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Postby demaine22 » Wed Jul 18, 2012 2:57 pm

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Postby Steve Bennett » Wed Jul 18, 2012 8:46 pm

NarrowGauge wrote:.....is going to be placed outside the track loops instead of inside like I was planning.
So now on the inside there is going to be a large (large-ish) tree with a park bench or picnic table under it.


Yes, I like that idea, the tree scene would make a better centrepiece than the ticket office and makes more sense. You wouldnt want people crossing the tracks to go and buy a ticket :lol:
You will also need a footpath from the ticket office, to where the passengers get on the train. To the left would seem most logical, as they would then buy the ticket on the way to the train.
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Postby NarrowGauge » Sun Jul 22, 2012 4:41 am

SoI have been working on the tree for the middle of the layout ...
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It currently stands about 35cm high making it just over 27 scale feet tall.
Just need to wait for it to dry fully so I can paint it and add foliage.
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Postby Adrian » Sun Jul 22, 2012 4:56 am

G'day Tess
Just need to wait for it to dry fully so I can paint it and add foliage.

Leaf by leaf :?:

Looking good.
Nice size.
Looks as if it belongs (even before its first coat of paint.)

By the way are those mushrooms/toadstools I spy near the roots ?

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Postby NarrowGauge » Sun Jul 22, 2012 5:12 am

Adrian wrote:... By the way are those mushrooms/toadstools I spy near the roots ?


Hahahaha, no just drops of "No More Gaps" but thanks for that awesome idea.

Oh and no, while I do like realism, I'm not going to add foliage leaf by leaf. I will most likely use the Woodland Scenics faom stuff.
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Postby Glen A » Sun Jul 22, 2012 5:55 am

What a great Tree, Tess! 8)
I Hope you are proud of that effort.
I would be if I had done something that good!

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Postby Steve Bennett » Sun Jul 22, 2012 10:41 am

The tree is looking very good Tess and at that size, should be pretty impressive. Go for it with the toadstools/mushrooms, it will add another bit of interest, easy to make too.
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Postby Moronguhl » Sun Jul 22, 2012 9:34 pm

Just another 'looks stunning' comment! I love the knotty hole in the middle of the trunk. If it were a full woodland scene an owl might look nice. :D
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Postby Adrian » Sun Jul 22, 2012 11:59 pm

G'day Tess

Remember that if you do add some toadstools you will also have to model a caterpillar and a hookah.

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Postby demaine22 » Mon Jul 23, 2012 12:47 pm

Great looking tree Tess.

It's going to make a great centre-piece.
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Postby Simon Andrews » Mon Jul 23, 2012 1:49 pm

The tree is looking good Tess. How did you make it?

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Postby NarrowGauge » Sun Aug 05, 2012 10:50 am

So I had several attempts at getting the colour right on the tree.
Initially I’d based it upon burnt umber but that was way too dark even mixing in white. It just ended up a muddy Yucky colour.
So after a trip to the arts and craft place I picked up Jo Sonjas paint called Provincial Beige.
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Next the tree got a good all over coating of this colour.
I then did a dry run of foliage placement and very quickly discovered that there wasn’t nearly enough branches.
So I twisted some addition copper wire in and around the branches, covered them with some no more gaps and painted.
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Allowing it to dry in the lovely sunny day we had here today and then added a bag and a half of foliage
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To get a bit of variation in the colours of the leaves I painted a couple of bits with the cheap Heriatge Green spray paint.

Very happy with the results :)
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Simon Andrews wrote:The tree is looking good Tess. How did you make it?
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It started with this ...
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4 pieces of inch square balsawood about 2 ½ inches long glued together with another inch square piece about 4 inches on top.
Then I hacked, cut and sanded down to a basic tree shape.
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I added bits of floristry wire twisted together and poked into some holes in the balsawood.
Once a tree stape is formed each branch is covered with no more gaps and allowed to dry.
Oh and the trees’ root are simply built up layers of no more gaps as well.
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Postby Simon Andrews » Sun Aug 05, 2012 12:54 pm

Thanks for that Tess :D The tree will form a nice centre piece to the micro.

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Postby Adrian » Mon Aug 06, 2012 2:29 am

G'day Tess

Just love the way that the tree has come along :D :D

The photo where it was just the trunk with the new branches added was a bit worrying, to my eyes, but the next one with the foliage blew me away.
It really looks fantastic.
Just like one of the (real) ones just across the road :D :D

Very happy with the results
And I should think so to. :!:

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Postby NarrowGauge » Mon Aug 06, 2012 12:18 pm

My Lady with the eggs was getting tired of standing so I decided that it was time to make the bench seat for under the tree.
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The ends are made from 2mm brass angle and 1.5mm square tube. The arms rests are 1mm round rod bent into shape and then everything was soldered together while it was kept in place with a bit of double sided tape. Once cooled and cleaned up with a couple of quick strokes of the file. It was spray painted Heritage Green. Next the wooden planks where added with some drops of supa glue.
It's just siting under the tree ath the moment but it will be blended into the ground a bit better with the application of some taller weeds and the like shortly.
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Postby Glen A » Mon Aug 06, 2012 7:52 pm

Nice work on the bench.
Looks good! 8)

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Postby Steve Bennett » Tue Aug 07, 2012 8:33 am

Very clever to use the angle to attach the planks to Tess, must remember that little trick.
Love the way the layout is coming together.
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Postby demaine22 » Tue Aug 07, 2012 8:33 am

Neat job! Very nice!
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Postby Tomo » Tue Aug 07, 2012 11:33 am

Project is developing lovely!


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