Sunday, April 15, 2012

More Scenic Express Trees

I completed some more Scenic Express trees and installed them on the layout.  So far I have 18 of them on the layout, all of them between Fulton and Clinton.  As I work with the tree kits, I am really liking how they look on the layout.  For these recent trees, I used course foam instead of the fine foam.  Using the coarse foam definitely makes the trees less wispy and healthier.  I've ordered the super trees value pack, along with more ballast (yuk!), and will be adding more trees over the next few weeks.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Scenic Express Trees

I purchased a Super Trees starter kit from Scenic Express the other day and finally got around to putting a few together for the layout.  Below are before and after shots of an area just east of the Mississippi River bridge.  Here are a couple of my first impressions of the resulting trees.

  • The trees are pretty fragile. Definitely a "last thing to add" detail.  It will be interesting to see how they hold up over time.
  • They are taller than the woodland scenic trees. The added height looks more prototypical to me.  The kit instructions recommended 7 inches for N scale.  These are about 5 inches.
  • They seem to be more detailed.  They don't look near as foamy as the Woodland Scenic trees.  They may be a bit too wispy.  
  • They have a very irregular shape, which I think helps them look more realistic.
  • They are very easy to build and take only a few minutes for each tree, although drying time seems to be an overnight deal.
I'll probably add a few more thoughts as I add more trees.  The kit yields about 30 trees, so I'll be adding more and taking additional pictures as I go along.

What do you think?  Woodland Scenic s hardwood tree kits or Super Trees from Scenic Express?

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Ballasting Proviso, Part II

<p>Used the Easter weekend to ballast the western end of the Proviso yard. Still need to do the engine facilities. Will hopefully get that done soon and then the entire Proviso area will be done ballast wise.  Then I will be able to get back to constructing buildings.