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how do u make realistic trees with the woodland sceneic tree trunks
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 Posted: Thu Feb 21st, 2013 02:10 am
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Hello  All,

         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.
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 Posted: Thu Feb 21st, 2013 02:34 am
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Howdy Chris. Look at the scenery forum, there are some great ideas there...I'll bet you will find some info about using the WS trees.

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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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 Posted: Sat Feb 23rd, 2013 02:13 am
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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.

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i would throw away the plastic trunks and get some dried weeds for trunks.

Also, don't make the mistake of having the trunks be brown. Trees are rarely brown. They are usually grey.

Woodland tree kits are cute, but most trees are much bigger than their trees.



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 Posted: Sat Mar 9th, 2013 02:23 am
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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.

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Hi Chris

Here's a thread on how I made some use of the WS plastic tree frames...

http://freerails.com/view_topic.php?id=1881&forum_id=9



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 Posted: Sun Mar 10th, 2013 08:13 pm
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Thanks for the info Phil, your tree looks really realistic. where do you get the sea moss?

Chris

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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



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