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Discussion in 'HO Scale Model Trains' started by Jon Grant, Mar 23, 2005.

  1. Jon Grant

    Jon Grant Member

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    I have been working towards building some new trees for the layout and re-vamping some old ones, mangled by either kids or cats.

    Here's what I got done last night.

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    Still to get the 'sea foam' or 'Forest in a Box' added to the wire branches

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    Jon
  2. Jon Grant

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    Here's the 'big' tree on the layout. I finally got round to putting branches on.

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    Jon
  3. Gary Pfeil

    Gary Pfeil Active Member

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    Jon, very impressive, I'd love to read a how to. What is sea foam?
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    Great looking trees!
  5. jasbourre

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    Same here I would like the same info as Gary.
  6. Matthyro

    Matthyro Will always be re-membered

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    Very natural looking trees Jon, I too am curious about the sea foam.
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    Hi Jon, sure are realistic looking trees. Nice work, I too am some what curious about that sea foam stuff, what exactly is it made of, and where do you get it?
    Cheers Willis
  8. J&A_RR

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    Jon, what type of paint do you use on the foam you have the trees in? I need to paint foam for our layout and am curious. thanks, john

    EDIT TO ADD: nice trees, I need to get back to work on more trees for our layout. also I painted some stryrofoam today with some flat interior acrylic paint and so far so good. note to self: spray paint no worky on stryrofoam:eek:
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    Those are some mighty fine looking trees. While I'm not needing many trees in my desert setting, I too would love to read a how-to.
    Doc
  10. Jon Grant

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    Thanks guys

    For them's that wants to know, here's how I did the 'wire and seafoam' trees.

    Get some lengths of stiff wire (find a flower arranger) and twist together

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    Twist the wire into several bundles and keep splitting the bundles as you twist, until you end up with a tree-like object

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    Cover the wire tree in 'Artex' - a paint/grit mixture used by decorators - or 'flexi-bark'

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    Take a seafoam tree (Forest in a box, Forest in a flash, or the Noch seafoam tree pack) and pull off the branches.

    NB - For some of the trees I did, I just shoved a cocktail stick up the seafoam trunk (ouch!), glued it in with superglue, and covered the stick with flexi bark

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    I then attached the seafoam branches to the wire former with superglue and sprayed it with matt earth brown and olive green.

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    This is where I stop for winter trees, but you can make a summer tree by spraying spray glue on the branches and sprinkling on suitable flocks

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    Jon
  11. Jon Grant

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    Here's a couple of pics of the trees in situ

    First the 'big winter tree' before I added the branches

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    and my solitary summer tree

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    Jon
  12. Gary Pfeil

    Gary Pfeil Active Member

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    Thanks Jon, It seems you have some products I'm not familiar with. Seafoam then is a Noch product? As are forest in a box and forest in a flash? And do any of the US members here know of an equivalent to the Artex Jon mentions? I've made trees using twisted wire like you've done, but only applied bark to the lower reaches, using things like perma gasket and putty. And the standard polyfibre and foam for foliage which is ok but yours look so much better. Will have to look into the Noch line for sure.

    Thanks again.
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    Has to be tree gnomes at work!!:rolleyes:


    Great work, Jon!-:thumb: :thumb: :thumb: :thumb: :thumb:
  14. Jon Grant

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    Gary Pfeil Active Member

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    Thanks Jon!

    Gary