Hot off the press after Martin’s superb model trees, Tom sent his ‘how to’ version in:
Please find attached a method of making a tree that you would find in an orchard. It uses readily available materials and is pretty cheap and quick to manufacture.
The trees shown are part of a war games table – `the orchard` of Gettysburg – but would be equally at home on a HO/00 gauge railway.
Collect the heads of dry teasel plants – can be found most of the year in country parks, woodlands etc.
Cut them to give a `trunk`.
I usually insert a pin – sharp side down and glue it with superglue – attachment to the base will depend on what the base is made of.
Using scissors trim up the outer surface – remove the long woody bits from the base of the `tree`. You can also trim away some of the sides to give a less even appearance.
Then using a spray adhesive – I use a mounting adhesive – which is good enough. Spray all of the tree liberally, and avoid the trunk and pin.
Roll the sprayed up tree into a fine powdered scatter material of suitable colour. Could use a variety of colours to indicate season – or indeed add some red pieces for fruit.
Stand tree up to dry.
With this method it only takes a few minutes for each tree to be made to completion.
The finished article – `Completed tree` & `Completed orchard trees` (If you look hard you can see advancing confederate troops beyond the orchard).
When I get the chance I will show how I made a wheat field – again using teasels, glue and scatter material.
Impressive stuff from Tom.
And lastly, Lou sent this in. Looks like it’s going to be a monster layout. Can’t wait to see it finished.
“Here’s some if my layouts. I just started 4 weeks ago.
Hope I’ve helped!
And please let me know about your latest ‘steals’ in ebay (cheat sheet here).
PS Martin has sent in some more tree pics which are amazing. But I’ve run out of time today. Next time!