O Scale Apples?

Maureen Nov 6, 2017

  1. Maureen

    Maureen TrainBoard Member

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    I want to put O scale apples in my apple trees. Newtown Pippins are a large variety and green (I can spread them out on double sided tape and repaint them apple green if necessary). So far I haven't found anything to use that's ~2mm diameter. Woodland Scenic's fruit only comes in tiny sizes.

    Any suggestions?
     
  2. BoxcabE50

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    Remembering the apples we had on our farm, when I was a boy, many are smaller sized than what a lot of folks might envision.

    I am trying to think of anything. Have you looking in the baking section of your favorite grocery? They usually have sprinkles of many sizes and shapes, for decorating such as cakes, cupcakes, cookies. Perhaps you could adapt something from these?
     
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    The particular variety is large, ~10cm. (One our backyard varieties were ~12cm this year!). So ~2mm is indeed the scale I'm looking for.

    Would hard sugar decorations keep if varnished, given a light spray first to try to keep it from dissolving?
     
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    I believe so. Next trip by the grocery store, maybe purchase a package. They are quite inexpensive, so one for experimentation seems viable.
     
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    Beads come in a variety of sizes and colors, and because of the string hole, are dimpled top and bottom. I think they're measured in millimeters, and if not, 1/16th of an inch isn't a bad target.

    Tie a knot in dark brown thread and run it through, then hang it from that, and you have a stem centered in the dimple.
     
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    Tiny 'seed beads' aren't particularly spherical, and that would be a whole lot of individually stringing apples.
     
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    Yes, it would be a lot of stringing, unless you didn't attach them that way. And apples aren't all that spherical either...

    The holes are a bit big. But putting a dab of glue in each is no worse than varnishing sugar, I don't think...
     
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    Try some experimenting. On a very small scale, such as one tree. Maybe use a spray adhesive, and then quickly roll the tree across a paper plate with some "apples" spread out. Then hit it again with the adhesive. Maybe el cheapo hair spray from a dollar type of store?
     
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    There will definitely be static science lab work to do ^,^

    I'll also try some anti-static laundry spray.
     
  11. BoxcabE50

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    Maureen- You results and experiences will be well worth reading. As with so much of this hobby, we all benefit from your learning processes!
     

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