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Mesquite trees
Posted by mreagant on Friday, August 13, 2021 7:41 PM

I thought I posted this earlier today, but can't find it. Looking for advice about making HO scale mesquite trees.

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Posted by RR_Mel on Saturday, August 14, 2021 3:29 PM

The easiest would be use old dead Mesquite branches.  When I lived in New Mexico Honey Mesquite was everywhere, not so much here in the California San Joaquin Valley.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ia_0x3v4CSA

 



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Posted by mreagant on Saturday, August 14, 2021 3:47 PM

Much of my layout is set in West Texas where there's plenty of them. I have some dead tree twigs that would work just fine for the armature, but I haven't seen any anything available that would work for the leaves.

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Posted by RR_Mel on Saturday, August 14, 2021 4:05 PM

A green flocking material?  I'm not aware of a flocking that resembles the Mesquitte leaf.





Mel
 
Modeling the early to mid 1950s SP in HO scale since 1951



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Posted by mreagant on Sunday, August 15, 2021 12:07 PM

That's what I'm trying to  represent. Most main line scenic material is too clumpy. The color is lighter than what's usually available.

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Posted by selector on Sunday, August 15, 2021 12:12 PM

My first thought is a scale fern.  If anyone makes something halfways credible, even in N scale, you might be able to craft mesquite trees.  T'would be a ton of work, and a labour of love, but.....

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Posted by 7j43k on Sunday, August 15, 2021 2:12 PM

Maybe photoengrave the leaves?

 

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Posted by RR_Mel on Sunday, August 15, 2021 2:54 PM

I did a bit of searching and found this site.

https://www.etsy.com/listing/714562725/6-stems-7-sesame-fern-pick-plastic?ga_order=most_relevant&ga_search_type=all&ga_view_type=gallery&ga_search_query=plastic+mini+ferns&ref=sr_gallery-1-11

There were a lot of taller Mesquite trees south of Carrizozo NM that the ranchers would pull out in late fall.  I would get a few pickup loads every year for fire wood, Mesquite burns quite hot and smells very nice mixed in with aspen.


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Modeling the early to mid 1950s SP in HO scale since 1951



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Posted by mreagant on Sunday, August 15, 2021 4:23 PM

Since I don't need more than 6 or so, I'm just going to play around with some green flakes I have and use some fairly realistic dried twigs I've got. We'll see.

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