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Model Slash Pines

Model Slash Pines (HO) Materials List

  • Woodland Scenic Tree Armatures Deciduous 3”-5”
  • Styrene Tube 1/8”
  • Floral Wire
  • Super Trees
  • Hot Glue
  • White Glue or Matte Medium
  • Dried Up Leaves
  • Spray Paint:Nutmeg, Gray, and Flat Black
  • Woodland Scenic Static Grass:Medium Green, Dark Green
  • Dark-Medium Green Pipe-Cleaners/Chenille (They have it in the Wal-Mart craft department)
  • Silflor: Late Summer

Take a styrene tube, insert one or two floral wires (depending on thickness), and then secure the wire(s) in the tube with hot glue.

Cut the tube (12″) approximately in half (one tube makes two full grown trees), cut and bend WS tree armatures, and then hot glue WS armature branches onto the styrene tube.

Utilizing the floral wire in the styrene tube, bend the tree trunk in whatever manner is fit.

Cover the new armature in white glue or matte medium (or whatever adhesive you like) and sprinkle on tiny crumpled up pieces of dried leaves to simulate bark. Let dry.

Hot glue pieces of Super Trees Material to complete the branch structure. (Less Super Tree material is usually better than more.)

Paint the armature. I use a combination of mostly nutmeg spray paint with light sprays of gray and flat black. (Experiment with it.)

Now for the Needles:

You can model the tree needles using late summer Silflor (more expensive) or using chenille (cheaper). After doing a few trees in the chenille, I now recommend doing them in all Silflor if you can afford it.

If using Chenille: Cut up pipe-cleaners/chenille into small balls. (You’ll want to give the give pipe-cleaners a spray of green paint to improve the color.) Attach the balls to the armature one by one with white glue. Wet the outer branches and chenille balls with diluted matte medium. Sprinkle on WS static grass.

If using Silflor: Cut up late summer Silflor (or whatever color Silflor is appropriate for the area you’re modeling) into small balls (Silflor Tufts may also work well, but I’ve never tried them.)

Glue the cut up Silflor in place.

Slash Pine Facts

South Florida Vegetation with Slash Pines

South Florida Vegetation with Slash Pines

Looking up at a Slash Pine

Armatures while Under Construction

Armatures while Under Construction

Scene Under Construction These Slash Pines were modeled using Chenille

These Slash Pines were modeled using Chenille

Hart of South Palm and model Live Oak Shot Outdoors

Hart of South Palm and model Live Oak Shot Outdoors

The Slash Pine in the above photo was made using both chenille and Silflor

The Slash Pine in the above photo was made using both chenille and Silflor

Bark

Other names: Pinus elliottii, Slash Pine, pitch pine, southern pine, South Florida slash pine, swamp pine, yellow pine, Dade County pine