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Personal logo miniMo Supporting Member of TMP06 Nov 2017 9:20 p.m. PST

I'm looking for something to use for 28mm apples for modelling an orchard.

Woodland Scenic's apple trees and 'fruit' are tiny HO size, ~1mm or less.

The particular variety I'm modelling has large green apples Newtown Pippin, a colonial favorite! ~10cm diameter, so ~2mm scale version would be perfect.

Tiny 'seed beads' aren't particularly spherical and won't do.

I'm pondering using hard candy baking decorations. If they survive a light spraying of varnish without dissolving, are they likely to keep after that?
Does anyone have experience doing something like this?

I can get 2mm ball bearings, but I'm not sure if gluing those into a tree will hold up over time because of the weight with wear and tear while transporting them to the club and conventions. Any thoughts on that approach?

Or other suggestions for 2mm spheroids to use?

Personal logo ochoin Supporting Member of TMP06 Nov 2017 10:15 p.m. PST

I'm wondering if you have any polystyrene?

If so, abrade it & you get these small balls:


Any good?

14Bore07 Nov 2017 1:51 a.m. PST

Candy should be able to be coated

LaserGrenadier Supporting Member of TMP07 Nov 2017 2:49 a.m. PST

Back in the 1980's, Wargamers Digest suggested using mini Chicklets as sandbags. I tried it successfully, painting and sealing them, but after a year or two they turned into a gooey mess. My rule since then is to avoid any kind of food materials.

Hafen von Schlockenberg Inactive Member07 Nov 2017 5:33 a.m. PST

Ha! I experienced the Chiclets Fiasco,too,from the same source. And I came to the same conclusion.

Personal logo miniMo Supporting Member of TMP07 Nov 2017 8:23 a.m. PST

Back then, I wondered how those sandbags would turn out. It certainly was one of those suggestions that has occupied a brain cell for lo these many years!

Polystyrene would keep and be light. If I can work past the challenge of the static cling to get them spread out on double-sided tape for painting, then the painted ones shouldn't be so staticky and I could get them glued into the trees. Hmm…

Personal logo miniMo Supporting Member of TMP07 Nov 2017 9:59 a.m. PST


Now to figure out how to overcome the static to apply where desired:

Only 99 on EBay with free slow-boat shipping from China. In this case I don't want to wait 4-8 weeks shipping to get started on the project though.

Personal logo miniMo Supporting Member of TMP07 Nov 2017 11:29 a.m. PST

Did go with the slow boat from China after all. There will be static science lab in my future!

Early morning writer Inactive Member07 Nov 2017 8:24 p.m. PST

Green apples? Your troops are going to have the trots for sure.

Personal logo miniMo Supporting Member of TMP07 Nov 2017 8:47 p.m. PST

A number of apple varieties are green when ripe. Including Newtown Pippins a favorite of Franklin, Washington, and Jefferson!

And for bonus points they ripen late to very-late season so they're still on the trees in late October. And it's always October in Sleepy Hollow :3

Thomas O08 Nov 2017 8:01 a.m. PST

I have used radish seeds for apples.

Personal logo javelin98 Supporting Member of TMP08 Nov 2017 10:11 p.m. PST

I was going to suggest dry tapioca beads, but…

Personal logo miniMo Supporting Member of TMP11 Nov 2017 11:51 a.m. PST

Radish seeds will very likely keep after varnishing. Based on the Chicklet Fiascos, Tapioca will likely devolve into pudding in a few years.

Personal logo miniMo Supporting Member of TMP21 Nov 2017 8:04 a.m. PST

The 99 beads arrived yesterday and are perfect size for large apples to scale with the over-sized hands of 28mm figures! And the colour is superb, there are mottled variegations in each bead, just like apple skin colour.

Personal logo Bowman Supporting Member of TMP21 Nov 2017 9:21 a.m. PST

I have used radish seeds for apples.

Radishes have seeds?

Sorry, stupid city-boy question.

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