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Big Old Trees
7'' - 7 ½'' Big Old Trees (2/kit)
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by: Frederick Boucher [ JPTRR ]


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Big Old Trees (2/kit)
Size: 7" - 7 ½"
Item: TK 26
Series: Large Tree Kits


Woodland Scenics was an early pioneer of metal model tree models. This kit includes 2 bendable and paintable lead-free metal tree armatures and dark green Foliage of 7 to 7 ½ inches.

Introduction

So, you’ve just built your masterpiece and now you want to display it with scenery. And you’re at your LHS (local hobby shop) or a model show and you are simply bewildered by all of the tree models available. What do the kits look like built-up? Let’s see, welcome to this demonstration of Woodland Scenics Big Old Trees!

Woodland Scenics is a pioneer of realistic model scenery. I have been buying their trees and groundcover, buildings and accessory products for my railroad and dioramas over thirty years ago. Woodland Scenics expanded their product lines to include cast metal buildings and vehicles, man-made scenery (a.k.a., junk piles), hundreds of plastic figures, glues, water simulating resins, plastic vehicles, plastic trees, static grass and natural fiber grass, rock molds, talus, earth color paints, foam layout terrain systems, and a series of craft and hobby sets.

7"- 7 ½" Big Old Trees

First, some safety information. Many models are made of soft metal. Soft metal used to mean lead. Woodland Scenics notes on their website that their 7"- 7 ½" Big Old Trees (2/kit) models are now made of lead-free metal. I do not know when they made the change from lead although the label on my box is dated 1991 and warns that the models contain lead. Please read the labels. Wash your hands after handling any of these items.

Two big old deciduous trees are in the box with a sheet of foliage foam and an instruction sheet. Fine bark detail is cast on part of the trunks; about 1/3 of the trunk does not have bark detail. I considered roughing up the soft metal with a wire brush. A seam line runs along the structure. I did not think it looked significant enough to cut away.

The trees are packed in the box flat. You have to bend the boughs. Because of the casting mold, the boughs are only on two sides. Bend the armatures to the shape of the tree you want. Be careful as the smaller branches can break off easily.

After I bent the branches, I heavily coated the trees with a simulated rock spray paint. It did not seem to adhere to the lead well so I suggest first priming the trees with a conventional paint: I will on the next trees I make. After the faux stone paint dried it looked pretty good. One of the trees I later shot with a conventional light tan.

Following the directions I tore small pieces of foliage from the sheet. Stretch them out randomly and don’t worry about bits of foam falling off the fibers. You can use the detritus as leaf litter.

I stretched the foliage across branches coated with glue. Woodland Scenics tells us to trim away unwanted strands of foliage fiber and spray the foliage with hair spray, spray lacquers, etc., to help the foliage hold its shape.

The uniform color of the foliage is authentic, but bland. It is easy to sprinkle on random pieces of different colored material to simulate young, or dead, leaves.

Size. Seven inches -- how tall is that in your scale?

    * 1/32 to 1/35 = 18⅔ to 20 feet
    * O (1/48) = 28 feet
    * 1/72 = 42 feet
    * HO (1/87) = 50¾ feet
    * 1/100 = 70 feet
    * 1/144 = 84 feet

Conclusion
These trees are basic structures. Without the foliage they look like a dead tree with all but the biggest branches blown off. You can add finer armatures made of wire, twine, natural material – whatever your pleasure. They can be enhanced. Different foliage and fiber can be added to build up the canopy the way you want to. These models are easy to use. They look good. Recommend.

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SUMMARY
Highs: Easy to use. Can be formed to your idea of a tree.
Lows: Bending the branches too much can break them. The trunks only have branches on two sides.
Verdict: These models are easy to use. They look good.
Percentage Rating
70%
  Scale: Other
  Mfg. ID: TK 26
  Suggested Retail: $21.99
  Related Link: 7''- 7 ½'' Big Old Trees (2/kit)
  PUBLISHED: Mar 22, 2012
NETWORK-WIDE AVERAGE RATINGS
  THIS REVIEWER: 87.00%
  MAKER/PUBLISHER: 84.89%

About Frederick Boucher (JPTRR)
FROM: TENNESSEE, UNITED STATES

I'm a professional pilot with a degree in art. My first model was an AMT semi dump truck. Then Monogram's Lunar Lander right after the lunar landing. Next, Revell's 1/32 Bf-109G...cried havoc and released the dogs of modeling! My interests--if built before 1900, or after 1955, then I proba...

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