Sunday, April 27, 2014

Crafting Realistic Looking "Young Ponderosa Pines" from bottle-brush type armatures!

I had fun today making young pine trees to use as "fill" forest or middle ground trees. The foreground trees have even more detail while far background trees are very small in comparison. Here is a chart you can follow if you want to make your own.

Part Four: The Roundhouse Kit (O-Gauge)

Update on the Roundhouse Kit: I added texture to the roof pieces and finalized the windows and other details. The doors on the kit are problematic but I will give it another try at getting them to swing open. I am building this kit without instructions since they were not provided.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Young Ponderosa Pines in O-scale

Here are the results of another round of trying to perfect Ponderosa Pines. I think I'm getting there. Too many tiny needles made their way on to the trunk of the tree but light agitation from a stiff very fine paint brush dipped in paint thinner will remove them. I think this natural tree armature has too much bark texture for a young ponderosa. Other than that, I would be convinced it was pine tree.

Experimenting with "embers" for a forest fire scene

Using full spectrum LED's, foils and color gels, I am able to give the impression of embers glowing in the dirt and debris from a recent forest fire (in O-scale). Now all I have to do is assemble all the components into a very shallow frame or box.

Part Two: Building a Roundhouse Kit by Ross Switches