The main concern when installing the tree is not the actual installation of the tree but rather installing the ground texture and scenery around the tree without getting unwanted dirt and static grass on the tree itself.
With a bit of care and patience the process went quit smooth. I added some of the ground up leaves around the base and under the tree to simulate fallen dead leaves which really adds to the realistic effect and I placed some static grass tufts (not yet glued in place) to see how it will look.
Additionally in the next video (after the apple tree video) I'm thinking about adding a short piece of paved road to this scene? I'm undecided just now but I'll give it a try and if it looks good I'll make a video for all to see :)
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.
Now that the tutorial for building the incinerator and installing the Seuthe Smoke Generator has been completed, which you can watch on my YouTube channel or via my website, I’m working on the next big project which will be “Realistic Scenery Volume 5” I’ve yet to come up with a title for this video but the general idea is the scene will comprise of a remote road crossing the train tracks with a crossing signal.
So in the meantime while I’m working on “Realistic Scenery Vol 5” I’ll post some shorter videos like this tree tutorial to keep the channel active.
Below is an example of the type of scene I'll be replicating in the realistic scenery video.
So stay tuned for more great videos.
It's amazing how much of an effect a very small detail like this small incinerator make to an already interesting scene! Since my last blog post I've made some changes to the overall setup of the smake generator.
I had to shorten the total length of the tube in which the smoke had to traverse, the smoke itself is quite heavy and dense, I found that the smoke as it passed through the tube was cooling down so much that it would start to sink back down the tube before reaching the top and it would end up billowing out the bottom with the occasional puff making it to the top.
The foam board I'm using has a maximum working temperature of +70º C, it's hard to judge just how hot the aluminum tube actually gets however I've run some test with the tube insulated and I've also tested it with the tube not insulated. With the tube not insulated there was no deforming of the foam in direct contact even at the hottest point on the tube, the fact that I can hold the bare tube for a few seconds before it becomes too hot seems to indicate it's probably hovering around that 70º C mark. Even though it doesn't melt the foam I still insulate the tube as a precaution.
This is how it will look from the base, if you have a plywood base then all the insulating may be unnecessary however you may want to add the insulation as a precaution anyway.
Stay tuned for the tutorial, I've finished filming and now all that needs to be done is the final editing and the script for the voice over. Once the filming has been completed the rest generally flows quite quickly even though the final editing is the most time consuming part... it's like seeing the light at the end of the tunnel, as I get closer to finishing the tutorial I'm more motivated to get it done!