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15 Apr

How to Make Model Trees – Part 3

Inspiration for Model Pine Trees - dbaron @ flickr

Steve continues his excellent Model Tree Making series with a quick video about how to make Conifers for your Model Railway, Wargaming diorama or Slot car layout.

In this video Steve shows us how easy it is to make Model Conifer Trees using just a few easy to source materials.

Model trees are an essential feature on any model railway layout, and can at times be costly to purchase, so making your own can be very rewarding and save you a lot of cash at the same time. A couple of very importantĀ  things to remember when making model trees are Size, and Shape!

Model Tree Size

Real trees (Not your ornamental garden types) are BIG, often very big. A quick Google search for trees can tell you for example that a Pine tree can grow to anywhere from 3m to 80m, that’s 80 metres in some parts of the world, with most ranging from 15m to 45m. So even a 15m OO gauge pine tree would need to be a whopping 19cm tall! That’s a big tree for even the smallest in a real forest!

Tree Shape

Remember, mother nature is very random. Unless it’s an ornamental tree, real trees are seldom symmetrical, so bare that in mind when making trees for your layout (and buying them for that matter). I often put my basic trees together using a method similar to the one Steve uses here, then I hack away a little with a pair of scissors to make the shape as random as possible for increased realism.

Things you’ll need to make your model trees.

Materials needed for this mini-project:

  • Length of wooden dowel
  • Section of filter material or a Scouring Pad (The green ones, not wire wool based)
  • Spray glue
  • Assorted paints
  • Scatter / Flock material

Don’t forget, any questions or comments, post them below and I’ll do my best to answer them asap.

23 Mar

The Easy Way To Make Model Trees – Part 1

Model Trees Made From Twisted Copper Wire, Picture Courtesy of Sanchom

Here’s Part 1 of a nice video seriesĀ  from a guy called Steve who makes tons of Wargaming and Model Railroad Dioramas. This excellent movie shows how to make quick make quick and easy Deciduous trees from a length of copper wire and a few basic modelling materials. Look out for Part 2 tomorrow.

Items required for this project:

Tools Required:

  • Wire cutters
  • Sharp craft knife
  • Paint Brush