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Any good ideas on how to make palm fronds for

November 29 2007 at 3:26 PM
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a WWII Pacific vignette?? I've got a 120mm figure of a USMC sniper, and just need to figure out the best way to make palm fronds. I was going to try paper and some copper wire for the "stalk", just haven't gotten there just yet. I am staying away from PE products as they always appear two-dimensional in 1/35, let alone in this scale.
Thanks for any help,
Rod

 
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Steve May
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Palm Fronds

November 30 2007, 9:33 AM 

Rod this appeared in a book on dioramas some years ago and I have used this technique to my satisfaction several times. I agree that PE leaves seem to be a bit one dimensional.
The approach is take a piece of wire about the thickness that is used in bread ties. Place the wire down the sticky side center of a piece of masking or drafting tape. Place another piece of tape sticky side to sticky side with the wire in between. Press tightly and smooth out any air bubbles and then take a pair of scissors and cut the shape and size of the palm frond desired and then carefully cut the leaves of the palm frond. The wire will allow you to bend and form the stem or stalk of the fronds in different configerations. When it comes to base of stalks I have used different diamemters of carved dowel. Small holes drilled in the dowel allows for placement of the wire leaf(frond) stem. Hope this might work for you.

Steve

 
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Thanks, Steve

December 1 2007, 9:34 AM 

That sounds like a great idea. I have an article in a Tamiya magazine using cartridge paper and wire, but I like the masking tape idea a lot better as it sounds like you get the proper "thickness" on the stalk on both sides.
I will definately be giving this a go!
Thanks for the response.
Rod

 
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Alternative to wire

January 23 2008, 2:27 AM 

Instead of using a wire, you could use Evergreen´s "L" section. Specially if you´re doing some loose leafs.

 
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Kamazukuri Laser Cut Paper Products

November 30 2007, 9:56 AM 

If you can find a place here in NA that sells them. I do, but I didn't bring in the Palm Fronds on my first order.

Check them out: http://www.kamizukuri.jp/diorama/diorama_goods.html

They do Palm Fronds, but also do a Jungle pack. And before you say "they look complicated", they really aren't, really , really easy to build. And you get alot for your money.

I just brought a few in to try, and I am almost sold out already. I had a customer call me that was interested in the Tulips, wanted to know how many you get in a package, so I opened one up for him and the Tulips you get enough for 70 flowers. So if the rest of the packages are as generous, these are really a great deal, and look awesome!!

Thanks
Scott Millican
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Thanks Scott

December 1 2007, 9:35 AM 

I checked ou the link you provided, and "WOW!" doesn't quite cover it! Those look amazing!
Do you have a website for your store?
Thanks for the response,
Rod

 
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No Website Yet....but

December 2 2007, 7:16 AM 

A friend of mine is allowing me to use part of his forum to advertise my wares.

http://valleymodellers.com/phpBB2/viewforum.php?f=7

I unfortunately didn't bring in the Jungle pack or the Palm Fronds though.

 
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Just increase the scale...

December 4 2007, 11:51 AM 


 
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Thanks, Pat

December 4 2007, 4:25 PM 

Missed that article. Great stuff...many thanks!
Rod

 
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