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closetguy
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Posted - 09/25/2010 :  8:17:57 PM  Show Profile  Visit closetguy's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Hi All. Its been a while since I posted some pictures so I thought it was time to update the tree progress. I've been working on this 5 foot section of the layout for the last 6 months. What do you think so far. Remember this is HO.



The Shack is scratch built using board on board construction.



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TRAINS1941
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Posted - 09/25/2010 :  8:41:34 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Mike

The cabin is nice but those trees are excellent. Nice looking scene.

Jerry


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closetguy
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Posted - 09/25/2010 :  8:49:48 PM  Show Profile  Visit closetguy's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Thank you Jerry
A few more of the tree's





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closetguy
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Posted - 09/25/2010 :  8:50:25 PM  Show Profile  Visit closetguy's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Thank you Jerry
A few more of the tree's





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closetguy
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Posted - 09/25/2010 :  8:57:25 PM  Show Profile  Visit closetguy's Homepage  Reply with Quote
I than realized that a forest on the Pacific would not be complete with out ferns. So here is my first few attempts at fern building.


These were done with a drop of clear silicon and then i inserted individual stems in to the silicone.



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railman28
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Posted - 09/25/2010 :  9:41:21 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Great look trees and ferns. Most of us don't have enough ferns in our forest.

Bob Harris


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closetguy
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Posted - 09/25/2010 :  9:41:30 PM  Show Profile  Visit closetguy's Homepage  Reply with Quote
here are some pics of the cabin build. All my drawings are done with Ashlar Velum's Graphite 2d program
I love designing and than building these little structures. I chose not to detail the interior since it's buried in the forrest. I still need to add log step and firewood to the scene as well as guy setting on the front step. I'm still working on the scenery details.














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closetguy
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Posted - 09/25/2010 :  9:47:23 PM  Show Profile  Visit closetguy's Homepage  Reply with Quote
And than the cabin inserted into the scene



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ChrisS
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Posted - 09/26/2010 :  12:39:50 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Beautiful work on both the scenery and the cabin. Nice job!


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jcoop
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Posted - 09/26/2010 :  01:05:58 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
really nice detail on the cabin

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Sitting along side the orignal Central Pacific Rail Road.

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BBLmber
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Posted - 09/26/2010 :  09:53:21 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Your forest looks great and that is a very nice little cabin in the woods.

Mark


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visman48
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Posted - 09/26/2010 :  10:03:53 AM  Show Profile  Visit visman48's Homepage  Click to see visman48's MSN Messenger address  Reply with Quote
I really like the BIG trees the ferns work, and not to rain on the parade but I recently saw examples of these ferns that had been used in a museum (smithsonian)dioramas..the fern has curled up like some prehistoric plant. I think the trees were 10+ years old. Does any body have a long history of these fern that have been preserved?

I would like to use them in some projects but I worry about the life of the project if this happens.

Les



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closetguy
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Posted - 09/26/2010 :  11:06:08 AM  Show Profile  Visit closetguy's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Good Morning
Les, I think drying out is going to be an issue with any natural foliage material. I'm still having humidity problems in my space and I see the "branches" shape change a little in the different humidity swing. At 40% they are what you see in the picture. At 55%plus they seem to hang just a tiny bit more. Bragdon Industries recommends a spritz of alcohol and glycerin if it starts to dry out. Earlier this year, I wanted to model dead and dying trees. So I took a handful of the product and put it in a 500 degree oven for 45 minutes. It darkened considerably but it never dried out or curled. I have never asked Bragdon how they preserved the product. I assume its alcohol and glycerin. Only time will tell.
Mike M



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visman48
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Posted - 09/26/2010 :  11:55:48 AM  Show Profile  Visit visman48's Homepage  Click to see visman48's MSN Messenger address  Reply with Quote
Mike
Thanks thats great information, I know at the museum the temps and humidity are well managed, I suspect the AC has just dried them out, and when they dry they curl. I have some of these ferns from Joel, and will be using them on an upcoming piece I am doing.

Les



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Frederic Testard
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Posted - 09/26/2010 :  5:10:44 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Nice forest scene, Mike, and very interesting series of pictures about the building of the cabin. Thanks.



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closetguy
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Posted - 09/26/2010 :  6:02:29 PM  Show Profile  Visit closetguy's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Hi All
So the first attempt at ferns has failed. I'm guessing that glycerin and silicone do not mix. As soon. as I touched the ferns they fell apart. The little fronds just fell out of the dried silicone. So I decided to ask an expert. His advice was use acrylic caulk and make them bushier.
Here's my expert examining the new batch. We did a test batch and the caulk had no ill effects from the fronds.


He approves of the new growth.
Mike M



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