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darthfozzywig Supporting Member of TMP01 Mar 2012 2:27 p.m. PST

As I prepare to glue the bases of these Woodland Scenics trees to some hacked-up CD stands, I wonder…

Do you

1. Buy finished trees
2. Buy semi-DIY tree kits
3. Scratchbuild your trees
4. All of the above
5. Fnord

corporalpat01 Mar 2012 2:41 p.m. PST

Although lately more 3

mex10mm01 Mar 2012 2:45 p.m. PST

I used to scratchbuild my own trees, but I found out that, at least for me, buying the DIY tree kits was more easy and a lot faster. So now I only use "Woodland Scenics" tree kit for the small scales (6mm, 10mm) and ready made or finished trees for the larger scales (25mm/28mm)

taskforce5801 Mar 2012 2:49 p.m. PST


Personal logo John the Greater Supporting Member of TMP01 Mar 2012 3:06 p.m. PST

As the years pass, I become more of a 1 kind of guy.

Striker01 Mar 2012 3:18 p.m. PST

I was a 2 but now a 3. I have enough WS finished that I can play around making my own.

charles popp01 Mar 2012 3:40 p.m. PST

1. K&M for the win.Best trees out there,little expensive but worth it.

Personal logo Parzival Supporting Member of TMP01 Mar 2012 3:45 p.m. PST


& 5.

Just because.

Personal logo ColCampbell Supporting Member of TMP01 Mar 2012 3:51 p.m. PST

1 & 2.


timlillig01 Mar 2012 4:00 p.m. PST

Which one would be buying things that are made to look like plants, but not made for gaming (aquarium plants, holiday decorations), then altering those to make gaming terrain?
I do that, and 3.

Kropotkin303 Supporting Member of TMP01 Mar 2012 4:01 p.m. PST

I like to make mine from rope and feathers for palm trees

or rope and scouring pad covered in clump folliage for deciduous trees

So guess I'm a 3

Personal logo Extra Crispy Sponsoring Member of TMP01 Mar 2012 4:11 p.m. PST

Any tree I made ended up looking like a wood elf's night mare, so now I buy all of them. Just now phasing out my "broccoli trees" from the collection.

Mako1101 Mar 2012 4:24 p.m. PST

1 and 2.

1 for evergreens and palms.

2 for deciduous, using the Woodland Scenics kits, since it's cheaper that way.

richarDISNEY01 Mar 2012 5:18 p.m. PST


DesertScrb01 Mar 2012 5:24 p.m. PST

I spraypaint Christmas decorations meant to go with those Christmas village displays some people like to put up for the holidays:


Frederick Supporting Member of TMP01 Mar 2012 5:41 p.m. PST

1 and 2

Used to be mostly 2 – now mostly 1

Bob in Edmonton01 Mar 2012 5:44 p.m. PST


On a couple of scenic bases I bought finished trees, but the cost was a bit high!

redbanner414501 Mar 2012 5:48 p.m. PST


Personal logo Saber6 Supporting Member of TMP Fezian01 Mar 2012 5:52 p.m. PST

1, 2 (especially the Woodland Scenics "bag o'trees") and 5

galvinm01 Mar 2012 6:23 p.m. PST


Timbo W01 Mar 2012 6:34 p.m. PST

1, and still in the process of doing 3, one day I'll remember where I hid that rubberized horse hair.

cfielitz01 Mar 2012 6:39 p.m. PST


dglennjr01 Mar 2012 6:46 p.m. PST

4 all of the above.

David G.

skinkmasterreturns01 Mar 2012 7:12 p.m. PST

2,sort of.I like to buy the holiday trees and convert them into something other than winter types. I've done from complete scratch,but wouldnt on a regular basis.

Katzbalger01 Mar 2012 7:51 p.m. PST

1 & 2 for palm trees, Christmas decoration trees (which I modify) for evergreens, and scratchbuild for deciduous trees.


chuck05 Fezian01 Mar 2012 8:12 p.m. PST

all of the above.

Arteis01 Mar 2012 9:04 p.m. PST

Making paper kits:


Lonkka1Actual02 Mar 2012 2:45 a.m. PST

1 6 3.

Here is a guide I did for scratchbuilding pines, birches and firs.


Personal logo x42brown Supporting Member of TMP02 Mar 2012 2:51 a.m. PST

4. Increasingly 1 as arthritis makes the hands less useful.


dampfpanzerwagon Fezian02 Mar 2012 3:00 a.m. PST

No 1.

I tend to be on the look-out at various shows – I can usually pick up a couple of trees per show and then I re-model them and base them to fit in with my own terrain style.


Mick in Switzerland02 Mar 2012 6:12 a.m. PST


Alfrik02 Mar 2012 7:16 a.m. PST



Is how I mass produced over a hundred trees with out to much effort.

elcid109902 Mar 2012 7:56 a.m. PST

1 (Old GW, WS and others) and 2 (WS kits)

Altius02 Mar 2012 9:11 a.m. PST

2, usually. Sometimes 1. I've made my own in the past but didn't like the result.

Grand Duke Natokina02 Mar 2012 2:57 p.m. PST

Both actually. I have been considering getting some N-scale trees in the 9 packs and using them for a 72nd scale vineyard.

Personal logo Lentulus Supporting Member of TMP02 Mar 2012 4:46 p.m. PST

2- woodland scenic kits

14Bore02 Mar 2012 5:36 p.m. PST


Toaster03 Mar 2012 1:11 p.m. PST


Battlescale03 Mar 2012 5:02 p.m. PST

2 Woodland Scenic Kits – Because I can't be bothered to scratchbuild a load of trees.

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