Something you don't see much of on model railroads are models that accurately show the roots. That's why I decided to film a new tutorial video detailing an easy... yet somewhat time consuming way of making a very realistic tree which really shows of the roots.
The image above shows the completed apple tree with birds, roots and all, I'm in the process of carefully installing the tree to ensure the roots get highlighted.
That's one main problem with these types of trees, they take a bit of time and pre-planning to install but provided you have just a small amount of patience you'll be more than happy with the result and realism that these type of trees provide.
The two images above show the tree in it's bare wire state and then in the second picture you can see the tree installed and embedded into the ground. The ground is simple Plaster of Paris and the tree is carefully pressed into position.
Below you can get a good idea of how the latex covering and foliage sits over the wire under-frame of the tree. Basically the two images above were combined to show how the wire frame looks superimposed over the completed tree.
I've almost finished the tutorial for making this tree and I'll post an update once it's completed. It's a great little tree and I'm sure a lot of you will really enjoy having a go at this one.
When I'm not working or spending time with the family I'm building models.