November 18, 2009 at 10:43 pm #172289Jonathan NelsenParticipant
I am working on a 100 scale site model and am wondering what you guys have used for trees if you have made models of this scale. 3/10″ is pretty small, even at the higher end around like 60′ trees would be hard to model. Any suggestions? Originally I was thinking of creating a bunch of circles in CAD, using the laser cutter and then putting the circles on broken off toothpicks, but again, the scale is kind of a limiting factor. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
Jonathan NelsenNovember 18, 2009 at 10:58 pm #172298Chris WhittedParticipant
We always used little balls of construction paper or dried Baby’s Breath. The architects liked to use balls of styrofoam, clay, or trace. Toothpicks are an option, but thin dowel or wire rods were easier to work with if memory serves. I guess it kind of depends on the level of abstraction and the overall look (delicate and refined or quick and dirty) you intend for the model, and how many trees you’re talking about. Particularly if you’re looking at masses of trees, I’d be modeling the forest and not the trees, if you know what I mean.November 18, 2009 at 11:52 pm #172297Steve_WhiteParticipant
I had a classmate who once used different screws and nails. not sure if that would at all with your concept.
I was always fond of pipe cleaners. wrap it around your finger a few times and you are all set.November 19, 2009 at 1:22 am #172296david maynesParticipant
green pushpinsNovember 19, 2009 at 1:56 am #172295Jonathan NelsenParticipant
All good ideas. I have used different things in my past models including steel wool, wadded up trace, The braided metal wire that you can separate to create the branching structure, etc, but these were at around 20 scale. The model I am working on now is more conceptual, more about massing, scale etc rather than looking realistic or model railroad like, so something like pushpins may work well.November 19, 2009 at 3:21 am #172294ncaParticipant
Map Pins are pretty standard. I’ve also used while working at a bigger firm on a big conceptual model-just silver pins, no heads. It’s the trunk really that needs to read, the rest is a diagram if thats where youre at..November 19, 2009 at 5:55 am #172293neil travis mayesParticipant
when I was in school we would use nails with no flat part/head, very monochromatic.November 19, 2009 at 4:10 pm #172292Andrew SpieringParticipant
I agree. I used map tacks on a model, as well.November 19, 2009 at 6:03 pm #172291Les BallardParticipant
Ask over phone at a dolls house shop – their stuff is bigger but some folk use 1/100 for bigger plots like model villages. One such tip they have is representing soil with dried and ground tea from used tea bags. I have only used, at school for a tudor town made of card, painted brads that you use for nailing on roofing felt which come in different sizes to represnt mature and semi mature trees. Once the top is painted green with gouache you can represent branches or copy an icon for branches with felt tips. If necessary varnish with what you use for watercolour paintings or felt tip ink will smudge.
Luv n Lite and good luck
Les BallardNovember 20, 2009 at 2:56 am #172290Chris LoftusParticipant
For conifers, cut little cones out of household sponges to correct scale and paint (or leave unpainted depending on the sponge/model color). It’s a little labor intensive but inexpensive.
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