Model Layouts Scenery

Here’s a new twist on trees.

Happily surfing yesterday, I stumbled upon a great model site.

The scenery was brilliant.

But what really caught my eye was how they built trees.

Here’s how they did it:

Being Highland Perthshire, the one scenic item required in abundance was trees and with the scale of planting required, the wire frame and foliage matting approach was not an option. After much experimentation, we discovered that using teased out polypropylene rope twisted between wire sack ties, bottlebrush fashion, produced tree shapes that held their form well. For coniferous shapes, the strands were given a tapering cut before brushing out. The “trees” were then sprayed thoroughly with dark brown aerosol automotive paint and drenched with “Woodland Scenics Coarse Turf” whilst the paint was still wet. Some four hundred trees were made in this way and the autumn tints were applied using red, yellow and orange aerosol paint.

Have a look at their site (it has a lots more pictures too) It’s pretty impressive.

PS – Believe it or not, I was trying to find a US railroad – if anyone can point me in the direction of one to put on the blog, that would be great!

One Response to Model Layouts Scenery

  1. The layout is a reproduction of Ellis Kansas on the Union Pacific circa 1922. The layout is in the railroad museum in Ellis. Not finished yet still have the roundhouse,power house and shop building to finish.
    allof the buildings are scratch build from original blueprints reduced to HO scale by Robert Odlen

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