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Back to the roots - or: Why buy trees?

10177 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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I'm experimenting with trees at the moment. It seems to me that oily plants like rosemary and lavender are more likely to bend than break when bashed. They have great texture too, especially the rosemary.
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)
Trees produce very easy!
Hello Jens,

In the past, I've also built a tree with Heki 1671st

I have in the last days times easily and quickly produced a tree that is impressive in my opinion.

On my last walk in the woods I noticed some plants from which one can make a tree.
First I sprayed the dried plant at the crown with clear varnish (resin) and then sprinkled with green turf.
The whole I have a few times until I achieved the desired result.
Here are the results:

right the untreated plant is seen, left, the finished tree

Here is a picture of the bedding material ...

The construction period is approximately 15 - 20 min.

Ifs, like a lot of fun during rebuild


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Some great looking trees there.
If you`re lazy like me, Pendles have a half price sale on their Woodland Scenic trees & accessories this week!
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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Thanks to all contributors. The trees look really great. I be trying later this winter.
Good day all,

it seems some of the old pictures are no longer available. I am currently testing and working on trees of my own. I would love to see the pictures from the early posts, if possible :)

Best regards
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