Every time I took a closer look at my scenes, one thing always bothered me – how unrealistic my trees look!
All the trees that are currently installed in Wrightsville Port are off the shelf products – I spent different amount of money when I bought them, but overall they never live up to the standard of the rest of the scenes.
When I look at off the shelf ‘fine scale’ or ‘craftsman’ trees, I always find the price to be prohibitive.
While searching for ways to make better looking scale trees I experimented quite a bit and found this one way that doesn’t burn your pocket and when done right, can give you some incredible trees for the foreground of your model. I thought it’s worth sharing the method here. Believe it or not, these trees are meant for N Scale! Though they will do pretty good for HO too.
Here are the broad steps:
1. Take commonly available plastic armatures and bend them to suit the shape of the tree (I used Sycamore, Beech, Hickory etc.)
2. Attach small seafoam twigs to the branches using super glue.
3. You get the basic structure.
4. Paint them using spray paint and airbrush.
5. You get the bare tree in the colour you need.
6. You add suitable foliage and leaves.
7. You get some awesome trees!
I have documented the process in detailed, but quick to watch videos – you can find the process to make autumn trees in this video:
Hope this is helpful for your subscribers.
A big thanks to Kaustav for his pics and narrative. He’s pretty much kit bashing trees, which is something I never would have thought of in a million years. But that’s what I love about the blog – you lot make it what it is.
And by the way, if you missed Kaustav’s stunning layout, it’s here.
That’s all for today folks.
Please do keep ’em coming. Or if you just want to take the plunge and start your layout, the Beginner’s Guide is here.