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 Posted: Sun Jul 12th, 2015 06:26 am
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Sean W
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Hey guys,

I'm working on a project that I will reveal to you all soon, very soon!

For this project, I need to model one of the MOST common plants here in the south west,
the Larrea Tridentata aka "creosote bush".

If you have ever driven in the desert in the southwest, you surely have seen this plant.
It literally covers everything.

It can be very small, or very HUGE, like the size of a small house.

I was really hoping for some ideas of how to replicate this plant in HO scale.
I need to make a LOT of them...


Here is the plant:










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I think I'd use fine copper wire. 
You can twist 2, 3 or 4 strands together for the base,
and then branch off part way up. 

Cover the twisted area with a clay or filler for the trunk.
Bunch a number of them together in a clump,
and put them in a base of clay or balsa foam.

Paint the branch assembly with an appropriate color. 

Then use some scenic leaves or ground foam for the foliage. 
Hairspray the branch tips and sprinkle on the green stuff.

Gonna' take some time though,
but there's no fast way if you want them to look right.




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Yea, that's kinda the process I had in mind too...

Realllyyy didn't want to do it that way haha!

I need lots and lots lol, like at least 50...


To add to your suggestions...
 
After assembling the skeleton with wire,
I was thinking about dipping everything in candle wax a couple times,
to give it some thickness and rigidity.
 
Then paint and add greenery.


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You can try my methods using polyfiber and faux fur:


Make bushes with polyfiber and faux fur










Just use less foam.


Thank you if you visit.

Harold


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Harold's way may also work. 

Get an old (or new) furnace filter and cut off a chunk. 
Then pull and stretch it, to get the shape and branch thinness you want. 
Add the leaves, etc. next.

This will make up a bunch in no time, and might just look OK.

The problem with candle wax,
is that paint will not stick to it,
and if it gets too hot it will re-melt.




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 Posted: Fri Jul 17th, 2015 02:20 am
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Well I made a few the way Dave suggested.

I think they turned out pretty good!















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 Posted: Fri Jul 17th, 2015 04:42 pm
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Sean, that is good, very good. 

Maybe using a more leaf like material on the branches would look better. 

But in HO scale the difference might not be visible.

Good job!




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I made a total of 9 so far haha.

Even doing just 9 is making me loose my mind haha.

The most tedious thing I've ever done lol


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Add a couple of grass-fibers before foliage.







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 Posted: Sat Jul 18th, 2015 11:17 pm
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Yes, try that. 

Martin knows what he is talking about.






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