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Re: Wrenton
« Reply #1050 on: August 24, 2018, 06:01:13 PM »
Trees?  :hmmm:

Well, the Press Office has just confirmed that the wire twisting resulted in a tree-like object (or an under baseboard nightmare).



It's mostly 30swg florists' wire from Hobbycraft but there are also some strands from an old piece of loudspeaker cable. The whole thing has been soldered to strengthen it, using a 100w iron. A bit clumsy when reaching into the tree but it sure melts the solder quickly! Scale height is about 70 feet.
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Re: Wrenton
« Reply #1051 on: August 25, 2018, 12:12:19 AM »
Looks great!  :thumbsup:

Actuallyit brings back memories of a local exhibition I was at back in the nineties. I was at a demo stand doing exactly that - showing people how to make trees out of twisted wire.

By mid-afternoon my fingers locked up completely, and I was in agony!!
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Re: Wrenton
« Reply #1052 on: August 25, 2018, 08:46:21 PM »
I know that feeling, George. I did most of Wrenton's trees in batches and spent lots of evenings half-watching TV while twisting wire. I found it best to do short spells only. So a solo tree this time. Here it is with some texture on the trunk and lower branches. Two coats of Polyfilla, a little PVA and brown acrylic paint applied with an old brush.


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Re: Wrenton
« Reply #1053 on: August 26, 2018, 08:25:15 PM »
Stage three adds some fibres to the branches. I use the material meant for stuffing soft toys. The amount used will govern the density of the foliage and I want this tree to be fairly open so not too much goes on. A spray of brown, a waft of grey and some brush-work to colour the whole thing, though I'll probably do a bit more paint work later.


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Re: Wrenton
« Reply #1054 on: August 27, 2018, 08:54:23 PM »
And stage four sees the foliage added. It's Woodland Scenics coarse burnt grass turf stuck on with, well do I have to say hair spray?! I used Boots maximum hold - don't have much other need for it unfortunately.



Will do a bit more painting - eventually.

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Re: Wrenton
« Reply #1055 on: August 28, 2018, 02:50:58 AM »
Looks great!

You said it's 70 scale feet high, Roger, so I'm assuming the model to be about 14cm?
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Re: Wrenton
« Reply #1056 on: August 28, 2018, 11:44:37 AM »
It was when I  first measured it, George, but it shrank a little in the wash so now it's just over 130mm. The trunk could be buried more deeply to shorten it a bit more if need be.

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Re: Wrenton
« Reply #1057 on: August 28, 2018, 12:09:04 PM »
The size of trees on N gauge layouts has always been an interesting point of contention.

Trees are big. Especially Oaks, etc.

However, I've seen them on layouts modelled to scale size, and they look huge!!!


I think it's all to do with the fact that we have to compress so much of the real thing in this hobby because of space restraints, we really have to apply it to the trees, as well.

Having said that, there are many fine examples of forced perspective modelling with big stuff at the front leading into smaller stuff at the back.
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Re: Wrenton
« Reply #1058 on: August 28, 2018, 12:25:45 PM »
Just took a rule to Wrenton's trees and the tallest are about the same as this new one. And they're at the back - I'm not clever enough to do forced perspective!

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Re: Wrenton
« Reply #1059 on: August 28, 2018, 07:28:03 PM »
Looks superb Roger, but then everything you do does.  :thumbsup:

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Re: Wrenton
« Reply #1060 on: August 31, 2018, 09:08:12 AM »
Roger, just got back from a few days away, and look what was in the letterbox!

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Re: Wrenton
« Reply #1061 on: August 31, 2018, 09:49:25 AM »
A work surface? That's one helluva letter box you've got :goggleeyes:

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Re: Wrenton
« Reply #1062 on: August 31, 2018, 10:08:50 AM »
It's called a breakfast bar but is also a workbench.  :D

Anyway I was so pleased that when the subscription was renewed ( birthday present from the Bealettes), the journal that arrived was the Wrenton issue!
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Re: Wrenton
« Reply #1063 on: August 31, 2018, 11:25:09 AM »
Roger, just got back from a few days away, and look what was in the letterbox!

Looks vaguely familiar!

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Re: Wrenton
« Reply #1064 on: August 31, 2018, 11:27:35 AM »
I'm looking forward to reading it!!  :thumbsup:
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