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Back to the roots - or: Why buy trees?

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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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I made my fir trees using the cornbroom method. The others I picked from garden and baby's breath from florist. I first hold them upsde down and spray with a dark green. Then from the top hit them with red/yellow and orange. SOme brown for the trunks with a brush. Gives a nice Canadian Fall look. Do not have to worry about them getting broke.

This is one group waiting to go on new track.

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QUOTE (Kellerkind @ 13 Oct 2010, 12:02) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>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)

Welcome Jens

When you say needle trees do you mean trying to use actual trees or make your own?

QUOTE (Kellerkind @ 14 Oct 2010, 03:00) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>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)

I made my own pine(needle) trees. Used corn broom, wire and my own grass for needles.

A lot more better pics of mine on this page - just scroll down.

My old track
I used sawdust that I coloured with Crayola paints mixed with water that I used for grass. For the pine trees I sprayed them with glue then sprinkled the grass on them. When dry I sprayed a few times with hairspray.
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