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Trees, shrubs, nature and animals.
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Posted: Monday, August 19, 2013 - 12:05 PM UTC
With Prasert so active and informative, I thought I could add my 2 basic methods as well in order to help people to convincing and cheap trees:

My "raw material" for the first method is dried Sedum



Harvesting time is late autumn, and the trunks look like this:



or when smaller, like this:



Smaller ones can be combined by glueing the trunks together with white glue:



and additional branches can be required. This is easy enough. Choose small twigs and insert a toothpick o.s., then drill a corresponding hole in the general trunk and glue the twig to it.



The trunks are rather brittle so I strongly suggest to keep the bundled trunks together by holding them in a pair of pliers. Once the white glue is dry, I usually cover the "wooden parts" of the tree with a mixture of white glue, water and very fine sand, dyed in order to resemble the real bark:



This mixture dries rock hard. The only thing left to do is cover the sedum with "leaves". Either you choose flocking stuff from Noch, Polák or others, or you take fine foam, it's up to you. Here you see an example where I've used both variants:



And these are the results:



I usually make those trees for wargame tables. Anyway, the tree must be fixed somehow. Small trees/bushes can be inserted in bits of tube (here a drinking straw)



and the straws are imbedded in air drying clay. This can be modelled to represent crude roots.



Just cover the area around the tree with "forest scatter" from the bottom of your material box:



Et voilŕ!

The other method will follow soon:

Questions and comments welcome of course!

Cheers

Romain

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Posted: Monday, August 19, 2013 - 12:45 PM UTC
Hallo Romain,

Excellent work and tutorial! Thank you.
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Posted: Monday, August 19, 2013 - 12:51 PM UTC
Thanks so much for your credit Romain.
Your method of how to make model trees helpful for modelers who need to create it.
Thanks again for sharing.
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Posted: Monday, August 19, 2013 - 01:27 PM UTC
Brilliant!
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Posted: Monday, August 19, 2013 - 02:48 PM UTC
You and Prasert dropped some serious knowledge bombs. The trees look great...and surprisingly doable. I expected it to be more complicated hahaha.

-Conor
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Posted: Tuesday, August 20, 2013 - 05:36 PM UTC
Daat ass jo net esou schlecht! :-)

The end result defintely looks better as I feared it could be after showing the raw plant.

See you in 10 days!

Claude

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Posted: Tuesday, August 20, 2013 - 07:06 PM UTC

Quoted Text

Daat ass jo net esou schlecht! :-)

The end result defintely looks better as I feared it could be after showing the raw plant.

See you in 10 days!

Claude




Merci Claude,

yup, see you in 10 days..very much looking forward to that!!

Cheers

Romain
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Posted: Tuesday, August 20, 2013 - 07:09 PM UTC

Prasert, David, Conor,

thanks for your kind comments guys!! Much appreciated!

Next "method" in the pipeline!

Cheers

Romain

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Posted: Friday, January 16, 2015 - 08:01 PM UTC
Romain,

Sedum makes fantastic trees and you demonstrate that!

The Sedum in my yard loose their dead leaves and if I get to them before too much snow and rain hits them, their delicate branch structure is preserved.
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Posted: Friday, January 16, 2015 - 09:06 PM UTC

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Romain,

Sedum makes fantastic trees and you demonstrate that!

The Sedum in my yard loose their dead leaves and if I get to them before too much snow and rain hits them, their delicate branch structure is preserved.




Hi Fred,

I don't know if there are several sorts of Sedum (I'm not an expert, maybe you should consult a specialist) but you are right in so far that Sedum is a tad fragile, but I collect it as soon as it's dry (rain and snow are not beneficial) and you can of course insert a length of wire into the stem. That helps to strenghten it.

Moreover, the plant can of course be strenghtened by covering the stems with the usual mix of water+whiteglue+sand.

Cheers

Romain

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Posted: Friday, January 16, 2015 - 11:05 PM UTC
Excellent idea,we have a lot of that in our flowerbeds.
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Posted: Friday, January 16, 2015 - 11:22 PM UTC
Hi Romain,

I bookmarked this thread for future reference. Thanks for sharing!

—mike
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Posted: Saturday, January 17, 2015 - 12:05 AM UTC

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Hi Romain,

I bookmarked this thread for future reference. Thanks for sharing!

—mike



Hi Mike,

you are most welcome!!

Cheers

Romain

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Posted: Saturday, January 17, 2015 - 01:41 AM UTC
Hi Romain ,

nice subject and very practical !

Thanks for sharing , you chould create more topics m8 (if possible) . I am sure they would be very interesting too

Cheers ,

Kurt