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Old 20th August 2010, 13:34   #31
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It's interesting and fun to use a variety of scenery and structure construction methods on a layout. This one sounds interesting and I might give it a try. What is amazing is that in three pages of replies there are only a few photos of trees but not one photo of the use of this material on a layout. How does it acturally work out in practice?

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Old 20th August 2010, 14:59   #32
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I'll try to post some photos over the weekend, Ray.

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Old 20th August 2010, 16:07   #33
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I'll try to post some photos over the weekend, Ray.

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Old 23rd August 2010, 03:04   #34
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This is a couple of the trees made with dried up lilac buds and ground up cushion foam.


Another close-up along with ground cover. I use the same type of foam for shrubbery, just different greens. My base ground cover is dyed sawdust with finely ground and dyed florist foam.


A not so good image of my impression of a swampy area between tracks. The blue and white bits are dyed and plain cone foam ground up and sprinkled in spots where I want to simulate wild flowers.


A better ground cover photo. I also used the fine florist foam dust to sprinkle on the lichen to simulate leaves on larger shrubs.

Hope this helps.

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Old 2nd December 2010, 16:11   #35
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I tried the foam block in a blender with water and a dab of detergent.

Strained it through a sieve.

Worked O K but a bit too uniform in appearance, came out as a fine dust after it dried. O K for manicured lawns. I tried without water using a kitchen grater, less uniform but it had a shiney appearance to it when used on trees.

I get better looking stuff from seat cushion foam. have tried an electric meat grinder which finally snapped but gave good looking foam, blender which is really straining and smoking, and a drill with wire brush. The latter gives some interesting results and different particle sizes

Water based paint works just fine as an adhesive for foam. You have to thin it a bit and add a touch of detergent to break the surface tension.

For me the answer is electrostatic grass as far as realism
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