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    Western-style mountains and pine trees just have to go together. Now modelers, in all scales, have a choice of kits to construct the most realistic pine trees possible.


    Scenery Products Co. offers this kit for six pine trees. Each "trunk" is approximately 14 inches high - about right for most HO mountains but suitable for 0 or N scales as well.
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    PAGE 54 TOP: An imported and dyed natural foliage is supplied in bulk form with the Scenery Products tree kits. Each "branch" must be picked from the pile with tweezers and dipped in white glue.


    PAGE 54 RIGHT: The "trunks" are pre-drilled to accept the "branches." The work will go faster if you open each hole a bit with the tip of an icepick. Fit glue-dipped ends of the "branches" in each.

    PAGE 55 TOP: Pick over the piles of "branches" to sort out the longer and shorter pieces. Start at the bottom of the "trunk" with the longest pieces, working the short pieces into the tree's top.


    PAGE 55 BOTTOM: The tips of the branches can be trimmed, when all the holes in the trunk are filled, to even out the appearance of the tree's shape to more realistic proportions.

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    PAGE 56 TOP: Finished tree can be sprayed with a light coat of dark green and thinner to help tone down the bright green of the foliage. An occasional branch can be sprayed light tan.

    PAGE 56 BOTTOM: The tree is inserted in the pre-glued hole. A bit of plaster can be spread around the trunk base to simulate roots.

    PAGE 57 TOP LEFT: You can install the completed pine tree anywhere in the scenery. Drill a quarter-inch hole in plaster mountain or tabletop.


    PAGE 57 BOTTOM: Amron Products can supply components to make a variety of pine tree types. Foliage and trunks are supplied in separate packages. Drill holes for each branch with a No. 60 drill bit.


    PAGE 57 TOP RIGHT: Spread a thick bead of white glue around the hole drilled to accept the completed tree. A few trees will simulate a forest.

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    PAGE 58 TOP LEFT: The Amron pre-dyed foliage is sorted for size, and the larger pieces glued into the holes in the trunk with smaller pieces top.


    PAGE 58 BOTTOM LEFT: You can grow your own realistic foliage to fit Amron trunks. Nursery supply - stores can usually supply potted Asparagus Fern that can be cut from the plant once or twice a year, dipped in thinned paint, dried, and glued onto the tree "trunk."


    PAGE 58 BOTTOM RIGHT: Northern California members of the National Model Railroad Association carved the trunk for this five-foot high HO scale pine tree from an actual railroad tie taken from the Russian Gulch Logging Railroad. Branches are Asparagus Fern.


    PAGE 59: This realistic stand of pine trees, on the Pasadena, California Slim Gauge Guild's pike, has trunks carved from cedar shingles with Asparagus Fern branches. Note stumps and fallen tree.

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    • Original Author 1001 Model Railroading Ideas
    • Source 1001 Model Railroading Ideas
    • Publication Date Winter 1970

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