N Scale Trees - Cheap Fast & Easy

Discussion in 'N / Z Scale Model Trains' started by Drew1125, Sep 15, 2002.

  1. Drew1125

    Drew1125 Active Member

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    This is a flower that grows in our garden called seedum. It's very hearty, & is a perinial that comes back year after year. As far as I know, it ranges all over the eastern U.S. It has a flower on a long stalk, with lacy, pink flowers in the summer. In the fall, they turn a lovely brown, & can be gathered in the winter...
    Here is a pic of two of the stalks...

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    I snip off a piece, to represent a tree armature about 20-30 N scale feet tall.
    I remove the dried flower material, & I have a nice bare tree ready for planting as is, or for attaching foliage...

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    For foliage, I stick some Woodland Scenics poly fiber on the ends of the branches, & spray it with flat black spray paint.

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    While the paint is still wet, I cover it with ground foam.

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    Those two stalks of seedum yeilded about 20 N scale trees of various sizes, shapes, & colors...
    I put them in a scrap of styrofoam, & then sprayed them with hair spray to bond everything really good.

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    Right on the money Charlie, they make great looking trees!
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    After that, they're ready for trimming (if necessary) & planting.

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    damm I got a whole off that in the yards wwill be cutting it back soon
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    Interesting.
    I saw a clinic on trees where a fellow used the other part of the sedum (the tips) to make the ends of a tree and glued them to an armature made from telephone wire. This was painted green and then covered or dipped in ground foam.
    He suggested harvesting in spring after it had been thoroughly dried by winter snows.