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Trees for St Ruth (Part 2) - First part in personal blog


Ian Smith

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The basic trunk, branches and "twigs" were built up from multicore wire as described in my previous blog entry (http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/index.php?/blog/1009/entry-12142-going-round-the-twist-for-st-ruth-trees-pt-1/).

 

Once I had finalised the shape that I wanted, I attached the base of the trunk into a piece of 5mm diameter brass tube so that the tree could eventually be planted on St Ruth. The base of the trunk was thickened up a bit with some P38 car filler (having first planted the tree in a block of wood separated with a piece of polythene so that the P38 didn't firmly fix the tree to the block!)

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Once the P38 was set, the whole tree was sprayed with self etch primer, and once that was dry it was painted with a grey-green-brown colour (actually a mix of Humbrol Matt 31 (grey-green), and Matt 113 (a brick red colour)).

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When the tree superstructure was dry, the foliage was added using Woodland Scenics "Bushes" applied with tweezers to the ends of the "twigs" with PVA.

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The final product hopefully represents an Oak, this particular tree has been made with a bald back area as it will be at the corner of the small wooded area behind the branch line on St Ruth.

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I'll take it over to Wolvey on Tuesday, and hopefully the rest of the 2mm Midland Area Group will be as pleased as I am with it, and will allow it to be the start of the wooded area.

 

Ian

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Yep, looks like a damn fine oak to me! A few of these should make a very convincing wood, Im looking forward to seeing it planted.

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  • RMweb Gold

Superb job, recreating nature I find far more difficult than following a drawing. You have caught the solid look of an oak beautifully.

 

Jerry

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you could say your work is "coming up roses" sorry I could not resist, but the tree looks brilliant, you will haver to put a post up next about 2mm Squirrels

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The article refered to in part one was by David Scott titled With A simple Twist and published in The Association Magazine in August 1994. Part 2 followd in April 1995. Further notes on a tool to aid the twisting followed in October 1996.

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you will haver to put a post up next about 2mm Squirrels

You didn't see the squirrel then?  It's sitting on the same branch as the wren ;-)

 

 

The article refered to in part one was by David Scott titled With A simple Twist and published in The Association Magazine in August 1994. Part 2 followd in April 1995. Further notes on a tool to aid the twisting followed in October 1996.

Thank you for locating those articles.  I remembered reading them, but didn't want to pass the idea of looping the wire off as one of my own!

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