic notes to see how to use the fibre material.

My clinic notes are available for download at:

http://dl.dropbox.com/u/3608142/ModellingEucalyptusTrees_HutchinsonR_2010.pdf
PS:  Dan Pickard and I are NMRA colleagues and frequently discuss tree making techniques.



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 Posted: Fri Nov 11th, 2011 02:57 am
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Thanks guys, what they said...:)

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 Posted: Fri Nov 11th, 2011 08:29 am
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Thanks everyone for your help I have just spent heaps of time looking and learning at Micro Marks. I appreciate the time and quick response the members came to my aid.
I'll have a go at the black fiber, thank you for that but would like to find something local. - Australian. I now have my wife interested in doing brass etching for me also after I had a good look around Marks founding the etching kit.:2t: YES So just asked nicely if she would give it a go, YES she said straight away Wooohhhoo, I can see my new wheel guards, truck steeps, fly guard for the windscreen and more getting done now for my Australian HO Cab Prime Mover. Its only been two years or is that three years, on the molding table, anyway its about 80 percent done, I'll get finished next year. Again thanks for the help guys - Every days a school day   :glad:



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Hi there thanks for the help Dan.
I am awaiting Fiber from Micro Marks and have now started producing trees most without foliage. Now I have added a hardener to the "No More Gaps" this has taken the flexibility out of the tree, yet you can still move the branches without them breaking or cracking. Another thing I have done is added a colour to the mix this saves heaps of painting.
I now produce my own leaves with colour, I still would like to produce my own fiber produce and are looking at animal hair such as Alpaca or Rabbit - fur/ hair as a net binder to which I will bind the leaves. So if any one has any ideas please let me know
I have about 60 trees awaiting foliage and plans for several hundred more.
I did ask a company in China to supply me with the net but they produce trees but won't sell me the net required.

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Hami747

Try "Spotlight" stores for the fibre. They have it in white, but you could spray it with the colour of your choice. I had no luck trying to dye it.

The stuff they sell is used for making quilts and such like.

While you are there it is worth a look in their craft section. Lots of things.

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