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Offline Luke

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Cheap Realistic Trees
« on: May 31, 2015, 10:55:54 am »
Hey all,

It's been a while since I last posted a topic, I've mostly been doing HO/OO scale stuff recently.
However I just finished putting together a video on making cheap trees using bushes and some woodland scenics turf.



The shrubs I used have a very fine branch structure, similar to the seamoss trees but maybe not quite as fine!
They would work well for some of the larger N scale trees.

On a second note, I had some success using the roots from pulled up weeds, just the average weed you would pull up from the garden.
Once dried out they make for some great tree armatures.

As for the video, it's swayed towards the larger scale however the technique definitely applies to N scale. Thought it might be worth you guys having a look. You can find the video here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sAcMSz2P7qA

Hope you like the video and find something useful.
Cheers
Luke.

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Re: Cheap Realistic Trees
« Reply #1 on: May 31, 2015, 05:37:02 pm »
Hi Luke,

I have now watched a few of your videos and I am very impressed with the way you explain how to create/ build your items.

I especially liked the billboard build and the finished article looks very realistic.

Have you thought about adding some LED's to illuminate the billboard at night?

cheers John.

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Re: Cheap Realistic Trees
« Reply #2 on: May 31, 2015, 06:46:50 pm »
Just the inspiration I needed to get going on some trees for my layout...amongst other things!

Really like tyre in the tree and the billboard build as well. Will be giving this a go after a trip to the model shop for some supplies.

What is the chopping board you use?

Including a miniature cameo of yourself is a great touch. I had to replay it the first time I saw it in the billboard vid. Made me chuckle.

Excellent vids, Luke.

Cheers

C. :)

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Re: Cheap Realistic Trees
« Reply #3 on: May 31, 2015, 07:05:52 pm »
Brilliant video Luke, thanks for sharing and posting.   :thumbsup:

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Re: Cheap Realistic Trees
« Reply #4 on: May 31, 2015, 07:43:11 pm »
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Re: Cheap Realistic Trees
« Reply #5 on: May 31, 2015, 09:58:41 pm »
Fantastic Luke  :thumbsup: Not only does your method look so easy and very cost effective, but the end product so realistic too. I've now bookmarked your site many thanks for sharing.

P.S I don't think I could get away with driving my old C-Max like the way your drove you car in the vid, it has an electric handbrake!  :(



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Re: Cheap Realistic Trees
« Reply #6 on: May 31, 2015, 10:57:54 pm »
Have to agree with the other comments, a very interesting and inspiring video. There are some really good trees you can purchase but many will want to make their own, saving their cash for things they cannot make. Thanks for posting it.

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Re: Cheap Realistic Trees
« Reply #7 on: May 31, 2015, 11:18:19 pm »

Really like tyre in the tree and the billboard build as well. Will be giving this a go after a trip to the model shop for some supplies.



If you fancy having a go at making your own tyre for a tree, click the link to see how to make them easily and cheaply  ;)

http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=2496.msg26334#msg26334

cheers John.

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Re: Cheap Realistic Trees
« Reply #8 on: June 02, 2015, 07:48:20 am »
wow!

Thanks everyone for the amazing feedback and super positive comments! :thumbsup:
I really love making the video tutorials, I'm always thinking of new videos to make, I have a great idea for making the next video..... forest ground cover.

Hi Chris, the chopper I used in the billboard video is called 'The Chopper' and its manufactured by 'NorthWest Short Line'. It's quite an old chopper and it was given to be by a friend who had purchased a new one.

Hi John, I do plan to add LED's to the billboard eventually, I plan on doing a little weathering on it as well.

Thanks again for all the fantastic comments.
Cheers
Luke. :thankyousign:

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Re: Cheap Realistic Trees
« Reply #9 on: June 02, 2015, 08:21:42 am »
However... if you are like me and just don't have the time to shred cleaning implements, you could try here :-
https://www.themodeltreeshop.co.uk/

:D



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Re: Cheap Realistic Trees
« Reply #10 on: June 02, 2015, 09:53:34 am »
I have in the past used the stalks from bunches of grapes, paint in pva then when dry colour trunk and branches and cover in Woodland Scenics material for foliage.
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Re: Cheap Realistic Trees
« Reply #11 on: June 03, 2015, 08:19:19 am »
I have in the past used the stalks from bunches of grapes, paint in pva then when dry colour trunk and branches and cover in Woodland Scenics material for foliage.

Hey mate,

Just curious, did you paint the stalks in PVA to help preserve them? I considered making a container full of diluted mat medium and soak the trees in it prior to adding leaves and ground foam.

And for those that are struggling to find stalks with a good branch structure, you could add multiple stalks together to build up the core branch structure of the tree. I've seen it done quite a bit and the results can be quite effective.

Cheers
Luke

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Re: Cheap Realistic Trees
« Reply #12 on: June 03, 2015, 08:52:26 am »
Just curious, did you paint the stalks in PVA to help preserve them?

The PVA seals the stalks helping to prevent them drying out. Being a natural product they tend to look more realistic as they have grown like a normal tree and you can have a variety of shapes.

Regards
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Re: Cheap Realistic Trees
« Reply #13 on: June 17, 2015, 04:33:06 am »
Just curious, did you paint the stalks in PVA to help preserve them?

The PVA seals the stalks helping to prevent them drying out. Being a natural product they tend to look more realistic as they have grown like a normal tree and you can have a variety of shapes.

Regards

Hi Dances,

I didn't paint the stalks but I did consider spraying them in like a matte medium product to help preserve them. I haven't had any trouble thus far with plant decay, however they are very dry by the time I start using them.

I'm working on an upcoming video making pine trees with natural material, I had an idea of soaking the dried plant in a diluted matte medium to soften the stalk, then hang them to dry and add some weight to pull the stalk straight.

Still experimenting with that, if it works out I'll post a video.

Cheers
Luke.

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Re: Cheap Realistic Trees
« Reply #14 on: February 19, 2018, 04:43:04 pm »
*BUMP*

That tree looks excellent, Luke!

I wonder if the trees will look just as good if you use Poly Fibres from Woodland Scenics as well as the coarse turf?  I've got some on order.  Now all I have to do is find something for the branches of my trees!  Maybe I'll go to Tesco and get some grapes....

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