Forested Hills & Fall Foliage

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  1. Drew1125

    Drew1125 Active Member

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    Someone asked earlier how I made trees for my N scale layout, so I thought I'd post this.
    (bear with me here, there are about 11 photos that go with this)

    My current layout is set in the Appalachian Mtns, so I will never have too many trees!:rolleyes: :D

    I started with some of that Wooland scenics clump foliage in fall colors

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    These were a little too intense for me, so I cut each color with some burnt green by mixing them in a blender...I ended up with the four WS fall colors, in assition to the burnt green, & some dark green for representing evergreens. I put each of the six colors in a plastic grocery bag...

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    Next, I take a bag of WS Poly-Fiber, & pull a small tuft between my index finger & thumb...

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    Next, I pull the tuft out into a random shape, roughly the size of a golf ball..then I spray it with some cheap flat black spray paint...

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    While the paint is still good & wet, I roll the tuft in one of the bags of the foliage...

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    As I finish each tree, I toss them onto a piece of wax paper to dry...

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    To 'plant' these on steep hillsides, I stick sectios of toothpicks, about 1/4" long into the hill, to act as "cleats" to hold the trees in place...

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    Then, using full-strength white glue, & working from the bottom up, I attach the trees to the hill...
    This looked OK, but I really thought it needed something more... the "forest" just wasn't "branchy" enough...

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    The solution came in the form of this stuff I found at Wal-Mart in the dried flower section...I think it's called "candy tuft", or something like that...(?)

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    I cut tiny sprigs of this stuff, & put as dab of glue on them, & just stick them here & there in among the PF trees...

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    You DA MAN, Charlie! You da Fall Guy! :D :D :D

    Thanks for posting that!
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    Well done Charles:D Master fall tree maker. I love them colours. Fall is MY Season.;)
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    A great how-to Charlie! :cool:
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    Another great how to. I love it.
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    Thanks everyone!:)
    This scenery stuff is one of my favorite parts of the hobby!
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    Thanks for sharing

    your techniques on tree making. I like how you come up with the different colors for fall. I tried using the WS fall colors at first and didn't like them either. But never thought of what you are doing. I have used the blender to chop up dried moss to make great ground cover.

    Great idea!
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    Thanks Judy!
    I've used my blender for things like that too...I've used it to chop up dead leaves for griound cover.
    NOTE: do not use the household/kitchen blender for scenery!
    I went to the thrift store & bought myself one for $3.00 that is strictly for scenery. It's been a great little tool to have!
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    Know what you mean, Margaritas are never the same after using the kitchen blender:D :eek:
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    Charlie & Judy,
    I'm impressed by your use of Fall colors which I think look really great. On my last layout the bushes and trees were a half-dozen shades of green. I think the Fall colors look so much better that I might do it myself. The only problem is that I would have to re-do my backdrop colors. Have to think about that as I'm not a painting "artist" type. hmmm.... Jim