Sagebrush and yucca

badlandnp Sep 4, 2015

  1. badlandnp

    badlandnp TrainBoard Member

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    Was wondering about techniques any of y'all have used to come up with believeable yucca plants and sagebrush? I tried a little bit with a sprig of lichen and sage colored foam by Timberline, it's ok but still could use something....
    Haven't gone after yucca yet.
    Here's a pic of the sagebrush I tried, it is along the tracks .
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  2. subwayaz

    subwayaz TrainBoard Member

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    I've not tried to make any but Fiferhobby supply one of our Vendors has some on his site that you might be able to copy
     
  3. BoxcabE50

    BoxcabE50 Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    Check the Fifer web site. I believe Mike did a "how to" type video a couple of years back.
     
  4. dave n

    dave n TrainBoard Supporter

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    Here's my attempt at Yucca:

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    I used an old toothbrush for the lower bush, and a strand of copper wire for the main stalk. I dipped the top of the stalk in white glue and then rolled it in some brown ground foam for the flower/blossom on top:
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  5. montanan

    montanan TrainBoard Member

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    I have been using sagebrush for years. It's not hard to find here in Montana. Here's a few examples. The natural plant looks exactly like real bark.This is in HO scale, but I see no reason it wouldn't work in N scale.

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  6. RBrodzinsky

    RBrodzinsky Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    I used Mike's tutorial to make yuccas for my San Felipe Desert FreeMoN module
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    Extraordinarily easy to make, the look great, and you can use different colored tufts. For sage brush/tumbleweed, I use the fall Silfor tufts, as well as cut small pieces of twine
     
  7. badlandnp

    badlandnp TrainBoard Member

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    Thanks guys! Watched the fifer video, looks easy enough. Will give it a try. The yucca out here has a green-grey color to the leaves that ought to be fun to match.

    dave n - Liked the idea of the toothbrush, Hmmmm.
    Rick - And fill the toothbrush with some of the finer Silflor, hmmm.
    Thinking going on here, even if it hurts!

    montanan = Nice looking trees! Yup, I use lots of dead sagebrush stems for trees, they work well in N for cottonwoods and others. Am working towards getting a decent looking N sized sagebrush tho, and may have found a fine root that will make a good stem.
     

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