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Posted: Monday, August 17, 2020 - 03:45 AM UTC
Woof!! The B&W pics are spooky real Tim, love it. Only the creator can see the boofs, cause I don't see em, lol. One thing I did notice is the pesky dust on the trunk, but in a test shot they are always there.

This beast is really coming along "museum quality"!
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Posted: Monday, August 17, 2020 - 02:29 AM UTC
I love the way your trees turn out. I also thought at first they looked too dense. You herb scissors does miracles...


A pity that you decided not to add the conifers... They would have broken the colours and shapes of the other trees...
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Posted: Monday, August 17, 2020 - 01:43 AM UTC
That is inspiring stuff there and spectacular work. Some of the outdoor black and whites pass for reality and I would not know they weren't if viewed at another source somewhere. Brilliant!
J
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Posted: Monday, August 17, 2020 - 12:15 AM UTC
Cheers guys, as promised…























Not done yet, all I see are faults. There shouldn’t be any daylight coming through along the stretch where the car’s parked so a 14th tree & maybe a bush required to fill those gaps. I swear this stuff’s growing on its own, the uber-pruner’s required again because some foliage is still too close to the pillars. The unintended bare emerald green gauze really jars when the sun catches it, I’m reluctant to spray because the odds against nailing the right green(s) are too high so another parsley blizzard’s preferable. I gave up on central conifers - too difficult & too unimportant.

Other issues – I’ll be trashing the car’s tilt (folded roof) and making a better one soon, meanwhile driver Klein’s on half-rations for failing to dust the Merc yet again. Maybe you can add to the list.

Me super-critical? Nah…the shadows are perfect
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Posted: Saturday, August 15, 2020 - 05:30 AM UTC
Superb attention to details on display 10 fold! Thoroughly enjoyed during my morning cup of Joe. The foliage turned out great too. Thanks for sharing brother, stay safe!

JG
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Posted: Saturday, August 15, 2020 - 05:12 AM UTC

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One bright moment was the discovery (in our recently unpacked kitchen boxes) of this piece of essential diorama equipment…


Tim, Nice repurposing.✂️ Somehow the beak of a Kookaburra comes to mind! 😂

Cheers!🍺
—mike
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Posted: Friday, August 14, 2020 - 11:57 PM UTC
Thanks Ski welcome back & hey Erwin if my maternal grandmother (and mother) had kept her Irish maiden name then I’d be DioraGoggins baby! But hey it’s enough that I make Clooney look like Elephant Man…what kinda Irish name’s that anyway, O’lephantman?

So where am I - well apart from clearly delusional it became harder to see the wood for the trees - I started this garden thinking it would be difficult, for a while it looked like um a walk in the park, then it got more difficulter by the hour. The hairspray was a bust, worse than the contact adhesive so back to the latter & I blew an entire 2nd can to fix the 13 trees. The chives were a bust mainly because they stank, the whole apartment smelled like an onion & garlic processing factory so back to the parsley.

One bright moment was the discovery (in our recently unpacked kitchen boxes) of this piece of essential diorama equipment…



…like bringing a flamethrower to a knife fight, pruning in a quarter of the time. Depending on the weather I’ll post some outdoor photos tomorrow or Monday
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Posted: Tuesday, August 11, 2020 - 09:05 PM UTC

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Tanks yew tree & top o’ da mornin t’ya begorrah…no offence intended I’ve got some Irish blood too…explains a lot eh? Hey Ski maybe you could use some parsley for your amazing big-scale courtyard with the hog I can’t recall ever seeing finished (?)




Shouldn't it be Tim O'Martin then?
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Posted: Monday, August 10, 2020 - 02:10 PM UTC
Hey Bro, both times they got finished, but numero uno was found under boot! Bahahahaaaaaaa. Actually, they are delicate kits and the first got far beyond repair, but the second is done and ready for the big dio. I'll get the thread going and start off from the beginning. Keep er rollin Bro, looking good!!
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Posted: Sunday, August 09, 2020 - 11:10 PM UTC
Tanks yew tree & top o’ da mornin t’ya begorrah…no offence intended I’ve got some Irish blood too…explains a lot eh? Hey Ski maybe you could use some parsley for your amazing big-scale courtyard with the hog I can’t recall ever seeing finished (?)
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Posted: Sunday, August 09, 2020 - 04:48 AM UTC
Trees company. ... I could not resist that one!🤣
Looking fantastic!🍺
—mike
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Posted: Sunday, August 09, 2020 - 02:27 AM UTC
Trees are lookin the part Tim , nicely done !!
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Posted: Saturday, August 08, 2020 - 10:12 AM UTC
Wow, these veggies are looking great, Ruck On Bby!
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Posted: Friday, August 07, 2020 - 11:23 PM UTC
About the spray adhesive I may have a/the answer, subject to a glue-ologist’s expertise. The stuff I’ve been using is the kind found in any artists’ materials shop: “Multi-purpose clear adhesive for permanent & repositionable mounting” says the can. So it’s actually a contact adhesive - permanent bonds need both surfaces sprayed, temporary bonds only one surface. So, using it as I am with only one surface sprayed it’s not surprising autumn’s come early.

Talking about it with my railroad mate Alistair today he thrust a can of regular non-aromatic hairspray into my paw with the words “go forth and rectify”…or was that “go forth and multiply”…we were onto a 2nd bottle by then. I’ll try it out tomorrow.

Yes J when I’ve got all the trees into position the final pruning will be to get the overall look right rather than individuals. Tricky though, given they’ll be removable I’ll have to number them & their sockets and also mark what each’s orientation is to mesh with its neighbours. Re the conifers OK maybe dowel, or a stiff wire bonded to the curved pine-y branches I’ve found.

Re tonal variations G - yes I’ll be trying out a different herbal remedy to provide a slightly dustier green & some tree diversity…chive talkin’…sorry that really was a tragedy
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Posted: Friday, August 07, 2020 - 05:22 AM UTC
Hi Tim,

Looking good, you don't do things by halves, but you do them well, . I think when massed together that you'll have something very impressive and reminiscent of the real thing.

Will you be adding any tonal variations to the trees?

Like Jerry, I will be interested to see if you come up with an adhesive solution.

Carry on growing, and cheers, ,

G
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Posted: Friday, August 07, 2020 - 01:40 AM UTC
You have a quick learning curve at any rate. I have not yet found an adhesive that fixes the flocking on without shedding. I will be interested to see if you conquer that issue.
You have spotted for yourself all the problems I have seen so at this point just hold the reins loose and let the horses run brother! I would add that given the trees are so close together maybe look at the thing in its' entirety as one large clump,instead of focusing on individual trees? Hopefully I am making a coherent point ?
As far as the tall conifers how about using a dowel ? Sand down to a point at the top and glue sawdust to the trunk and paint that. Easy peasy.
J
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Posted: Thursday, August 06, 2020 - 11:52 PM UTC
Thanks Jerry just making it up as I go along & the uneasy feeling they might not look any good bunched together in situ grew until I had to stop to find out. The size of the problem…









So far, each of my trees are surprisingly heavy/top-heavy & difficult to place in trial positions in the garden. When finalised they’ll each have a hole drilled through the base with a retaining collar (3 cms deep from the level of the garden soil) so they’re removable, but if I can’t place them & play around with positions I won’t know where to drill. So I used some packing foam to make a floating raft over the flower beds…





…and pushed the trunks through it until they reached the garden surface - presto trees stand up unassisted. The obvious drawback is they’re all standing 3cms taller than they will be when properly planted, but it’s an easy by-eye adjustment to make when figuring how each will look against its neighbours, and of course compared to those photo-refs…









Results are (1) I’d intended to position them round the edge of the central island but it’s too far away from the fence, so round the garden beds they go with some more big ones needed down the middle of the island, including the two conifers if I ever find dead-straight pine branches. 2) I need to make more & taller trees than expected for that. 3) Despite heavy adhesive spraying they’re all dropping leaves with every handling & the gauze is starting to show through. At the same time they look too dense, so I need to reduce the amount of gauze to allow more gaps to show through. So it looks like the first foliation of each tree is basically a draft, and only when they’re all finalised will each get a second dose of leaves & another fixing spray plus a final prune to break up the blobs & better er interleave them. Live & learn
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Posted: Tuesday, August 04, 2020 - 01:42 AM UTC
NICE!! Very convincing deciduous and inexpensive to boot! My kinda modeling!
The last "twiggy" tree was my fav.
J
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Posted: Monday, August 03, 2020 - 11:54 PM UTC
Thanks guys looks like you’re the last two standing in the heat – hah I blow my nose at European/North American heatwaves, try 44-46°C as we had for several days in January. Freezing our butts off right now though. Let’s see how the trees pan out G, I’m working on chopped/dried chives from the herbal counter as a green variant to mix with the parsley - if it’s no good I guess I could always smoke it
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Posted: Monday, August 03, 2020 - 05:15 AM UTC
Hi Tim,

The trees are looking spot on, thank you for sharing how you've constructed them, I think I'll be borrowing some of your methodology for my next project, .

Cheers, ,

G
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Posted: Saturday, August 01, 2020 - 01:36 AM UTC
Hi Tim, That looks great! ... Much nicer than the old terminally ill elm in front of my home.🌳🪓
—mike
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Posted: Saturday, August 01, 2020 - 12:24 AM UTC
Many thanks & glad y’all like the artificial horticulture experiments, here’s some more…



The 3rd tree attempt & this time I remembered to take some snaps - step 1 find twig, step 2 tease out the gauzy fuzzy stuff onto the branches…



…step 3 spray adhesive, step 4 sprinkle parsley flakes, step 5 when dry prune/edit with sharp scissors…





A different tree…



…and another…



…and a variant, the live twig…





…and some test shots in the park (but not their final positions) just to see what they look like…





Several more trees & tree-lets required to fill in the white spaces - at least 6 - but it looks like they’ll work OK. There may not be enough colour variation but some light sprays should solve that if it’s a problem, & maybe the trunks aren’t thick enough but by the time it’s done I doubt any will be visible.

Tips - study trees, their branches & layered foliage and spend time getting the gauze to follow those lines – just randomly wrapping it around won’t cut it, trust me. Spray underneath and on the lowest branches first & sprinkle, then work upwards to the top branches one at a time. Successive adhesive sprays also help secure what’s just been sprinkled. It’s easy to get a blobbed effect when too many leaves clump together which is why it’s worth pruning when dry…and I can see some places where these first efforts need some more. However, as I’m discovering when clumped together the trees tend to hide each other’s imperfections.

Apart from believing it looks OK I like it because I don’t need to worry if I have enough material, don’t have to wait for it to arrive from wherever, and it hardly costs anything - these four trees took 1.5 jars of parsley i.e. 60g or US$ 3.
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Posted: Friday, July 31, 2020 - 11:07 PM UTC
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Posted: Friday, July 31, 2020 - 06:30 PM UTC
Hi Tim,

Excellent effort on the park area and the trees.

Michael

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Posted: Wednesday, July 29, 2020 - 04:48 AM UTC
Hi Tim,

Your garden is maturing nicely,...unlike the rest of us, ...really looking forward to seeing it evolve, .

Cheers, ,

G