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justBill27 Jun 2012 5:39 a.m. PST

Beautiful! Thanks for sharing.

Personal logo elsyrsyn Supporting Member of TMP27 Jun 2012 8:13 a.m. PST



TimHerr Inactive Member27 Jun 2012 8:55 a.m. PST

That's great! Thanks for sharing.

helmet101 Inactive Member27 Jun 2012 5:08 p.m. PST

very well done, very inspirational
thank you!

Dynaman878928 Jun 2012 5:38 a.m. PST

Ditto, I'm going to give this a try

artslave Inactive Member28 Jun 2012 8:34 a.m. PST

I have tried this method (I got to see the prototypes in person)and it works very well. Very accurate and nice looking. It does help that I had green wire and dark brown pipe cleaners that made the process even easier. There is also a green floral tape that can save the first painting step. I got some of this material in a Tamiya dinosaur kit that included a large fern kit as part of the diorama. I used the labels for this, as I have lots of them.

Chilledenuff Inactive Member29 Jun 2012 1:50 a.m. PST

Looks good and easy. Great to see a step by step. Many, many thanks!

Condottiere29 Jun 2012 5:23 a.m. PST

Very well done. Thanks for sharing your technique.

in plumbum nos fides Inactive Member09 Jul 2012 6:47 p.m. PST

Bravo. And with pink pipe cleaners no less!

Maxshadow29 Jul 2012 6:19 a.m. PST

At last an answer to my palm tree problem thankyou. I've wanted affordable ones since a very long time.

Personal logo Ditto Tango 2 3 Supporting Member of TMP04 Aug 2012 5:27 p.m. PST

Derval, that is wonderful, thanks for showing this.

Cowboy Inactive Member10 Aug 2012 1:03 p.m. PST

WOW That is great idea, Just as I was looking to make some Desert and Jungle scenery…

Askari Minis Sponsoring Member of TMP Inactive Member04 Nov 2012 5:53 a.m. PST

I have used a similar but even simpler idea.

Instead of the labels, Rose petals that you get from the hobby store, like Hobby Lobby or Michaels. They are green and come with wires. Cut for fronds as described in the article.

I secure 6-8 or these around a length of green floral wire with brown pipe cleaners, as described. Dry brush the pipe cleaner with light grey. Then I usually wrap another pipe cleaner around under the top.


These are great for date palms in 25-28 mm scale. I secure the bottom of the floral wire to large washers (for weight) and texture them as bases.

Personal logo Dervel Supporting Member of TMP Fezian04 Nov 2012 11:37 a.m. PST

Great suggestion Askari, will try to look for those..

La Long Carabine Inactive Member11 Feb 2013 9:28 p.m. PST

Thanks for sharing, palm tree Paradise, here I come.

Rallynow Supporting Member of TMP04 Mar 2013 10:03 p.m. PST

Hovels makes some nice palm trees. The pictures they show don't do them justice, they are really quite nice and come in three sizes. The price isn't cheap but I didn't need all that many.


squirmydad21 Apr 2013 10:48 a.m. PST

I read your article, just found it last week actually, and produced a few trees following your process.

Thanks very much for taking the time to share your methods.

Recovered 1AO Inactive Member18 Mar 2014 2:14 a.m. PST

I can see this in 15 mm. How would this work in 6 mm or 3 mm settings?

What materials changes might be needed?

Personal logo Dervel Supporting Member of TMP Fezian22 Jun 2014 10:07 a.m. PST

Never considered anything that small?

I guess in that scale the trunk would be a single wire (maybe wrapped in string soaked in super glue).. then some lose string for palm fronds?

CIA Games Inactive Member02 Aug 2014 8:01 a.m. PST

Fantastic and a scratch builder's dream article! Thanks for this. The method couldn't be simpler and none of the materials are exotic or hard to acquire. When I get back to my Pulp Egyptian game, there's going to be a bunch of these on the table!

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