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 Posted: Sat Oct 26th, 2019 10:44 pm
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Thanks Larry...will try that.

Worked on a little more of the backdrop. 
Looks like I will now need a bunch of trees for the foreground.


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 Posted: Sat Oct 26th, 2019 10:46 pm
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 Posted: Sat Oct 26th, 2019 11:03 pm
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Wow, You are an background artist for sure.
It's a lot of time consuming tedious work, but well worth the effort. 

For the foreground trees, take a look at artificial Christmas trees.
A very few of them have needles that look very good.
If you cut the branches into various sizes and tapper them, they make nice evergreens.
 
All the evergreens you see on my layout were made from fake Christmas trees.

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Added some dark green. Does help alot.

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Will look at those trees. 
I made all my "bottle brush" trees and they are ok for the background. 

I think I will build a bunch more foreground trees as this one. 
Balsa trunk and sedum branches. 


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Spent some time today making some quick trees to fill in one area. 
I will need a lot more but, that will have to occur over time.


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Amazing what a few trees do for a scene.

This last scene you posted is showing some real depth.
Will you be fleshing out a large part of your layout in this way?

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There are three primary areas that will get this treatment. 
One area will be more rolling hills with deciduous trees. 
The three towns will get backdrops of small town buildings showing depth.


Trees are basic "bottle brush" construction. 
I use 3/8" sisal rope and 18 gauge wire. 
Make a loop of wire, attach loose end in a drill chuck.
 
Place unraveled sisal between wires. 
I have a nail driven into a wood support that I place the loop of wire over,
and run the drill to twist the sisal. 

I cut to shape,
then spray with Scotch 77 spray adhesive,
sprinkle over some fine sawdust and spray again to set. 

I spray paint with Rustoleum Satin Oregano,
and lightly over spray with Hunter Green.

Varying the amount of paint and using different colors,
provides variations in color that make them look natural. 


Next couple of posts show steps.


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Trimmed and covered with sawdust...

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