Fred’s model railroad tree

Fred’s a man of few words, but his pics speak for him.

There are lots of tree ‘how to’ posts on the site, but this one really is spectacular.

“Hi I must say some cracking tips of late ….love them ..

Thought this might be of interest to some my take on a wire tree


model railroad tree from wire

model railroad tree from wire

model railroad tree from wire

A huge thanks to Fred for sharing these pics.

It just goes to show (again) that you should never throw anything out, and with a bit of thought and creativity, you can get stunning results.

Course, I’m biased, but there are lots of good posts like the in Beginner’s Guide.

And what’s more, you’ll have the warm and fuzzy feeling of directly supporting the site.

Next, Dangerous Dave has been in touch again:

“Hi Al, just posted this video, its answering a few who ask what board is best for a baseboard for a layout, and also show the problems we can get from heat and then cold conditions on a loft layout, so tried to give a view of what I think is the best to use…

Could not resist at the end showing my Koi enjoying there Treat… Hope it can be enjoyed by the members, not Model Rail, but seems a lot of us have this as a 2nd Hobby.



Latest ebay cheat sheet is here.

That’s all for today, folks.

Please do keep ’em coming.



20 Responses to Fred’s model railroad tree

  1. chris Daws says:

    Very interesting tree, the wire part I’m with, got lots of aluminium wire lying around, but what do you apply over it, plaster filler? White glue with powder or saw dust? I’m sure many others are interested to know.

  2. Hemi says:

    OK that wire tree has me hooked……….. NOW I gotta ask, the tree itself is what type of wire? (Gauge) and whats the “white” stuff that is being used as “bark”????

    AMAZING work no-less!!!!! I got some that I need to build, that has no “leaves” as I want some of these type tree’s to be for a “Christmas Tree” display that will have a BIG Christmas Tree in the middle of it and the train goes around the bottom, I got the whole thing made and well I got PLENTY of Evergreen type tree’s but very few Deciduous trees to just have a light coat of “snow” (white paint and silver EXTRA FINE Glitter) on the tops of the branches, BUT, I need more of them SO that said I need to know how to make them like is seen right here!!!!! That would be a GREAT tree for what I have planned I just got to know whats all used!!!!

    Fred, PLEASE see if Al will allow you to contact me directly, OR Al pass Fred’s e-mail to me and I’ll see if He & I can speak on how he does this!!!!

  3. Brian Rockey says:

    Great video as always Dave! I’m struggling to get into the loft to work on the OO Gauge layout as its either too hot in summer or too cold in the winter. Can’t persuade the Finance Manager to invest in insulation and roof windows!!!
    Very impressed with carp feeding. Reminds me of my trip out to see Great Whites in South Africa and the boat skipper patted one on the nose – yes, really!!!!!
    Keep them coming Dave.

  4. Tony Cooper says:

    Hi Dave, I notice some signs of weathering on the rake of wagons at the start of the running clip. Is this something new for you, are you doing it yourself or were they bought in that state? Another tutorial coming up? Best wishes from the Land of Song
    Tony, Cardiff

  5. NJ Mark says:

    What a great tree. How long did it take to make it?

  6. Ashley Herbert says:

    Dave’s how to’s are excellent as he has tried several methods and explains the problems of each.
    I have a smaller layout and used Sundeala board. It has many advantages, but there are a couple of things to be aware of.Gluing anything to it can be a problem as the top layer can peel off. I had an elevated section that rested on glued pillars. It needed only a slight knock to tip them over with the top layer of Sundeala; you need to use screws to attach all but the lightest things to the board.
    I know Dave is frequently remodelling sections of his layout. If you use Sundeala removing anything you have glued also takes off the top layer leaving an untidy surface.

  7. NJ Mark says:

    Dave, Love the koi pond and the garden. With the trains and outdoor stuff you must be quite busy. Cheers! NJ Mark

  8. June says:

    dangerous Dave, it’s always a pleasure to watch you at work. That garden is as well planned as your trains. Love them both. The Koi grow to the size container they are in. They have become very fine examples much like the ones I saw in Hawaii.

  9. Keith Miller says:

    Well done Al – two nice and useful ‘how to’ items. Fred’s tree is stunning. I hope he will show us more detail about each stage. Also – how tall is the finished tree?

    I always enjoy Dave’s videos – so useful and helpful. I guess Sundeala is inherently quieter and soft enough to pin into without pre- drilling. However it is a ridiculous price: One merchant told me the high price is because it is used in schools for pin boards! Anyway – another comment here pointed out that the top layer easily separates, so it is not ideal.
    I wonder how easy it is to remove the track when held down with Copydex. Dave always makes light of these problems, and he never lets a little thing like that stop him tearing into a refurbishment! (Which he seems to do quite a lot!). Dave; do you sacrifice the track when you make a change, and just put down new, or can you get the track to come away from the cork cleanly, so you can re-use it?
    Thanks for sending your videos – always a pleasure to watch, and nice to see such massive Koi taking food from your hand.
    Dustyk UK

  10. Robert Brady says:

    Need more info on the tree,great tree mined you . we need instructions to go along with the photos. looks realistic.

  11. Robert Brady says:

    Yes Dave u’ve dunnit again Bravo!

  12. steve joyce says:

    In the states use homasote if you can find it. Nails push in. I need one of those nail holder /pusher tools Dave uses. Have to find one

  13. Warren Ferguson says:

    Fred, the tree is beautiful work, but could you provide some info on what you used to create the bark, and maybe some of the other steps in making it?

    Dave, another great video! I never tire of seeing what you’re doing. And I’m very impressed with your Koi pond. Your Babies are really tuned in to you. Love it!
    Warren, AL, USA

  14. dave says:

    Nice tree looks a lot like the Japanese Bonsai ones !!

  15. Wow, nice! Looks like a bonsai tree. More details on the bark and foliage would be helpful.

  16. Now if I could just find some n-scale (live) Koi…. that would be the topper

  17. Dave says:

    Worthy Bonsai standard !

    Tony – Cardiff – Dave (returning pensioner!) Bridgend – would you accept an acolyte collecting TT and, if so could Alistair put us in touch ?

  18. Carl in Kansas says:

    The tree in picture 3 looks ideal – the top of it totally dead.

    Carl in Kansas

  19. Ian McDonald says:

    great looking tree will give it a go you made look easy. the video is great always learning and enjoy the trains. thanks for sharing.

  20. Raymond in Connecticut says:

    Fred’s trees couldn’t be more life-like; splendid work! Thanks Al for the postings!

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