Conifers, conifers, conifers

Dacs Aug 13, 2014

  1. Dacs

    Dacs New Member

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    I had tried so many ways to make realistic conifers. Nothing seemed to satisfy. They always had a toy appearance. Well, one day while making some deciduous trees from American Sagebrush, the bark sparked an empty hole in my brain! Suddenly, I had the answer. (at least for me anyway)

    I carve my trunks from square balsa strips. Generally 1/4 x 1/4. If I need trees with larger diameter trunks, I will glue these side by side to end up with 1/2 x 1/2 or larger. If taller than the strips come in, I will glue them in a stagger formation and side by side.

    Anyhow, once I have them all carved down to a generally round up to the tapered top, I will then use sagebrush bark to wrap the trunk with. The effect is truly amazing! 413.jpg 0850.JPG 0851.JPG I can, at a later date, do an sbs on how I do this, if it is so desired.

    PIC_1078.JPG I also see, from posting these, I have some learning ahead on how to post pics properly here.

    Dave HWCRR
    Seattle
     

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  2. HemiAdda2d

    HemiAdda2d Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    Fantastic work! It really looks great in large scale. What scale is it for? HOn3?
     
  3. BoxcabE50

    BoxcabE50 Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    Very, very nice! Those look like the Cascade foothills trees I remember so well!

    Have you done area deciduous trees, such as alder or maple?
     
  4. emaley

    emaley TrainBoard Supporter

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    The trees are incredible. We defnitely need more pictures. Maybe a small tutorial. Very nice work.
     
  5. Dacs

    Dacs New Member

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    Thanks for the comments everybody. I work in O scale. A 15" tree in O is a scale 60'. The largest I have built is 18", which is of course 72 scale feet. That would be a scale 120' and 144' respectively, in the HO scale. Large timber! It would get a bit oversize for N.
    As I live in Seattle, I base the trees on what we have here in the Cascades.

    Dave HWCRR
    Seattle
     
  6. JimJ

    JimJ Staff Member

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    Those are the most realistic model trees I've ever seen. Period.
     
  7. Dacs

    Dacs New Member

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    Thank you Jim for your comment. If I have everything convenient, it takes me about 45 minutes to make one tree.

    Dave HWCRR
    Seattle
     
  8. BoxcabE50

    BoxcabE50 Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    You are a very patient person!
     
  9. Dacs

    Dacs New Member

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    conifers

    Well, I do pride myself on my patience. I am a very meticulous modeler. Probably anal. But, these trees are for the up close and personal front of the layout. The trees in the background, are not made this carefully.
    I have made exactly 117 of these.

    Dave HWCRR
    Seattle
     
  10. Flash Blackman

    Flash Blackman Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    It's a beautiful thing. Really nice job.
     
  11. Boston Maine

    Boston Maine New Member

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    Truly awesome trees. I will be looking for the video. Sage Brush, huh?:)
     
  12. southernnscale

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    Dacs,
    Those are some work of art trees and you do and outstanding job on them. I just wish I could do some "Z" scale trees like that 60' or 70' for me would be around 3inches or 4inched tall. Pretty small! thanks for the post and it seems to be a great way of doing trees and they do look real at that scale!
     
  13. Big Windy

    Big Windy New Member

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    Where do you acquire sagebrush bark? A local vegetation? Being in the Midwest I can't say I have seen it anywhere. Nice work!
     
  14. MaxDaemon

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    I realize the original poster has not returned and your comment is from months ago - but it's worthwhile, I think. Sage is a low, slow growing plant in dry areas - I lived on the dry side of Washington State, and can't go anywhere off the road without (literally) tripping over sagebrush. Never thought of using it for modeling - live and learn. I just thought it smelled nice after a rain!
     

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