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Back Scene Trees; Part-1

Back Scene Trees; Part-1
There have been some interesting videos and tutorials on how to blend in trees from the full 3d placed towards the back edge of your railway scenery, to a 1/2 tree to put on the back scene to ‘blend’ in the transition.

Gormo in Australia showed a simple neat way to take a photo of a free, mount it, and then cut it out with a centre are built up to give a more 3d effect.

I’ve taken this a step further; the trees of your choice are printed in various scales – but now too large as was my first attempt – I model in OO/HO and created a tree suited to G-Scale!

You start with a printed tree. I mount this onto plasti-card so you can handle it better, and then you use very sharp scissors and scalples to cut the shape out.

I twisted a number of short wires together, 2, 3, 4 and 5, to form the familiar twisted wire core. The end which was in the pliers is flattened slightly so the branch sits flat. Then this is shaped and two wires bent down to support the  branch end as the glue sets – I use Copydex / latex-based glue.

Once set, the ends can be reshaped with the other branches to create 1/2 of the tree, taking care not to build the centre of the tree too far out. The branch is covered in filler and a trunk created and detailed. I also paint filler (50% filler, 50% PVA) around the edges of the tree to seal any loose card edges.

I use burnt umber, mixed with a little yellow and a black wash over all the ‘new branches’, and then a dry wash of greens. leaves and clumps will be added, and I have a collection of tea leaves that are great for the underside detail.


I’ll post pictures of the final finished trees, and the various ‘species’ I chose in Part-2


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I started with a train set aged 4. My mother was convinced it was for my father and not me. The first layout we built was a standard 6x4 ply sheet. impossible for a small boy to get across, and impossible for our cleaners to get into my bedroom! when not in use, it stood against a wall, and gradually developed a 'warped-look'! but the smell of smoke generation fluid for my Churchill loco, and lubrication oil still is fixed in my mind! my sister and I added Mini-Trix road with cars and lorries. It was with great regret it was all sold when we moved to the Far East where Dad was posted. Year later as a student I was walking past a Sheffield model shop and an 'HOe' set was on sale. so the bug bit again, and I was the only Geography/Geology student with a train set! It is turn was sold when I qualified. Then years later after settling in Thames Valley and opening my own dental practice - I re-qualified as a dentist - I took over the loft of our house and helped by my two children, we build a huge 'N' gauge layout. but in winter it was too cold to work on, rails shrunk, and fingers went numb! Summer, it was too hot, the rails expanded and buckled, and the chipboard base was a disaster. As my children grew up, there were more exciting things to do, and when the house was sold, the complete layout was dismantled and sold. I kept the 'G'scale garden rail set - this was a swap for dental treatment for one of my patients! After selling my Thames Valley practice, I moved to Hailsham and commuted between the UK and South Africa; one day my work desk became a train layout! that was sold when I moved back home to South Africa. My partner went away for a group drawl with a birthday friend, and the day she left, the local timber yard turned up with the base timber, and foam of the scenery. I created a HO/OO layout on a 6x3 base, and planned it as a series of modules that could be re-configured at shows. My partner was not impressed with a train layout in the middle of our lounge, and then I had my first heart attack, it it stayed, pushed up behind the furniture! after a fire obliterated our garage - it went from full to ash in about 3 hours! it was the fastest clear out possible, but also took out my prized wine collection and tools I used. It was completely demolished and rebuilt! For me there was only one use this empty space should be used for!! So the basis for 'Hambledon' was born. A friend of mine bolted the complete set of modules - I have 4 blank canvases to fill - and Module 1 from the lounge was ceremoniously bolted into place. So while flat on my ass on my various visits to ICU with heart failure, I planned and sketched the different areas; Castle Hill, with the dock and canal below, Brewery Hill , leading to Module 1, and then the last turn around set of tracks below Creamery Rise.

1 Comment

  1. wicky0570

    Wow! Looks fantastic. What a great idea! Thanks for sharing. Will give this a go!

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