Posted by: bgtwindad | April 25, 2011

Trees!

  by BGTwinDad
, a photo by BGTwinDad on Flickr.

This weekend, the Twins (well, mostly TwinBoy) and I made some trees for the Wye diorama that I’ve been putting together.

I’m not sure if I’ve posted about this diorama yet. It’s a small (10″ deep x 24″ wide) diorama that is the tail of a wye that crosses a creek and a road. I’ve been using it to practice scenery techniques for the main layout, and also as part of a “party” on nscale.net.

We used the Woodland Scenics Forest Canopy starter kit, fall colors edition. It is – like most of their starter kits – a mixed bag. The natural plant sprigs that are included to make the trees work OK, but they are very brittle, mashed flat and very flat-topped.

They look pretty natural from down low, like the photo above, or as true canopy (shot from above, say), but need considerable work to get to look like a real tree because all of the foliage is in a narrow band (vertically) at the top of the sprig.

Still, particularly for a low shot that doesn’t show the whole tree, they work well, and the smaller pieces make convincing bushes.The use of actual natural plant material, dried, makes for a pretty good bark look to the stalks, which is good.

The instructions show how smaller sprigs can be glued to the larger ones to fill out the tree shape, and sprigs can even be taped together using florists wrap as well – though obviously one would need to paint or texture to recover the natural trunk appearance.

What do you think?  Do they look nice?

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Responses

  1. Great looking dio Twindad!

    Corey

  2. I pick my own sedum. That’s what the stuff in the WS kit is. I mix them in with crepe myrtle stems when the fall trimming time comes along. Brittle sedum? You betcha, which is why I prefer to pick my own. If you get any that are too far gone, simply go out and find some (if they grow in your area). Your scenery looks fine. Keep up the good work. Fall is a tough time to model well; I know, I model it as well.


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