Jun 13, 2008
Interesting conifer technique. The texture is quite good, but they look a little... topless.
I agree, they should be more pointed. But easy to correct, just clip to shape with scissors, and add more 'leaves' if neccessary.
I will be doing a bit of tree surgery on them soon.
I have done a bit of snipping to give the trees a better shape, then added a little more foliage to the bare bits. I think they look better now.
Looking better. I think the ones on the left in the first shot look best - a little irregular, as natural trees are.
Thanks for spurring me into altering the trees, they do look better now.
[FONT=verdana, arial]I use cardboard mock-ups to determine shape and size of structures before actually making them.
Above is the mock-up for the freight shed and loading platform. This will be adjusted slightly for the actual model.
A structure I have reused from my previous British layout is the locomotive maintenance depot. This has been shortened to fit the space. Lots of detail needed here.
Several questions- What size is your layout space? Are the models HO, or OO? Will the catenary be live? Are there any web sites about the prototype, which we could explore?
Layout size is approx 10 feet x 8 feet. Here is an overall view from the doorway.
European models are HO, not OO, within my experience.
The models are HO scale (only the UK has OO) Catenary will not be live, power will be collected through the rails, using DCC for control.
Here are a couple of website links:
This one has a clickable map. Click on the route between any two places and a detailed route for that section shows all the stations. Click on a station to see pictures of it. May favourite site!
This site has some superb 360 deg. panoramic photographs. Just click on Towns, then choose one to see the panoramic view.
You can, of course, take a look at my fotopic page for Slovenia last year.
His previous layout, UK prototype, was in OO.
That's the difference between the UK and continental Europe.
Great job on the layout so far. Sorry i'm a little late at telling you. On those pine trees, looks like you used brass wire which is a little pricey. I was wondering if regular florist wire would work? It's around .030 thick and very flexable.
Hi Andy, yes, I did use brass wire as I had plenty in stock. I get it quite cheap anyway. But florist's wire would be best, this is what Paul used.
Trees look great Alan, yes i used florist wire for my trees as well.
great guy's, Thanks!!
I will try a batch real soon and let you know how they come out.
Good luck Andy.
With this method I like the way you can represent different trees. As stated in Paul's article, the density of the tree can be varied by winding loosely or tightly, also depending on how you lay out the strands of string. I like ones where some daylight can show through.
Also depending on how the string is clipped to shape and which type of foliage used they can represent different types of trees, not just conifers, I guess.
I await your results.
One of our club members on the LK&R Ry. uses Bar-B-Q skewers and furnace filter to make evergreen trees. The furnace filter is cut in irregular circle shapes and the skewer stick used as the trunk. Several colours of rattle can paint and Woodland Scenics ground foam in matching colour are then applied to the furnace filter.
The tree is painted with the rattle can and while the paint is wet the ground foam is added. Hair spray from a can is then applied to seal things.
The trees can be kind of seen on each side of the bush with the pink flowers.
Great looking trees on your layout. Found this photo showing four of the trees made with skewers and furnace filter.
those trees are very fragile ?
Wolfgang, the trees are actually very strong!