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Friday, November 20, 2015


We could use this idea on parts of the hill on the upper loop.
This is used with permission. Tom Patterson uses this method to make a hillside of trees.

I use black polyester fiberfill that I purchased in bulk to make the trees. The photo below shows the "trees" ready to be sprayed with adhesive and covered with ground foam.  The trick here is to pull off a hand-sized clump, stretch it out into a thin line of fiberfill and then then gently bunch the fiberfill together. As you can see from the photo, each "tree" has a unique shape. I grab the tree in the center with long needle nosed pliers, apply adhesive, and then hold the tree in a coffee can half full with ground foam. I shake the can so that the ground foam covers the tree. By shaking the can and the foam around the tree, instead of dropping the foam into the can, the tree tends to maintain its unique shape. I use Woodland Scenics Medium Green and Dark Green coarse turf and Flock and Turf Spring Green Coarse foam for the foliage.

finished trees mounted on tooth picks
Tom Patterson
Modeling the free-lanced Chesapeake, Wheeling & Erie Railroad, Summer 1976

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