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    • June 26, 2020 9:05 PM EDT
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      Making a large tree and treehouse

      My friend and myself are building a new train trailer, if interested check it out, in this forum.

      We were in need of a large tree that has a tree house in it. We have 2 structures with around 6 inches in between. We were wanting to make our version of a great idea we saw on the 

      Sundance G scale layout in Florida. Where boys are in a tree house sneaking a peak at a naked lady having her portrait painted by an artist. We placed a lady with a skimpy bikini top

      and a small cloth covering her front, being photographed by a photographer.

      So the big question is how do you make a large tree that will support a large limb that overhangs the train track and supports a tree house.

      So the following picture is where it starts 

      IMG_5766 by Dennis Rayon, on Flickr

    • June 26, 2020 9:14 PM EDT
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      I designed this and drew it up and sent to the cnc plasma cutter. I had my shop foreman to cut this out of 1/8" steel. As the machine was cutting it out, I asked him can you see a tree in this?

      He looked at me with a puzzled look and said, NO!!. BUT!!! knowing you if you tell me there is a tree in here, I believe there is one in here. Well this is not his first weird thing I have had him cut for me.

      So What are your thoughts??

    • June 26, 2020 9:18 PM EDT
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      Well I can't wait for a couple answers, so here we go. 

      IMG_5767 by Dennis Rayon, on Flickr

      Now you can see the start, The trunk is rolled into mostly round, the roots are bent out.

    • June 26, 2020 9:30 PM EDT
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      IMG_5768 by Dennis Rayon, on Flickr

      Now the limbs are being shaped. I set the tree in between the 2 structures to check the fitting or positioning of the limbs.

      So I come up with this shape, keeping the main limb for the tree house in the mind to remember I have to build a tree house up there.

      IMG_5769 by Dennis Rayon, on Flickr

      I use Magic Sculpt to build up the limbs getting them ready for placing small branches from SCENIC EXPRESS

    • June 26, 2020 10:20 PM EDT

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      Dennis;

       

      The tree is looking great.  I do have a question.  On a real tree there is a root system as intricate as the above ground tree.  As I look at your project, I have to think, "How will he keep it from getting top-heavy?"  Will you have a fastener for the base, or will you conceal additional weight in the bottom half of the trunk?  OR is it something else altogether?

       

      Best wishes, David Meashey

    • June 26, 2020 10:51 PM EDT
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      Thanks Dave

      I will place 2 screws into the magic sculpt in the root system thought the 1" foam under it down into the 5/8" plywood. Magic Sculpt is very tough, we will plant some

      weeds over the screw heads. 

    • June 26, 2020 11:22 PM EDT
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      The following picture shows the limbs before and after the leaves have been added to the small trees. 

      I bought a box of the tree foilage below from Scenic Express .....https://www.sceneryexpress.com/

      The small limbs are soaked in Matt Medium and removed , excess shook off, then sprinkled with the leaf foilage from scenic express.

      SuperTrees are a natural scale tree form indigenous to the Artic tundra of Scandinavia. A distant cousin to our western sagebrush, their intricate detail and perfect branch structure produce an incredible scale tree unsurpassed in realism. 

      IMG_5776 by Dennis Rayon, on Flickr

      IMG_5815 by Dennis Rayon, on Flickr

      I added the two story tree house with a pirates crows nest flag

       IMG_5819 by Dennis Rayon, on Flickr

      The one boy is laying out on a big limb with a telascope looking at the nearly naked lady

      The one boy has a sling shot getting ready to shoot, Welllllll not quite sure what. Then the other boy is hollering at the peeper.

    • June 26, 2020 11:25 PM EDT
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      IMG_5821 by Dennis Rayon, on Flickr

      Just in case young girls wants to climb the steps

    • June 27, 2020 12:49 AM EDT
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      Awesome. Great whimsy. Love the treehouse. "No girls a loud" unless they are older ladies with few clothes on? Nice job as usual, Dennis!

       

    • June 27, 2020 9:08 AM EDT
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      Thanks Jim, It was fun and a totally new thing to make. The tree between the buildings really topped off the effects of realism. 

      Truthfully a lot of this trailer has brought new things to both of us.

    • June 27, 2020 9:47 AM EDT
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    • June 27, 2020 3:21 PM EDT
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      I love it thanks for the share, Bill

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