I'm not impressed with the regular tree making kits from Woodland. At
lease the few I've tried. Are there kits out there that have better
quality trees, or perhaps instructions on how to make quality trees?
One of the things I would like to see are trees with leaves.
Thanks for any information.
The first step in modelling trees is the same as for modelling locos or
whatever - study the prototype - take lots of photos - choose the one
you want to model and then decide on the best technique(s) to recreate
it in model form. A generic tree is like a generic locomotive, it won't
satisfy a serious modeller for long.
There are products available (not necessarily kits) that will produce
excellent trees with a little work. The best I've found in the way of
tree armatures are Scenic Express' Super Trees. Once simply treated
and painted, they can be flocked with ground foam to produce very
realistic-looking HO or N scale trees. The product isn't exactly dirt
cheap but each package makes several dozen (hundreds in their larger
box) of individual trees...while the leftovers make outstanding
bushes. It's a shame picture posts aren't allowed but I think you can
find an example of them on my layout by going to:
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The best tree armatures and branches I've found have been in my own yard.
They're the roots from the helicopter tree (silver maple, I think) and
make quite good dead/dormant trees. It's a bit of a trick to put foilage
on them, though.
Steve, it's to a local coal dealer's facility. The very low angle of
the original photo is a bit misleading in revealing the true nature of
the terrain. If you look carefully, you'll see evidence of a short
bridge just ahead of the locomotive and a rather more obvious one
infront of the hopper. In fact, there's a road there below the grade
of the trackage. A view set at 90-degrees from the original shot (seen
below) shows a totally different situation that might be expected from
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These trees will mold up unless you have a VERY dry train room. They
look good for a month, then either are moldly or crumble.
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I can't speak for your experience but in my trainroom, which isn't
particularly dry, the Super Trees have lasted pefectly. The images I
posted are of the these trees after four years of being in place on
the layout. I've never experience any crumbling or mold.
You guys must have the patients of Job. :) I want to model an operating
*railroad*, as far as switching and such, but as for scenery I just plan to
lay out some grass, add some buildings and Lionel operating accessories,
etc. I'll just buy pre-made trees when I get to that point. But not the
styrofoam tunnels... I'll have to figure out how to make something better.
Maybe one of the Woodland Scenics kits.
Just out of curiosity, were you into modeling things before you were into
trains, or did the modeling come with the interest in trains?
It's theory rather than actual practice - my layouts have gone from bits
of unrecognisable stuff from the garden hedge to bought trees to
assorted soldered wire armatures, Woodland scenics, Faller ready made
One day all the old ones will be gone and the perfect ones will be there
in their place ;-)
Over my 50 years in the hobby I've had periods where operation came
first, then loco building, wagon building, electronic controllers,
signalling, computer control, mechanisims after I bought a lathe ...
It's an extremely varied hobby and there's always something new to do,
Trains were always there for as far back as I can remember, but I had a
spell in model aircraft (lost so many that it no longer seemed worth
while), then motorcycles, cars, girls, bands ... My wife say's I'm one
track minded - whichever track I'm on at the given moment.
I thought the landscape and buildings looked more northeastern than
Kentuckian, so I looked and looked for gelatinous smears until I figured
out you'd dropped the "s", and it was sky, not KY.
There is a link near the top of Bill Carl's tree planting page that
will take you to the tree making clinic:
Bill's Railroad Empire
N Scale Model Railroad: