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My first try at gum trees made from sedum flowers, thanks to Rod Hutchinson for supplying me with some from Melbourne
Not finished yet but progressing

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Hi Dennis,
Looking good. :thumb: Have Rod H or Dan Pickard stepped you through the process Dan uses yet?

I hope I'm not stealing your thunder, but for your inspiration, here are some of Dan's from his "Diggers Bend Mining" layout


and some of mine that were in progress for my Corrimal layout. I've varied Dan's process slightly as I require a forest of less detailed trees. Raw material on right, canopies sprayed on the left


trunks painted


and with gum bleeds, ready for planting


I suppose I'd better post some of this stuff to the Corrimal thread as well... It has been neglected of late

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first go at canopy

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Hi John,
I tried to find Dan's Thread but it just gave me an error. Rod kindly sent me some sedums up as I couldn't find them up here, and I used his step thru.
I've seen Dan's work before and that's what enspired me, so this is my first go
Dennis

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Hi Dennis,
Very nice :2t: - What scale are you planning to use them with?

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Hi Dennis, Rod
I found Dan's Diggers Bend at http://www.freerails.com/view_topic.php?id=2935&forum_id=4&page=1 Trees at Page 1, forest starts on Page 4

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Hi all,

My tree modelling notes maybe dowloaded as a PDF at

https://www.dropbox.com/s/svhwbgrgn3f1esy/ModellingEucalyptusTrees_HutchinsonR_2010.pdf

For quick and dirty eucalyptus trees I tend to cluster 3 sedums together.

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I model in On30 John, just started layout, first module of 3 U shape
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Hi Dennis
If you want to build a "real" big one
http://www.freerails.com/view_topic.php?id=3741&forum_id=8&page=3
from Dan's Splitters Gorge thread, and there is a photo also of Dan's trees in progress

and just found Dan's gum tree clinic "Home among the Gumtrees" at http://www.freerails.com/view_topic.php?id=3623&forum_id=9&jump_to=40359#p40359
Caution: long download.

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Last spring I bought three, one gallon size pots of Sedum "Autumn Joy" flowers. They did really well and I got about 25 good stems from them in the fall. The flowers are coming back up and at last count it looks like I will have 50 plus stems this year. They are out-growing the original pots and it will be necessary to find larger flower pots for next year.

This is one from last year as it looked when I bought it.

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Hi Bill,
I tried various nurseies around my area with no luck I ended up buying four online, but they ars tubes, so I don't know how long it will take them to grow. Anyway what Rod has kindly sent me will do for a start.
Dennis

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I live in San Antonio, TX and found mine at a nursery about 2 miles away. This is a good flower for my area so they are sort of popular.

They like full sun.

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Hi gents,
Always happy to see some other modellers having a crack at doing some gum trees. Since there are so many varieties of gums around, its always good to see other interpretation that could be used again in the future.

For those that were looking for my previous clinic notes to download, that file has been removed. I have recently re-written those notes with a few more details, and changed the format of them a little, so they are now designed for better screen viewing as a landscape page (or still print them out).

I had the clinic notes available for free for quite some time, but since there has been continued interest in the technique, and I have been presenting how-to clinics at exhibitions, I have produced the clinic to now be available on a CD for purchase. The clinic is around 35 pages of detailed notes and photos, and the CD also has a number of photo albums of my projects that feature the gum trees in scenes after being constructed. The CD's are normally available as part of my display when I attend model railway exhibitions here locally in Australia, but some will be available shortly online (via that usual online shopping place)...or just PM me for details.

Cheers,
Dan Pickard

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I suppose I could add some ideas to the thread as well...











Cheers,
Dan Pickard

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Dan,

Anything that the wood from those trees is particularly good for?

They seem very prolific -- at least on Oz model railroads.

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Herb,

The tall trees Dan has moddeled are Mountain Ash (Eucalyptus Regnans). The are fine grain hardwood used for building houses & furniture.

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Thanks, Rod-

We have Mountain Ash here also, there is a color called "Mountain Ash Scarlet". I don't know if it refers to the leaf color or blossoms.

Edit- This from Wikipedia-
" Sorbus americana (syn. Pyrus americana) is commonly known as the American Mountain-ash.[3] It is a deciduous perennial tree, native to eastern North America.[2]"
Blossoms white, berries red. Wood white,close grained, weak.


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Rod is correct when he says the Mountain Ash is hard wood. The older part of our house frame was made in 1979 of hardwood. It is so hard you cannot I repeat cannot drive a nail into it as it stands today. If I want to put in a screw to hold something to the wall I have to drill a hole almost the same size as the screw or it will not even look at it lubricated our not.It's that hard. It was used for a very long time in construction because of it's strength.
Rod.

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A lot of gum ain't much good as construction stuff, with the hardwood gear being the exception. Often find it used for a few more smaller decorative things (some of the timber colours are quite beautiful), but I believe one of the main uses of gum trees was fuel, especially red gum. I understand a heap of gums were grown somewhere in the US with the intention of using them for railroad ties, but the trees didn't exactly grow straight enough to be useful!

Aside from the wood, the oil from the leaves is also harvested, and the koalas like to dine on them :)

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Well, if it's approved by the kolas, that's a good enough recommendation for me. (but not hungry right now).


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Hi all,
Aussie eucalypt hardwoods came in several species apart from the mountain ash. Red Gum and Ironbark were used extensively for sleepers (ties) in the east of Australia. Jarrah was used for the same thing in Western Australia.

Turpentine was used extensively for pier or jetty construction. Its oil content made it marine borer resistant. A lot of the wharves in Sydney harbour, and I suspect a lot of other Aussie harbours are still sitting on their original turpentine piles that are well over 100 years old.

River gum was used for the hulls paddle-steamers that worked the inland Murray/Darling river systems. A lot of these steam boats were fuelled with Aussie hardwood as well.

That ought to do for a start...


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