I was up at my dad's over the last few days. He's a bit poorly but took the
time to show me around his new layout and in particular the trees he's just
been making. Anyway his technique is new to me and the results looked
superb so I thought I'd share it ... apologies if it's old hat.
In essence he uses the stalks from bunches of grapes to form the trunk and
branches of the tree. Dries them first to make them hard then chops of the
little knobbly bits on the end of the stalk and lo and behold there you go,
all ready for flok or covering of your choice.
They looked really good, could see the very fine grain in the stalk I'm
going to have a bash with them myself over the next few weeks, for anyone
who hasn't tried using them, give it a go.
Strange you should mention this Chris ......... we were at Butterley
on Thursday and we were talking to a couple about our sons layout. He
said he was in the process of building a 'N' layout and was listing
all the things he was using like pan cleaners for hedges and grape
stalks for trees. He said they worked a treat.
A problem with grape stalks is that a few years later they will be very
Whether that's a problem or not is how long you think your layout will
My layouts seem to remain for a decade or more.
That brings to mind a recipie I read in a Railroad Modeller from
somewhere in the early 1960s. I can't remember all the ingredients, but
the concept was to absorb the vaseline into methylated spirits/medical
spirits plus something else and then soak the trunks in it to preserve
them and their flexibility.