My Library - Magazine Articles By Category: Scenery - Trees, Shrubs, Bushes

10 Easy Steps to Simple Trees

Magazine:
N Scale Railroading 2005-05/06
Page:
40
Author:
Paul Cassar
Scale:
N
Description:
The author shows how he makes conifer trees using a drill to spin wire around rope fibers.

A Quick and Easy Way of Mass-producing Coniferous Trees

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 1980-12
Page:
87
Author:
Bob Tyson
Description:
The author shows in step-by-step photos how he constructs coniferous trees using trunks from stripwood, and foliage materials from Woodland Scenics.

A Reprise for Weeds

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 1991-06
Page:
69
Author:
Bill Henderson
Description:
The author stumbled on some fiber intended for use in aquarium filters, and discovered a great way to model light, airy brushes.

A Source for Large Pine Trees

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1985-01
Page:
114
Author:
John Nehrich
Scale:
HO
Description:
The author shows how he makes large pine trees from an artificial Christmas tree.

Acres in Inches

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2008-11
Page:
81
Author:
Bill Gill
Description:
Using a thin piece of styrofoam, this article describes how to model what appears to be a deep, dark forest in just around an inch of depth. From the photos it looks to be very effective.

Add a Cornfield to Your Layout

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2006-09
Page:
40
Author:
Cody Grivno
Scale:
HO
Description:
The author shows how he made a convincing cornfield from a Busch kit.

Add Depth to Your Forests

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2000-05
Page:
99
Author:
Bill Henderson
Description:
Using craft stores' "baby's breath" dried flowers, the author describes how he adds 3D depth to the layout's backdrops when modeling dense, distant forests.

Add Weeds to Your Layout

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1995-12
Page:
136
Author:
Sam Swanson
Description:
The article describes how to use jute or sisal twine to make weeds. It includes how to color it, how to add leaves, and how to plant them.

Aspens

Magazine:
N-Scale 2003-07/08
Page:
20
Author:
Kenneth L. Harstine
Scale:
N
Description:
Using insulated wire to simulate the Aspen tree trunk.

Autumn Treetops

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2002-08
Page:
72
Author:
James EuDaly
Scale:
O
Description:
How to make trees with a focus on the Fall season.

Building Forests on the M&K Division

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1990-06
Page:
74
Author:
Don Cassler
Scale:
HO
Description:
The author describes how to mimic forest-covered mountains using lichen held in place by toothpicks. It is more of an overall effect rather than a foreground solution.

Concocting Some Conifers

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1995-09
Page:
66
Author:
Lou Sassi
Description:
Modeling a hemlock, fir, and spruce.

Conifer Trees

Magazine:
N-Scale 2000-03/04
Page:
42
Author:
Paul Rising
Scale:
N
Description:
Using cedar shingles and caspian branches to make conifer trees.

Conifers for All Occasions

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2006-02
Page:
42
Author:
David Popp
Description:
The author shows how he builds conifer trees.

Creating Realistic Conifers

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1988-10
Page:
84
Author:
Laszlo Dora
Description:
A step-by-step guide on how to make conifer trees.

Dandelions

Magazine:
All Scale Rails 2016-01/02
Page:
21
Author:
Bonnie Domrois
Description:
How to quickly and simply model these weeds.

Deep Roots Scale Trees

Magazine:
The Weathering Magazine Volume 1
Page:
44
Author:
Javier Soler
Description:
The author shows how he models a oak tree out of wire and springs, a popular set in Autumn out of soldered wire, and a nordic fir set in Summer out of wood and wire.

Distant Pines

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1999-08
Page:
89
Author:
Earl Smallshaw
Scale:
HO
Description:
Making pine tree silhouettes using shaped metal screen and ground foam.

Don't Let It Stump You!

Magazine:
S/Sn3 Modeling Guide 1996-02
Page:
29
Author:
David Spence
Scale:
S
Description:
The author's company, Master Creations, sells metal stumps. This article covers how to make those stumps look like real wood.

Dyeing Sawdust

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 1973-09
Page:
48
Author:
Dave Frary & Bob Hayden
Description:
The article describes how to take plain sawdust (a popular old method of creating cheap ground cover) and coloring it to suit your needs.

Easy Cedars

Magazine:
N-Scale 2000-09/10
Page:
47
Author:
Paul J. Downs
Scale:
N
Description:
Using the foxtail grass-like weed to model N-scale cedars.

Easy Prairie Grass

Magazine:
N Scale Railroading 2004-09/10
Page:
16
Author:
Mike Pagano
Scale:
N
Description:
Using felt to simulate prairie grass.

Evergreens

Magazine:
N-Scale 1999-03/04
Page:
36
Author:
Todd Gamble
Description:
Using cedar shims and furnace filter material to make conifers.

Fake Fur Grass

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1996-08
Page:
86
Author:
Ken Patterson
Scale:
HO
Description:
Using fake fur, a synthetic material used in making toy stuffed animals, is used to simulate grass fields. The author paints the fur and then adds real soil to make the grass appear patchy.

Fast Evergreen Forests

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2008-06
Page:
57
Author:
Patricia Maxwell
Scale:
HO
Description:
Using materials found in the crafts or floral stores, the author describes how her husbands makes a large quantity of trees quickly. Several methods and tree types are discussed.

Fat-fat Fibers

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1990-09
Page:
74
Author:
Jory S. Tetzlaff
Scale:
HO
Description:
Using carpet fibers to make low-lying bushes.

Finishing the Forest Scene Part 4

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1995-11
Page:
88
Author:
Peter Darling
Description:
This installment covers how to install trees into the layout and how to blend the surrounding areas. It covers modeling leaves, mixing a scenery base cover, and applying that base material.

Forest Modeling

Magazine:
N-Scale 2000-07/08
Page:
72
Author:
Don Ledger
Scale:
N
Description:
Modeling pine tree forests. Detailed instructions, photos, and diagrams for building foreground sisal pine trees.

Growing Tall Grass and Weeds

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 1981-04
Page:
56
Author:
Peter Watson
Scale:
On2
Description:
After preparing the layout's surface, the author uses real hair as the basis for his tall grasses and weeds. Step-by-step photos accompany the text describing how he models them.

Jute Trees

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1983-10
Page:
124
Author:
Irvin Riffel
Description:
Using Jute rope and the twisted-wire technique, the author describes how he made a large quantity of conifer trees.

Landscaping by Guess (and by Gosh)

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1998-08
Page:
82
Author:
Bill Henderson
Scale:
HO
Description:
Blending 3D items with the background, modeling rivers and their banks, building rock out of rotten wood, integrating building flats, and adding vegetation that even surprises the builder him- or herself. Tips include such things as materials such as 3M synthetic steel wool and nylon scouring pads have enough texture to represent brambles and brush as seen on the lower embankment.

Logs

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 1978-05
Page:
53
Author:
Rob Corriston
Description:
Lengths of pine dowels are wire-brushed and poster-painted into logs.

Make Conifers the Quick and Easy Way

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2011-03
Page:
30
Author:
Cody Grivno
Scale:
HO
Description:
Using furnace filters to make conifers.

Making Conifer Trees

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch Volume 28, Number 1, February 2004
Page:
26
Author:
Carl Tuveson
Description:
Using Christmas wreaths (old and new ones found at Hobby Lobby), the author stripped off their branches, painted them with spray paint, dipped them in white glue mixed with water, and sprinkled ground foam to make realistic looking conifer trees in a matter of minutes per tree. They scale to about 20 feet tall in S-scale.

Making Model Trees

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2000-06
Page:
113
Author:
Marty McGuirk
Description:
This article describes how to modify Super Trees to get them to look more realistic.

Making Ponderosa Pines

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2006-08
Page:
54
Author:
Ken Larson
Scale:
O
Description:
The author starts by growing his own seedlings for one or two seasons. They are baked when harvested, then prepared. The article covers in detail how he decorates the trunk and applies branches and greenery.

Making Realistic Palm Trees

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2002-10
Page:
101
Author:
Alden Armstrong
Description:
Research, prototype, and model photos.

Making S-S-S-Scenery Using Woodland Scenics Products Part II

Magazine:
S Gaugian 2005-11/12
Page:
16
Author:
Ken Zieska
Scale:
S
Description:
Using the various scenery kits available from Woodland Scenics, in this installment the author paints the scenery base, applies scenery base texture, adds details, and installs trees. Includes several photos.

Making Small Bushes

Magazine:
S Scale Resource 2015-02/03
Page:
40
Author:
Glenn Guerra
Description:
The author describes how he makes small bushes from dried flowers from Queen Annís Lace weeds.

Making Winter Trees

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2007-12
Page:
72
Author:
Ken Patterson
Description:
The author describes how he uses 26-gauge floral wire to build large, realistic trees.

Making Your Own Ground Foam

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 1979-03
Page:
72
Author:
Paul Caparatta
Description:
Using foam rubber, dye, and a wire wheel grinder to make your own ground foam.

Mass-produced Grass and Weed Details

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2015-10
Page:
64
Author:
Daniel Kleine
Description:
The article describes how to use Aleene's Tacky Glue and a static grass applicator to create tufts of grass and weeds.

Model a Pasture

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2010-09
Page:
28
Author:
Cody Grivno
Description:
The author shows how to use pot toppers (commonly found in crafts stores) to model the uneven pasture. Also includes how to model a watering hole and the pasture's fence.

Model Realistic Tall Grass

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2006-05
Page:
74
Author:
Peter Ross
Description:
The author describes how he used a home-built static-charge applicator (not described in the article) to effectively model tall grass on his S-scale New-Zealand-based layout.

Model Trackside Brush Realistically

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2010-12
Page:
64
Author:
Ken Patterson
Description:
Using Bachmann's wire tree branches, the author shows how he converts them into small trees and bushes, using the standard poly fiber and ground foam approach.

Modeling Deciduous Trees Using Furnace Filters and Weeds

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2003-11
Page:
75
Author:
John Ostler
Scale:
HO
Description:
The author takes us step-by-step through the process of making trees from furnace filter material, and how to make palm-flower trees.

Modeling Foreground Trees

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2005-11
Page:
40
Author:
David Popp
Scale:
N
Description:
Creating realistic scale trees using a Super Tree starter kit from Scenic Express. The author describes his step-by-step process to preparing, soaking, painting, and adding foliage to these trees.

Modeling Realistic Pulpwood

Magazine:
NMRA Bulletin 2002-09
Page:
34
Author:
Larry Cannon
Scale:
HO
Description:
Prototype and model photos of pulpwood stacks and transportation.

More Scenery Details

Magazine:
N-Scale 2002-07/08
Page:
44
Author:
John Gerdes
Scale:
N
Description:
Various topics are covered, including water-worn rock edges, culverts, farm fences, small gates, and tree stumps.

Paper-leafed Deciduous Trees

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 1978-09
Page:
42
Author:
Dean Foster
Scale:
HO
Description:
Using punchings from check-cancelling machines in banks, the author makes leafs for his trees. The tree trunks are made from natural plant materials.

Pine Tree Art

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1988-02
Page:
108
Author:
Carl Caiati
Scale:
HO
Description:
Building western-U.S. pine trees from a dowel as the main trunk, and copper wire for the branches.

Pine Trees

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 1976-10
Page:
56
Author:
John Olson
Description:
The author describes how he builds scale-sized pine trees.

Realistic Trees Made Easy Part One

Magazine:
N-Scale 2003-03/04
Page:
44
Author:
Robert L. Hundman
Scale:
N
Description:
Scale drawings of various trees. Preliminary work includes collecting the "leaves" and covering the armatures. Detailed instructions for Sassafras, Gray Poplar, and Eastern Cottonwood trees.

Realistic Weeds

Magazine:
N-Scale 2005-03/04
Page:
48
Author:
Ken Patterson
Scale:
N
Description:
Making a special tool to easily insert weeds into a foam-based scenery base.

Sagebrush Trees

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 1994-07
Page:
59
Author:
Doug Geiger
Description:
The author describes what sagebrushes are, where the can be found and harvested, and how to use them as the armature for a tree.

Scene Augmentation

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2014-01
Page:
62
Author:
Bob Walker
Description:
Adding several small details near the front of the layout to help tell a story or to draw attention. He gives lots of ideas in this month's column.

Scenery Techniques

Magazine:
3/16 "S"cale Railroading 1991-12/01
Page:
47
Author:
Don Ledger
Scale:
S
Description:
Using colored feather down as vegetation that actually moves with the surrounding breezes.

Scenery Techniques

Magazine:
3/16 "S"cale Railroading 1992-02/03
Page:
58
Author:
Don Ledger
Scale:
S
Description:
Information about how to turn "Scotch-Brite" #220 Heavy Duty Scour Pads into S-scale vines.

Sedum Trees Revisited

Magazine:
S Gaugian 2007-11/12
Page:
32
Author:
Ken Zieska
Scale:
S
Description:
The author describes how he used this natural material to build trees using Paul Scoles' method for tree making.

Spanish Moss for the Swamp on the Crescent Lines

Magazine:
The Marker Lamp Vol 62 #1 2016
Page:
48
Author:
Ken Mason
Description:
Using used Scotch-brite pads to simulate hanging moss from trees.

Splendor in the Grass

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2001-02
Page:
72
Author:
Rene Gourley
Scale:
HO
Description:
Using Silflor grass materials the author shows how he models realistic grass patches.

String Trees

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1986-06
Page:
83
Author:
Art Curren
Scale:
HO
Description:
The author shows how he makes small trees using carpet thread, cotton string, jute, and clothesline material. Each produces a different-looking tree.

Sugar Maple Tree

Magazine:
N-Scale 2005-07/08
Page:
42
Author:
John Palecki
Description:
Using arcwelding cable to make large Sugar Maple trees, the author describes the fairly standard way of making foreground-quality trees.

Tall Timber and Ground Cover for the Forest

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2004-05
Page:
64
Author:
Paul Templar
Scale:
On30
Description:
The describes how he makes the tall trees of western forests using balsawood dowels and a plastic fern material called plumosa. The ground cover section of the article describes his technique for making a junk pile on the ground, but doing it with plant materials.

The Art of Making Trees

Magazine:
N-Scale 2005-07/08
Page:
25
Author:
Ken Patterson
Description:
The author shows how he creates realistic trees using Super Trees material by Scenic Express. They have a nice "airy" quality to them.

The Coiv's in the Corn...

Magazine:
Model Railroad News 2010-09
Page:
96
Author:
Dick Karnes
Scale:
S
Description:
Details, methods, and ideas the author used to overcome his fear of doing scenery and building more complete scenes.

The Scenery Clinic

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2012-02
Page:
56
Authors:
Paul Scoles & Walter Appel
Description:
This installment covers both how to model trees in winter time as well as adding some more random details to an industrial spur, including trash.

The Scenery Clinic Pt VIII

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2010-06
Page:
56
Author:
Paul Scoles
Description:
In this installment, Paul shows how he makes douglas firs.

The Scenery Clinic Pt. IX

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2010-07
Page:
66
Author:
Paul Scoles
Description:
How to model deciduous trees.

The Scenery Clinic Pt. XIX

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2012-01
Page:
78
Author:
Paul Scoles, Walt Appel
Description:
In addition to using cut up leaves for modeling fall leaves, the article also describes how to model patches of snow.

The Scenery Clinic Pt. XVI

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2011-05
Author:
Paul Scoles
Description:
This installment covers how to model deciduous trees using sagebrush armatures and SuperTrees material.

The Scenery Revolution

Magazine:
1:64 Modeling Guide 2010 Winter
Page:
13
Author:
Scott Dunlap
Description:
The author describes Pot Toppers as a product for scenery coverage, and Super Trees by Scenic Express for the trees.

Tips for Making Realistic Scenery

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2007-03
Page:
54
Author:
Patricia & Burton Maxwell
Description:
The author was not happy with her husband's layout scenery, which got her involved in what it takes to create realistic scenery. This article covers perspective and composition, involving trees, background and foreground forest debris.

Towering Timber

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2005-05
Page:
70
Author:
Louis Ullian
Scale:
On3
Description:
Making tall trees is one thing, but making truly towering trees in O-scale is a challenge. The author shows how he makes 100-foot tall trees.

Trees - Cheaper

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch Volume 13, Number 2, April 1990
Page:
19
Author:
Bill Fraley
Scale:
S
Description:
Using the stranded-wire technique, the author describes how he built new trees to improve upon the ones he had previously built. Includes several photos.

Trees and Weeds

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2015-09
Page:
82
Author:
Bob Walker
Description:
The author shares how to dismember a stuffed animal as a source for layout weeds. Also covered are how to use twine and rope for weeds, advice on using natural materials, using commercial trees, learning to make your own, and learning to paint your own backdrop.

Trees Cheap

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch Volume 12, Number 4, August 1989
Page:
10
Author:
Bill Fraley
Scale:
S
Description:
Using left-over Christmas decorations to serve as the basis for S-scale trees. Includes construction photos.

Up The Creek - Modeling a Small Creek Part 3

Magazine:
Model Railroad Hobbyist 2010-11/12
Page:
130
Author:
Charlie Comstock
Description:
Developing a scene that revolves around a large tree.

Weeds Along the Right of Way

Magazine:
Model Railroad Hobbyist 2017-02
Page:
73
Author:
Bill Gill
Description:
Using real lichens, the author shows how to model Goldenrod and several other weed types in various scales. Includes plenty of model and prototype photos.

Weeds and Trees

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2007-05
Page:
70
Author:
Bob Walker
Description:
The author describes the various materials he uses to make weeds, bushes, and trees.

Western Sagebrush

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2005-11
Page:
84
Author:
Harold Minkwitz
Description:
Using fake fur to create sagebrush.

Western Scenery

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2000-04
Page:
106
Author:
Pat Gerstle
Description:
This article covers how to build arid-looking scenery.