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In this final part, I’ve shared the final finished background trees. It starts with your choice of tree – go on-line and down load your tree of choice, or take a photo of your favourite tree. The scale it to OO/HO, print up the number of copies you want, and go from there. I have put the two trees used in this example in the gallery

Once you have a base and your chosen photo mounted, use a scalpel or curved set of scissors to cut the backed photo out. Build your branch armatures and cement. Cover in filler to shape and detail the bark, then paint with a wash and dry-brush technique.
Foliage is added with a netting base, or glued to the branches and built up as it sets. Layers of different colours and textures can be added for additional interest. I have used a dark green base, then clump-foliage with earth and light grass dribbled over various locations. Don’t overdo it tho! then use PVA/washing-up liquid spray to fix the completed tree. PVA/Washing up liquid takes 24-36 hours to dry, so patience is key here. Use hair spray if you want a quick-fix. See the gallery for the final effect

Foliage in the original version is heaped and glued into position. It’s a bit more difficult to obtain a realistic 3-d picture, but from a distance it works. See the gallery for the final product

Both systems work well, and by gradually reducing the size, a background orchard or fence line with trees can be constructed

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I started with a train set aged 4. My mother was convinced it was for my father and not me. The first layout we built was a standard 6x4 ply sheet. impossible for a small boy to get across, and impossible for our cleaners to get into my bedroom! when not in use, it stood against a wall, and gradually developed a 'warped-look'! but the smell of smoke generation fluid for my Churchill loco, and lubrication oil still is fixed in my mind! my sister and I added Mini-Trix road with cars and lorries. It was with great regret it was all sold when we moved to the Far East where Dad was posted. Year later as a student I was walking past a Sheffield model shop and an 'HOe' set was on sale. so the bug bit again, and I was the only Geography/Geology student with a train set! It is turn was sold when I qualified. Then years later after settling in Thames Valley and opening my own dental practice - I re-qualified as a dentist - I took over the loft of our house and helped by my two children, we build a huge 'N' gauge layout. but in winter it was too cold to work on, rails shrunk, and fingers went numb! Summer, it was too hot, the rails expanded and buckled, and the chipboard base was a disaster. As my children grew up, there were more exciting things to do, and when the house was sold, the complete layout was dismantled and sold. I kept the 'G'scale garden rail set - this was a swap for dental treatment for one of my patients! After selling my Thames Valley practice, I moved to Hailsham and commuted between the UK and South Africa; one day my work desk became a train layout! that was sold when I moved back home to South Africa. My partner went away for a group drawl with a birthday friend, and the day she left, the local timber yard turned up with the base timber, and foam of the scenery. I created a HO/OO layout on a 6x3 base, and planned it as a series of modules that could be re-configured at shows. My partner was not impressed with a train layout in the middle of our lounge, and then I had my first heart attack, it it stayed, pushed up behind the furniture! after a fire obliterated our garage - it went from full to ash in about 3 hours! it was the fastest clear out possible, but also took out my prized wine collection and tools I used. It was completely demolished and rebuilt! For me there was only one use this empty space should be used for!! So the basis for 'Hambledon' was born. A friend of mine bolted the complete set of modules - I have 4 blank canvases to fill - and Module 1 from the lounge was ceremoniously bolted into place. So while flat on my ass on my various visits to ICU with heart failure, I planned and sketched the different areas; Castle Hill, with the dock and canal below, Brewery Hill , leading to Module 1, and then the last turn around set of tracks below Creamery Rise.


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