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(Login tshintl) Missing-Lynx members from IP address 184.108.40.206
Can anyone point me in the direction of some very realistic looking HO scale (or taller) pine trees as would be seen in the Ardennes? I'm not talking about "christmas tree" looking trees, and I want very high end trees, not ones that look cheap.
...reading an article way back in the day, but can't really remember it or where it was from. I'll try to describe it from memory anyway.
1. Get a length of thin, circular dowel wood (to the length and width you want the tree's trunk to be)
2. Using a rough file, shape the dowel so it as the right shape of a tree (remember to taper the trunk towards the top). Using a rough file will also create a "bark" effect. This will be the trunk of the pine tree (remember to file in a parellel direction with the trunk).
3. Now you can either paint the trunk or leave it until after.
4. Get some asparagus fern (that really finely leaved stuff from florists, etc.)
5. Drill small holes into the dowel trunk (small enough so that when the asparagus fern is added, it almost fills it). I would look at a real tree to see where the thickest leaves are, etc.
6. The rest is straight forward. Add the asparagus fern into the holes with a bit of glue and there you have it!
7. Paint the trunk if you didn't before and spray the whole thing with some sought of sealer. Paint as you please.
As I said, I can't remember the article in alot of detail, but the trees he made looked great.