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Pine Trees made easy

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This article is simple and to the point. Iím not a person who likes long drawn out processes to a simple conclusion. There are many ways to achieve these types of trees. You can buy different pine tree variations in hobby stores for a good bit of money. Some are very finely detailed but you will certainly pay for that extra finesse. So this is one of the reasons why most modelers decide to take the challenge and try to do things themselves. There is no one way of doing things. Thatís the joy of it all. Variation is the key to enjoying this hobby and the more the variations the better. I hope by reading and viewing the pictures it will make things clearer. So here goes:

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About Charles King (ti)

Charles King hails from Sweden. He has been interested in modeling since he was 12; though there was other interest that took priority at the time, he would eventually fall into the modeling soon enough. Not until recent,in 2002 that his interest was rekindled. While browsing the Internet, he ca...


Hmmm, my grandmother emigrated from a small town near Charles called Aspa Boda. Small world. And great-looking trees.
JUL 02, 2009 - 03:22 AM
Graet information. Short and to the point. Well presented. Why, though, do you paint before applying the preservative? I would think it would be better to preserve then paint. Thanks for putting this together...
JUL 02, 2009 - 08:39 AM
The idea of painting before preserving was to have a matt base for the paint to adhere to otherwise it might lossen up. I maybe wrong, but you can try the other way round if it suits you. As I mentioned, there are more ways to skin a cat. Like to apologies for the quality of the pics. The article was done many years ago.
JUL 05, 2009 - 09:02 PM
Must say I like the bark look achieved with the staining, and also appreciate the total home-madeness of it I've been thinking about some tiny trees for a base I need to make, and this has made me think some more. Actually it reallly made me laugh: after softening us up with the picture of the tiny hand grinding tool at the start, that photo suddenly pops up of the full-on industrial grinder. . .
JUL 07, 2009 - 10:58 AM
Bra jobbat! Nicely done Charles. Great job as usual. Thought you had dissappeared completely from us.
JUL 07, 2009 - 11:36 AM
I know. Actually I wasn't referring to it although it might have looked like I was insinuating.
JUL 08, 2009 - 03:25 AM
Great technique Charles! It's just what I've been looking for so I can complete a dio. I'm working on. Much appreciated!
JUL 13, 2009 - 06:06 AM
I'm glad you found it useful Erik. Thank you. I think this method is a very easy one compared to many others I have read. But that is an individual's point of view of course.
JUL 14, 2009 - 04:12 AM
Congratulation on job well done. The bark on those pines look awesome. Love the scene too in your pictures.
JUL 17, 2009 - 01:55 PM
It would be nice to hear from those that have actually used this article. I would like to know how it turned out. Are you satisfied with this method or was it too complicated? I like to hear what people thought as this is something I do not see from other features. This will encourage others as well. Thanks
AUG 28, 2009 - 07:46 PM