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 Posted: Mon Apr 20th, 2009 09:17 am
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Marty wrote: Variation in foliage colour make a big difference in my opinion.
What method did you use to make up the trunks, twisted wire with a polyfiller/pva coating or hot glue maybe?


Thanks for the positive comment, Guys. I think I can answer both Marty's and Ken's queries here.    ....    The method used to construct the armatures was taped wires with twisted wire upper branches, covered with PVA, then dabbed with Greenscene "flexi-bark" and painted. A detailed "how to" I did some time ago, can be found in the Scenery section under "making wire framed trees - part 2"

The foliage is built up with small patches of suitably shaped foliage mat stuck to the branches with neat PVA (I use Heiki No 1601 & 1602) and when dry lightly highlighted by spraying with hair spray and then dipping in leaf cover material (again I use Busch 7312 & 7311) Both the Heiki foliage mat and the Busch leaf cover are described as "dark green" and "light green" and combine well together to give the correct variation in colour needed.

I should mention that I have used quite a lot of different materials for tree covering, including Woodland Scenics and Greenscene foliage materials. I remain convinced that the small extra cost of the Heiki and Busch products are well worth the extra money, giving a far superior result to the cheaper imitations.

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 Posted: Mon Apr 20th, 2009 11:29 am
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 Looking good Jeff, it's nice to see some 'proper' size trees for a change :thumbs



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Good point, Kev! These are trees of serious proportions and it goes to show that they don't look out of place at all.
I know we've had this conversation elsewhere but I agree that the Heki foliage is streets ahead of the Woodland Scenics. I have no experience with Busch or Greenscene.

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 Posted: Tue Apr 21st, 2009 09:51 am
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Strangely enough, I don't like some of the Busch scatter, but 7311 & 7312 ( both described as "Leaf Cover") are excellent for this job.

I recon that a complete study of all the scenic materials available, would produce a large variety of manufacturers that would be best for individual applications, but Woodland Scenics would come out as best overall.

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I think that the warehouse looks brill, are you going to light it.

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Alan wrote: Jeff

I think that the warehouse looks brill, are you going to light it.

Thanks Alan.

No, I'm not going to light it, it may well only be used for the Bristol show and then be scrapped. Belle View is due for retirement after Bristol, so plans are afoot to break it up, leaving only the MPD yard to form a smaller shunting layout.

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I'm hoping to make the Sunday afternoon of the Bristol Show, will you still be there then Jeff :question

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Possible but not certain, Alan.

I'm helping to pack up at the club on Wednesday, at the venue setting up on Thursday, putting final touches and then opening on Friday and then all day Saturday. Others not available on Thursday / Friday are on the rota for Sunday, so my attendance is optional.

If anybody is coming while I'm there, they should PM me by Tuesday of next week and I can arrange to meet up outside and get them in as my guest.

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Well if you are going to be there on Sunday afternoon, it would be good to meet up, if not then I hope that the show goes well for you all.

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Well i reckon you have done the club proud jeff and should take great pride in what you have done :pathead.

I would love to come along and meet up with you but alas it is too far for one day and i am working until Sunday. Maybe one day i shall meet my ickle welsh wizard, hopefully not in the 2 distance future.

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That should have them rocking in the aisles Jeff.

Hope you have a good show - wish I could be there. :cheers



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Look out, rjr.  Here comes Jeffrey!  It's a beauty.



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Well done Jeff. That's a terrific corner. I wish I could be at the show.

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Nice job Jeff but please take this photo again without the cord trailing over it? ( My Photoshop skills are not up to it)


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The cord is the Lenz handheld and is in the photo because I took it when we were having a running session.

At the show the layout will be run from behind and I'll take another photo then. :thumbs:thumbs

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Dont know how you did it but it looks like a damp, drizzley day here, amazing



and this is just top work Jeff


can you do that in N scale ;-)

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Lawrence wrote: Dont know how you did it but it looks like a damp, drizzley day here

That is because he sneezed just as he took the picture :mutley

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