|Supertree embellished with modeling|
putty on the trunk.
One of the comments my brother made about the model trees on the layout was that the trees did not have realistic roots, or nebari as the bonsai people say. So this weekend I decided to do something about it. While I was at it, I started adding some final scenery. Yeah!
I got out my modeling putty. I mentioned this in previous blogs as I used in in figure modeling. But it was ideal to sculpt the roots for the trees. I used Magic Sculpt, but any of the three types in the photo would work. Without heating, the putty cures rock hard in about 2 hours, but can be worked that whole time if needed. You can speed it up by heating it.
The first tree I tried to use the putty on was actually a bare Supertree. The trunks of the Supertrees are too thin as they come in the bag. So I used the putty to build up the trunk and add roots. I did this using a piece of cardboard to help shape the roots, but I immediately realized that it is better to sculpt the roots in the spot where you intend to use the tree.
|Roots on the trees, plus lots of stumps.|
Here are yellow pine trees with roots in place behind Falmouth turntable. I like how the modeled trees
blend with the trees painted on the backdrop.
|With the roots installed, I decided to finish the scenery around Clairborne bridge scene. Wow, after two years I will finally have a "finished" scene to look at. Here is a shot while the scenery is drying, It should lighten up a bit as it dries.|
|PVT McGuirk on sentry duty at the rifle pit over looking the bridge. Note the detail in the roots on the tree at the left.|