Modelling With Trees - Two Books Vol 1 & 2


Vol 1 
Softback - 92 pages

Trees in the Landscape
Modelling Broadleaf Trees
The Wire Armature
Leaf Pressing
Placement in a Scene
Modelled Examples
English Elms
Winter Oak
Summer Oaks
Silver Birch
Pollarded Trees
Low Relief

Observation is one of the modeller's greatest resources and this is particularly relevant when it comes to scenic modelling in general and trees in particular. There are no drawings or precise dimensions to scale down - just looking at the subject and making our own interpretation of what we see. This free hand approach maybe why some do not enjoy this side of the hobby whereas others positively revel in being freed from the constraints of accuracy to 'do their own thing'.

In the author's view, with some clear ideas of what you want to achieve and a few photos for reference, modelling trees can be a very pleasant distraction from some of the more exacting aspects of the hobby. The variety on offer is endless, constrained only by possible geographical limitations, and many of the species have very characteristic shapes that help to substantiate an intended location.

Through a series of worked examples, all illustrated in colour, the author demonstrates his techniques for creating highly realistic models of broadleaf trees. Volume Two covers the author's approach to modelling conifers. 

Vol 2
Softback - 92 pages

Conifers in the British Countryside
Modelling Conifers
Trunks & Branches
Colour Chart
Static Fibres
Cone-Shaped Generic & Background Conifers
Rubberised Horsehair
Modelling Specific Types of Conifer
Sitka Spruce
Scots Pine
Maritime Pine
Plantation & Single Larches
Log Piles
Home Produced Foliage Mat
Compact & Spreading Yews
Adding Cones
Ivy & Creepers

As with the broadleaf trees covered in Volume One, the author demonstrates his techniques for creating highly realistic models of conifer trees via a series of worked examples, all illustrated in colour.

When it comes to actually modelling conifers, they can be equally impressive as broadleaf trees and many, with a simpler structure, come together quite a bit quicker. Most of the materials and processes are common to both types of tree, but the author also introduces other methods to replicate some of the features exhibited by conifers.

In many parts of the country, the two tree types live side by side and, even if the actual species are not identified, the difference between them is readily apparent. By using differing materials to replicate the leaves, models of both broadleaf trees and conifers can also take on a contrasting appearance and help to portray features of the British landscape in a more convincing way.