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Back to the roots - or: Why buy trees?

10152 Views 26 Replies 13 Participants Last post by  Robert Tavington
Hi slotfreaks,

a few days ago I posted a few pictures of my Testtrack here ( There were lots of compliments and questions about my trees. I am a big fan of scenery on slottracks. I like it maximally realistic but minimal expensive. This led to some trees mostly found in nature. Combined with little green out of the model-shop (I prefer Heki, order number 1671 "bushes and trees medium green". They can be put into little pieces an leed to an enourmous result. ( Here are some pictures. All these little branches where taken out of the forest last sunday. They are not treated yet, so imagine what potential they have when you take away a little thing here and there or add something elsewhere. If wanted I can post the progress of making them to trees.

This is blueberry for example. They will give great roadside-trees.

This is Erica, older one out of forest. The ones from the shop dont reach that size.

This is one of my personal favorites: Fat hen. As solitaire it looks little boaring...

...but in combination with arcacia: I like it! Note the shadows,too! Remember: Untill now all is natural, even now it looks great. Now it has to be cut a little here or there, the natural leaves/flowers have to be taken away and replaced by the Heki-ones from above. I did about 35trees like this for less then 20Euro!
How do you produce most realistic trees, do you have ideas,too? I would be very interested to know!

Regards Jens (Kellerkind)
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Hi Lloyd, Ember, Thairacer and all the other tree-freaks. Before posting further more, I have to order some Heki-leaves for this project first. I guess this will take a few days. But be shure: You wont be forgotten! You can possibly use the time for a walk through the forests? But beware of steeling your neighbours fat hen!
Regards Jens (Kellerkind)
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Yes! Thats exactly what you need! They will make great little roadside trees. The rest wont be difficult. I hope my ordered leaves arrive soon. Regards Jens (Kellerkind)
Hi black3sr, I see! I tryed your method greencolored with fat hen, I havent been so happy with that. I guess it was because the little flowers of the hen where too big and the leaves appeared too tight (I always prefer an open look where you can see more of the wood, lets say like springtime). I think this method could meet my needs using flowers like yours in areas of the track farer away from drivers or when trees of forest have to stand tighter to each other in some areas. The red-orange-yellow colored style gives a nice look, too. If you are fan of authumscenery: Did you try birch-seed? They look great as fallen down dead leaves. By the way, did anyone try needletrees, too? Thanks, Regards Jens (Kellerkind)
Hi Bill,
I mean making model-needle-trees on my own.
By the way, Heki-stuff arrived yesterday - only have to find some time for production, photographing and posting.
Regards Jens (Kellerkind)
Hi Bill, what does "Your own grass" mean, do you produce it on your own? Needle-idea with grass is great, I should work on this!

Hi Treefreaks, now watch this. Dont be surprised how easy things go:
First step is to take a walk. In my case I found a nice bush right in our garden, not even knowing that it grows there!

Second is to take off the naturak flowers and leaves. Further you have to think about the arrangement: As natural wood mostly has its little branches in only one direction in might be necessary to arrange them in groups to get an natural "growtheffect" again. Try to estimate the needed heighth; usually they look better on the track when not too big. Remember: Once cut they dont grow any more
! Dont cut length of the branches in this stage, possibly take out one or another if they appear too tight. Like winterarrangements? Stop working here and plant them on track!

Now here is the stuff of desire: Heki #1671 middlegreen.

As the parts of the stuff are too big typically and leaves are too tight, devide it into smaller parts and take off overflowing leaves by pressing with the fingers smoothly.

Put them between branches like desired and fix them with a little drop of highspeedglue.

In the end cut off too long branches. Not really tricky or even magic, isnt it?

Dont they look great?
I guess I will post other trees next, have fun, Regards Jens (Kellerkind)
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Hi treefreaks, tryed the erica today. Procedure is same as described above. Now watch the result! Guess I have a new favorite
. I guess the trick is the combination of natural and artificial items? The Heki in my opinion does a great job!?

Regards Jens (Kellerkind)
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Hi guys, did a little treebuilding-tryout today. Here is a combination of arcacia, erica and wild apple
. Do you still need more
? Regards Jens (Kellerkind)

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Hi Graham, breaking is not so a big proplem, I think. I avoid to plant in "flyingareas" and if necessary put some mecanicaly-breaking-item in front (wall, fence, stone, bush...). Erica, Fat hen and blueberry stay relatively elastic anyway, more problematic are arcacia and other trees. Especially erica seems to be easier pulled out of the ground if not fixed with at least one pound of plaster than beeing broken...I would be very interested in your testing-results. Regards Jens (Kellerkind)
Hi guys, thanks for your input!

@Stefan: Great idea, works really fine - the trees seen on the photo directly above the shed are made with this method:

Regards Jens
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