For a very long time I have been trying to model gum trees with varying degrees of success however with careful pruning of the sea foam trees I think I've managed to find a much easier method of getting the gum tree look I've been longing for and it's easy to replicate multiple times.
It's a shorter video however these trees will be featuring in a future Realistic Scenery Vol.10, for more information you can check out my Patreon page where I have posted additional info about the next big Realistic Scenery video.
It's going to be a shorter style video on using Seafoam/Super Trees and getting the best results from one packet. If you've ever used Super Tree material you'll have discovered that only a very few trees are actually usable straight from the packet as demonstrated in my previous mine tutorial... However in this coming video I'll be demonstrating how to easily straighten the trees and how to make the trees more durable in order to stand up to a little bit of abuse.
Also this video will include the 'Find Me' challenge so if you want to get your name up on the 'First To Find' leader board be sure to watch the video early 😉
P.S. there is already a clue in this photo 😲
Some of you may recognize them as "Where's Wally" while for those of you in America or Canada you'll be more familiar with "Where's Waldo".
The first to find him and get all the locations correct will go onto the hall of fame page.
Good Luck :)
For the past month I've been very busy designing and building the Mine Shaft tutorial video.
It's full of intricate details like the support beams and LED lighting which needs to be repeated over and over which is why this project is taking quite a while to complete.
As of today I've completed most of the intricate work and I can now focus on the main scenery that will model the surface of the mine.
It's one of the longest projects I've tackled so far and there is a huge amount of footage that I'll need to watch and edit into a tutorial video.
All together there is currently over 15 hours of footage which is the most footage I've filmed for any one video. For every 1 minute of footage I film there is about 5 minutes of work the is not filmed and that's probably being conservative!
Over the past couple of days I've been pushing the laser cutter to it's limits and trying to gut out some very small and intricate parts.
Something I see a lot of up here in Far North Queensland is lattice fencing, I'm not sure if it's just an Aussie thing but it seems to be everywhere.
The laser cutter handled this with easy! it was cut in two parts, a front and a back section that get pressed together.
The next video is underway, I was inspired by one of my patrons who is creating a hanging diorama of Ramses the 1st tomb to push forward the filming of a video I've had on the back burner for some time!
Basically it's a diorama that shows a cross section of an old gold mine, it's as if the earth has been cut away revealing the internal structure of the mine. It's not a quick and easy build because I'm planning to line all the interior walls with plaster castings and rocks as well as include all the support beams and interior lighting.
I've done a couple of test pieces trying out different techniques and I'm quickly narrowing in on an easy to follow method so hopefully people who are interested can follow along and achieve similar results.
Click here for more info: Working on the mine (blog)
Lately I've been watching some fantastic 'Video Podcasts' from Ken Patterson over on his YouTube channel. A few months ago he started a regular weekly show called 'What's Neat This Week' with a focus on the model railroad industry news as well as sharing all the latest innovations, tips, tricks and techniques related to model railroad and model making in general.
If you're not already subscribed I can highly recommend it, especially if you focus is on model railroads! Ken also hosts the 'What's Neat' videos that get published on the Model-Railroad-Hobbyist YouTube channel which are also a must watch for all of you model train enthusiasts.