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 Posted: Tue Sep 1st, 2009 05:47 pm
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I see what you mean. It looks like you have used a slightly lighter shade of green for the scatter than what you used on the tree. Is that true?

All I have in stock here is a slightly darker green than what I have on the tree. I doubt if that would look as good. I will have to go shopping again!!!!

Thanks Jeff.
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Correct, Wayne. The scatter is lighter (as is new growth on any plant) so it gives the impression of recent growth on the tree. It's surprising how much better just a little thing like that makes the whole look.

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I spray mine with hair lacquer and sprinkle it from above with Fine Turf Yellow Grass, using a nutmeg shaker which had holes about 2 mm in diameter.  The yellow looks like new growth and it can be done with the tree in situ if you want to.  Basically the same idea as Jeff.



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Very nice work, Wayne.

I have used the same foliage and I like it very much although it tends to get brittle after a while.

You could even apply small dabs of paint over the foliage ends to simulate new growth.

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Wayne,

Looks pretty close to the tree to me, nice work.

If I could bounce back at you what you said to me when I did the Larch...

To get this...



to look more like this...



you might need to get the chainsaw out and trim it to shape a bit.

And... also to bounce back at you what you said to me.... It's your tree and I didn't suggest this :lol::lol::lol: It just depends on how accurate you want to be.

 



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Excellent, but I would agree with all the guys, it needs some lighter colour to bring the tree alive, and I also use Hair spray, works a treat

They really do bring the whole scene together :thumbs

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Thanks for all the comments. I agree with what you are all saying. Just need to decide which way to go.

Marty, now I know how hard it was for you to actually start trimming! :shock: I do agree with you though it does need some work in that area.

I am fighting a very bad cold or something right now, so it may well be a few days before I can feel like doing this. Can't even finish typing a sentence without grabbing for a tissue right now.

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Get yourself tucked up in a warm bed, take some paracaetamol with a very hot whisky toddy Wayne - work a treat :cheers

Take care - colds at this time of year need looking after.



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Thanks Petermac! I slept most of this day away. I feel great when I'm sound asleep!

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Get better soon mate, I'm three weeks clear of a recent winter cold, makes you appreciate being healthier.



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yep getting closer to the rum +blackcurrant weather, that`s my defence
system.

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The antibiotics have kicked in and I am feeling a little better. At least now I can stay awake long enough to do something.

So I decided to trim the tree, thanks to Marty's advice, which was my advice, which means, I don't listen to my own advice!

Anyway the first photo shows just how much trimming I did.



As luck would have it, this time anyway, i had some Fine Turf Yellow Grass, so I sprinkled some, but not a lot over the tops of the branches. This is a very old tree (Maple) and does not get a lot of new growth anymore. It did help the looks of the tree though. So thanks everyone for the advice.



Well I guess that if anyone wants to know if a tree can be made from styrene strips, this should answer that question. You have a lot of versatility by using the styrene, because adding branches was very simple, just drill a hole and insert it.

One problem I found though was when trying to add smaller branches to other branches. The bond didn't hold very well. I may try combining other materials with the styrene, like wire maybe. I will have to do some thinking on that.

Still it was a great little project that I enjoyed working on.

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we enjoyed it too Wayne,it all helps when we decide to have a go.

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A very nice tree you made there.
I know down at my shops a tree like that would cost almost a whole months of pocket money. Did that work out cheaper then buying a pre made one?

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Great tree Wayne, :hmm

Lets see, I'll do you a deal, 20 of my twisted wire ones for 40 of your styrene ones. HO to N see? Equal amounts of materials :thumbs



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Isn't it just amazing how logic can look different from different directions! :mutley:mutley:mutley

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Well, it was worth a try :thumbs

Nice tree.



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A truly excellent result, Wayne :thumbs

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