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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.

24 Mar

Free Model Railway Brick Paper From ModelScenery.com

To celebrate the launch of our sister site Model Railway Scenery’s new and rapidly growing range of Brick Papers, they’re giving away one of their post popular downloadable brick paper designs for free.

Free Brick Paper from Model Railway Scenery

So who are Model Railway Scenery?

Well, the site is owned and operated by Scenery Experts founder, Justin, who has recently put his graphic design skills to work creating some high quality, Photo Realistic Brick Papers in OO, N and O Gauges. Each texture sheet is available in instant download format for the tiny sum of just ¬£1.99 each (less than a cappuccino in Starbucks for goodness sake!) and you can print them off as often as you like for use on Buildings, walls, pavements… you name it.

Come on, spill the beans… how do I get my freebie then?

Head on over to Model Railway Scenery and simply subscribe to the free newsletter, and when you confirm your subscription they’ll send you a download link in your email. Just hit that link and there you go.

What gauges/scales can I have it in?

Of course, you need to know what scales you can have the freebie in right? Well, they’ve made it easy for you. The email with the download link actually has direct links to 3 different files. One for OO/HO gauge, one for N gauge and one for O gauge.

How do I print it?

They recommend printing them on Photo Quality, Matt Finish paper. The test one’s they did were printed on Epson Photo Quality Inkjet Paper using an Epson Photo R240 printer. Indeed, nothing fancy, the printer cost no more than about ¬£60!

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