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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 important  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.

12 Mar

The Holy Grail In Model Railway Scenery

Here’s an example of just what can be done with a little expertise! One of the most visited tourist destinations in Germany, Miniature Wonderland wows thousands of visitors a year with it’s outstandingly detailed Model Railway Scenery.

Miniature Wonderland has been growing since 2001, originally having 2 layout areas based on Harz and Southern Germany, it now comprises of 7 different regions including Hamburg, America, Austria and Scandinavia with futher sections planned way into 2014!

Accuracy and painstaking detail is the key at Minature Wonderland, with highly detailed HO scenes making it the most impressive layout in the world. Moving vehicles, realistic lighting, and 1000’s upon 1000’s of figures bring this masterpeice to life.

The team behind minature wonderland have push the limits of model construction in every way, with a large proportion of the layout being custom designed and built.¬† There are over 150 push-button sequences to enjoy along with fully operational Vehicle and Ship navigation systems. And with literally 100’s of Trains running in synch it’s a sight that must be seen!

Take a look at the Miniature Wonderland Official Video below for some real inspiration…