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This blog is about my current model railroad layout project; The N scale "Summit" layout, which is a freelanced interpretation of the Southern Pacific Tehachapi tunnels and their surroundings. Or at least, that is what it is meant to be. What it will turn out to be is another matter. The banner photo above shows what I want to recreate in N scale.

Trees – final cut

Scenery Posted on Wed, September 07, 2011 20:12:21

I was not entirely happy about how the trees turned out (see previous post). Something was wrong but at first I could not really see what. But after a while I realized that the tree trunks were simply too long.

So one by one I popped the trees out out, cut off a piece of the trunk, and put them back. This is the result.

A big improvement, I think, compared to this which are the same trees before the cut.


Scenery Posted on Wed, September 07, 2011 15:07:36

I finally came around to do some trees. It is not only laziness that has kept me. I have also waited for the live bush, a Spirea bush, I wanted to use to reach the proper state. This is what the Spirea looks like when it blooms.

Around this time of year the flowers have withered and can be “harvested”.

After some pruning I ended up with this little forest of various size trees.

A piece of extruded foam is ideal to stick the trees into while being made over.

Next I mixed some water and white glue in a plastic bowl. More water than glue. A kind of milky liquid is good. Then I dipped a “tree” in the glue mix…

…and then into a plastic container with some Woodland Scenics turf. When needed, I used my fingers to scoop and sprinkle the turf so that I got a good cover.

I actually had two jars. One with Burnt Grass Turf and another with Green Blend. To get some variation I used the burnt grass for some trees and the green blend for others. Some of them even got a little of both. Here is a finished tree, with the green blend…

…and the complete batch.

Finally, I planted the trees on the layout. This batch was enough for the area around tunnel #16.