Martin’s model railroad scenery trees

Got this in, from Martin.

You’ll remember him from one of the earlier ‘how tos’.

Have a look at the trees he’s putting together – impressive stuff.


Remember my modeling scenery out of pink foam in the ‘How To’? Well I got a book for Christmas on making trees. Now I realise that most US railroad modelers seem just to make pine type trees. In the UK we normally use hardwood decideous trees. These are the ones that I have devoted my time to creating since Christmas and in just a few weeks I have found so many different meathods of creating the foliage. I intend to create another ‘how to’ picture series to send you soon. Here are a few pics of my creations & I love the australian modeler’s vids that you keep showing.

Can’t wait to see how they are made! We look forward to your ‘how to’ Martin – until then my ‘ebay cheat sheet‘ will have to do.



64 Responses to Martin’s model railroad scenery trees

  1. david j howarth says:

    Nice job you have made of those Martin

  2. Don Wick says:

    Great stuff! They look more realistic than storebought trees.
    Can hardly wait until he shows us what materials he used to make them.

  3. Nevo says:

    Best looking trees i have seen. Very real looking. Can’t wait to see the how to. Thanks

  4. Carl Adams says:

    Very nice. Perfect timing, I’m in the process of adding a combination of store bought ready made and kit built trees to my 8′ X 5′ layout. As a begining modeler, I’m looking forward to your “how to” post. Thank you for sharing.

  5. TJ says:

    great modeling
    thanks for showing us

  6. Bob de grouch. says:

    They all look fantastic. The how-to will be greatly anticipated. Keep ’em coming guys.

  7. Cheeky Monkey says:

    Very nicely done.

  8. michael says:


    Very impressed with the trees you have displayed,can`t wait for the finial results.

    Mike m.

  9. Michael Brookman says:

    Wow. This is art! Very impressive.

  10. paul mericle says:

    im just beginning to start model [ho] railroading.ive got an idea of what i want to build and what kind of scenes i want.i just dont know the best way to start.what is considered to be the stages of construction?what do others do first when they start to creat a model rr table?thank you for any suggestions.

  11. Rich says:

    Very nice trees, they look great & very realistic.

  12. Pat Taylor says:

    Outstanding job on the trees. Very impressive.

  13. Al Brignac says:

    Very interesting trees for any layout. I’m going to try to recreate for my layout.

  14. Griffin Reynolds says:

    Wow. I’m impressed. Can’t wait to see his assembly methods.

  15. John says:


    Love the techniques here.. the Australian modeller. Although here in Ozz I am described as a pom.


  16. paul Otway says:

    I love your trees. Martin they look so real!

  17. Tom Oliver says:

    Those trees are fantastic Martin. Looking forward to seeing the ‘how to’s’

  18. alan says:

    very nice realistic looking trees hope u share the how to with us

  19. paul starr says:

    Very realistic looking trees,impressive stuff Martin

  20. Dick says:

    Bring on the video &/or related text.

  21. Len Lainsbury says:

    Only one word fits — WOW !
    but must add that the Silver Birch is outstanding.

  22. Glenn Roach says:

    These trees are really good looking for not being the real thing

  23. Austin Wilson says:

    Hi Martin, very well done, thanks for sharing. Over the Chritmas break from the military, I decided to put together my HO scale layout. The table got bigger and bigger. Now four feet all around, thirteen feet long and twelve feet across. I ended up purchasing over 100 tress off E-Bay. A lot cheaper there than my local craft shop. I also ended up getting over 45 buildings also on E-Bay as I could not find anything reference trains in my area. Wish I could have seen this earlier, LOL. Love your trees. Austin.

  24. Tommy Redman says:

    Great lookin trees. I also use the twisted wire technique, spray glue. confetti, more spray glue, more confwetti, then a dash of green spray paint or yellow/orange autmn colors. My model is “O” guage so life’s a little larger. also debris from a cross paper shredder is also good foliage. Tommy R.

  25. Gary says:

    Great looking trees! Hope you do a “how to” with related pictures.

  26. Perry Frazier says:

    Those trees looked great and I need to make some for my newly contructed N gauge LMS Scottish glens and scatered through out the layout.

  27. John says:

    They look great! Thanks for sharing, looking forward to the solution of how you do it. You must have a lot of patiance.

  28. George says:

    What fantastic trees! Very much looking forward to seeing the “How To” instructions.

  29. berjay says:

    Martin, Do you work for the M.R.F.C (The Model Railways Forestery Commision) You must have a very pretigious position with them!!!
    Well I,ll tell you .I,ve never seen such good trees
    Am looking forward to your “how to”
    all the best Bernard

  30. Warren says:

    Remarkable job. When you do your ( how to ) please also let us know the name of the book. Keep up the good work.

  31. Milton White says:

    How long have we waited for this? Great effort Martin. Can’t wait for you devolge your secrets.

  32. Betty says:

    Those trees are just superb. The details are precise and the finished tree looks like a living thing. Well done.

  33. Dave Croley says:

    Can’t wait to get the technical data on ‘how to do’ trees

  34. Dennis says:

    WOW! Those are great trees.

  35. ArchieYarbrough says:

    I’ve got a blank canvass on one of my layouts. I’m looking forward to learning how to make trees like the pictures above!

  36. Stephen says:

    What scale are these trees that are pictured?

  37. Ralph (Eureka, MO USA) says:

    This could be the end of puff-ball trees. What was the tree-making book you got for Christmas? Title, author, publisher? I’m gonna need one. Thanks!

  38. ian thompson says:

    Hey Martin,

    what an artist you are. I am currently doing a coal mine layout but next is going to be an Australian logging layout. The Gum Trees are going to be a challenge as are the “roos” etc. Having lived in the Australian country for some of my younger life and my father being a “pit sawyer” in his younger days (world’s worst job) I now have a rough idea as to what I want. A lot more research into gum trees yet.

  39. Cheryl says:

    Can’t wait to see the ‘how too’ instructions. They are beautiful. Well Done.

  40. chief Lucky says:

    I want everybody to be on alert about buying software on the internet I bought a program called Anyrail,paid 59.00 for it. I bought through PayPal because I though it was guaranteed service. PayPal gave me a phone number which did not work. Its a phone from Holland. Thet also gave me two web sites which did not work.They told me that their hands were tied and subjested that I buy it again. Taking a chance on another 59.00 money is hard to come by these days just to throw out the window. I’m very upset and don’t what to do. I guess just grin and bear it

  41. Tim Jeffrey says:

    Nice job the trees are nice looking

  42. Mike says:

    I just saw the note about Anyrail software. I will check my information for contact. I purchased this software last fall after downloading the “trial” version, and have been satisfied with it. I have seen other programs that looked to have more bells and whistles, but this one has a pretty good bang for the buck. I will comment again in the morning with more info about how to contact them when I find my past activation emai and downloaded manual.

  43. Rob McCrain says:

    Wonderful trees. How about doing a “how to.” I for one would like to be able to make some very realistic looking trees too.

  44. Edd Lees says:

    Hi Martin those trees are fantastic they look like Japanese bonsai trees

  45. Marion says:

    Martin, these trees are absolutely awesome, andd I so look forward to seeing some how-to’s, and/or learning how to obtain the book that was such a wonderful gift to you! I have a collection of various trees just waiting to be placed on a new (first) HO layout, but do want to make more of my own. I have only tried doing the ones that use purchased “Super Trees”, and they are easy and very effective, but am open to others, of course. I am a 78-year old woman, and just beginning, along with my husband, to look forward to many years of modeling!

    Let me just add here that living in the US, I tend to lean toward the beloved mountain pines of my childhood, but I do love to also see plenty of others, as well. We have lovely hardwoods in the north, and here in the south we have lots of pines, as well as the others. Thanks for the pictures, and for future posts!

    Marion in Mississippi

  46. Maurice P. says:

    Very nice trees indeed, and the “how to” will be useful I am sure. Too many pine trees? As I shall be running the Pines Express I expect I shall still need some in places!!

  47. Tim Jeffrey says:

    Really nice job

  48. rick k says:

    Looks and sounds like you should hold on to your technique and start your own business. Just kidding, can’t wait to learn more ’bout them.

  49. Excelent job.The most difficult part is finding shrubry that has realistic looking branching. I have used some diecast starters that you bend the branches to suit your desired result. ? how did you get the roots on the birch tree to look so good ?

  50. Robert Bouskill says:

    These are great looking trees. My railroad suffers from housecats roaming and some of these cats just use their paws like a golf club and turf the trees out like golf balls. They won’t play with toys I bought them but love bouncing the trees all around.

  51. The trees are beautiful and so realistic. Very expensive if you have to buy them commercially. Good work. Joan

  52. Will we see “how to” for the trees Joan

  53. William K. Bowers says:

    This is more for Tommy R. Just getting started with O gauge, father left me a great deal of train accessories. So it will be awhile before I buy anything. Most of the accessories are 1930-1950, like there all metal. Problem, with so much, what do you start with, track, or place everything out and build tract to fit. Laid everything out on platform, so confusing.

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  55. Jorge Morais says:

    I am new on this works. I have made a few trees but
    I really would like more information how to make the leaves?

  56. Jorge Morais says:

    Really nice I curious to see some pictures how to produce the leaves.

  57. Marty C says:

    Never tried Anyrail but why pay for something when you can get something else for FREE? Google SCARM, it’s a free program that’s downloadable, works for all scales with track from just about any track manufacturer, and will even show you what your layout will look like in 3D. There are also some awesome tutorial videos on Youtube that make it easy to learn.

  58. Norm says:

    Perfect timing. Those trees are beautiful. I’m building my “N” scale forest inventory right now. I’ve found that the home crafted trees look much better than store bought. And, it more rewarding to make your own. I need some variety from the fir tree stock I have now. I can’t wait to see how you make them.

  59. Randall Lamond says:

    outstanding Mate ! , great job… we are all awaiting details or can you fly down to Australia and demo first hand !

  60. Marlin L. Stevens,Sr. says:

    will bring layout alive thanks , marlin ,

  61. Ian Bell says:

    Living in Oz, I to would like to model Australian gumtrees. Any help would be appreciated. Also any other native Oz trees.



  62. Martin Writer says:

    This is for the person who is having trouble with the AnyRail software he purchased from E-Bay. Do a Google search for S.C.A.R.M.. This is a free downloadable layout design program that I have been using for the past 2 months and have had no problems with.

  63. George Intze says:

    Do you have anything for “o” scale trains. Any info you can give me would be appreciated.

  64. Dave Karper says:

    Austin Wilson: see Mr. Lee’s printouts for some very good build your own structures. You can build them as is but the best part is bashing them into anything you can dream or imagine, and the cost is way less than commercial kits. I am working on them now so I’ll have them ready when my space becomes available. I’m chomping at the bit wanting to get started.

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