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From etched brass... to a Tree
A friend recently saw our new Photo-etched Bare Tree Frames and graciously agreed to build-up a few samples for us to display. What we eagerly anticipated as a "few samples", turned out to be a spectacular group of small dioramas that our photographs don't do justice. Pictures of these stunning little trees can be seen by clicking on the Examples buttons next to the products on our Photo-etched Bare trees page.
The friend? His name is John McCarthy. A long-time hobbyist, who's expert N-scale modeling skills have produced some of the finest conifer trees (Douglas Fir, Hemlock, Pine, Spruce, etc.) we've ever seen. Truly amazing! For another look at John's talent, be sure to check out his Limited Space Layout in the May/June 2004 issue of N-Scale magazine. You won't be disappointed.
We spent some time going over the procedure he used to build-up our trees and have reproduced it here as a guide to help you easily and quickly make trees. With a little practice, you should be able to build a incredibly life-like tree in about 15-20 minutes of your time.
Here's how to make a tree... John's way:
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Since we'll be working with etched parts in brass frets, the same basic work area preparation will apply as is outlined in the How to links for our other Photo-etched Products. Most of the same cutting and bending hand tools will be used, but there are a few additional aids that will simplify the tree making process. These are:
Some supplies needed for making our trees are as follows:
If you plan on adding foliage to your trees, there are two methods:
Flocking: (typically, ground foam) AMSI or Woodland Scenics products are available in most hobby shops. The AMSI foam is ground a bit finer. Both are good and have a decent variety of colors.
Etched Foliage: Check out our Etched Foliage products here or select it from the Photo-etched Products page. Adding this product to our larger tree frames (such as the NS041) will produce dramatic realism. These products are also excellent to improve plastic tree armatures and those made from wood cuttings.