Can Anyone tell me how to make realistic trees with the woodland scenic tree trunks and foliage packs? I know they show to use hobby tack and then just clump the foliage on but I do not think this looks good at all. I tried placing the mesh on the branches coating with glue and then adding foliage over the mesh. only problem the trees looked like giant green mushrooms, with way too thick of a foliage top. and the mesh had to be pulled back off and tossed. which as exspensive as both are it's a huge waste. How do u make realistic looking trees with this stuff? abny advice would be greatly appreciated.
An excellence modeler, and friend, who used to post here showed me how to make the foliage.
His secret was to pull the mesh to stretch it. Stretch it a lot. Then go back and stretch it some more. Then apply some sticky stuff--hairspray, what ever--and dust on the ground up Woodlands Scenic material of an appropriate color.
Then you will realize that the WS trunks look terrible, and start making your own. Use the clump stuff for bushes.
A fellow named Steve Pettit had a three part Utube video on making trees, but it is no longer on the web--a shame, because it was excellent--but there is a lot of very good how-to posts here.
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Thanks for the replies sounds like it might be a good idea to start thinking of just doing a desert layout and forget about trying to model any tress. I just can't see how to make realistic looking ones and premade are just too expensive but I appreciate the info.
I have tried to paint a few trunks in light to medium greys to be honest I don't think they look very accurate. I did find taking my mini needle nose pliers and bending and twisting every branch on my woodland scenic tree trunks did make them look a lot like many trees in the woods next to our house. I have seen on a video and in one of the model railroaders an friend gave me about using roots to model trees. I'm just not sure we have any hedges or shrubs around our huse I could find roots to do this with? most of the trees in our yard are either oak, crab apple, or birch so I'm sure they would not have roots suitable to do this with. And the only shrubs in the yard are holy bushes. But I would like to see how these root trees would come out.
try rope what ever dia you like and coat with glue let dry then brush on thined spackle let dry and sand or scrape or leave as is and paint washes for trunk stick wire branches or twigs and ground up stuff on for leaves try one to see if it will work. cheap any way