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  • Making large, detailed trees.

    I needed some larger trees for my Steve McQueen Le Mans Tribute layout, so here is a step by step tutorial on how I made them.

    Start with a standard twig, and narrow a bit towards the top. This is about 14" tall. The trick is to find one that is fairly straight.



    Next I drilled a bunch of 1/16th in holes in it, including the base. The holes in the trunk are for branches, the hole in the bottom is for a piece of wire to stick into the layout foam. You might find that for some branches you will have to ream the holes out a bit to make them bigger. I super glued the wire in place.



    Next I added branches using a natural material marketed as "SuperTrees". It is sold by Scenery Express. I used gel super glue to glue the branches in place.




    Next I sprayed the whole tree with flat, dark brown spray paint.




    Next I spray painted the foliage parts using flat green. Don't worry if a little gets on the trunk, you can just mist the trunk a bit more w/the brown.




    Finally, a misted on some spray adhesive & sprinkled on some "leaves". I got the leaves from Scenery Express.



    Placed on the layout.



    Looking up at 1/32 scale figure eye level. Any questions?


  • #2
    Those look great!
    Team SCANC
    Woodland Trace Raceway - SlotZuka - Bent Tree Raceway
    OFI - Buena Vista Motorsports Park - Slotkins Glen
    Leadfinger Raceway

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    • #3
      Great how-to post. I've wanted to add taller trees to my layout, but refused to pay what they cost and couldn't make homemade ones that I liked. These look great.
      Rob

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      • #4
        Fantastic...simple but effective...thanks!!!!
        TOM...HOME RACING GOO GOO!!!

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        • #5
          Stellar! They look great and where you put them they should stay safe. If my track did not portray a desert scheme I would give these a try.
          Planning to paint the trunks white?
          jeff

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          • #6
            Those look awesome. Great job.
            Dave
            Dave
            Saginaw Valley Raceway
            Only Rule: Just enjoy who you are racing with.

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