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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Schmidt View Post
    I'm also working on an idea to use small, torn pieces of 3M abrasive pad for woody undergrowth, rather than polyfiber. Polyfiber works OK for low-laying stuff with tendrils, but doesn't do a good job of representing shrubby stuff. It looks like small puff balls, and I don't like small puff balls.

    So, the abrasive pad material will need painting to, because it's green and green won't cut it for late winter in southwestern Virginia.
    Moose Creek uses some kind of pad for their pines , I think they use dye to color the pad .....Mike https://www.coastmans.com/green-branch-foliage.html

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    Da Mooses visited the Slate Fork yesterday, and the Southern Railway was able to play host to a refurbished London, Midland & Scottish Black 5 4-6-0 and a former Great Northern 2-8-2 heavy Mikado!

    The company photographer was too enthralled by the Black 5 to remember to take photos, but did catch some of the Mike after @Moose2013 issued a bellowed warning of displeasure!

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    Here are Mr. and Mrs. Moose in Slate Fork Gorge watching the GN Mike on a late winter's day in southwestern Virginia.

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    The Mike ran well once it broke in a bit and got some of the blackening off the drivers. Sound was superb!
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    The company photographer wasn't quite ready as the GN heavy Mikado entered Slate Fork Gorge under the watchful gaze of The Mooses!

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    Work at the Flanary Coal truck tipple continued unabated throughout the day. ....

    The Schmidts had a thoroughly enjoyable time with The Mooses, and also discovered that moose enjoy burritos and dark beer. I don't recall Marlin Perkins ever mentioning this on "Mutual of Omaha's 'Wild Kingdom' " TV show, but I musta missed that episode. ...


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    Mr Moose shoulda known better than to bring Mrs Moose on a moose stampede ... Once she got to chit chatting with the delightful Mrs Schmidt, well, Mr Moose had to exchage stampeding hooves for flip flops and enjoy a most excellent evening with da Schmidts. And the Slate Fork is wonderful to see in mooseson! Thank you Paul for the invite!
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    Sounds like a good time was had @Paul Schmidt and @moose13.
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    Paul - These pics are really striking. I like the late fall / winter look as it is just different from all other railroads set in mid-summer. No knock on those settings, but always gravitate to something different.

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    Steam, burritos, dark beer and friends. WOW! Life just doesn't get any better than that!
    Cheers!
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    Quote Originally Posted by el Gato Gordo View Post
    Steam, burritos, dark beer and friends. WOW! Life just doesn't get any better than that!
    Ain't that the truth!

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    The abrasive pads mentioned, seen a brown version recently, got some to try low bushes branches and trunks, I didn't particularly like the look without painting, looked to stringy and synthetic, maybe if cut up more and painted a darker brown... anyway just a heads up those scrub pads come in a light brown, have agave plant fiber content apparently.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dave68124 View Post
    Paul - These pics are really striking. I like the late fall / winter look as it is just different from all other railroads set in mid-summer. No knock on those settings, but always gravitate to something different.
    Thanks, Dave!

    I like it too. All that green can get overwhelming for my tastes. The layout has a "mood" that I like.

    I've been busy lately toning down the trees for more of a grayish-brown hue.

    The toughest part has been finding the right material to model the woody undergrowth typical of that area of the Appalachians. Polyfiber is too dense and matted, which is why I am trying abrasive pad material. I keep hoping Noch or some other company will offer more late winter scenery products.

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    Guys, I am really struggling coming up with a decent material to simulate late, late winter/early spring Appalachian undergrowth.

    Polyfiber doesn't cut it. My attempts at using 3M abrasive pad torn and spray-painted a tannish-brown look like -- well, 3M abrasive pad painted a tannish-brown.

    I've played with using the very tippy-tips of seafoam trees. But the texture is too similar to the trees on the layout.

    Neither Noch, Silfor, nor Heki offer anything, and the JTT product I purchased is better suited for O scale.

    I'm looking for something with several stalks in its branch structure, tannish-brown to light gray in color for my forests. But I'm stumped -- no pun intended.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Schmidt View Post
    Guys, I am really struggling coming up with a decent material to simulate late, late winter/early spring Appalachian undergrowth.
    I'm assuming you have some photos or pics of what your looking for Paul.
    Maybe post them or some links and give us a visual.
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    I'll try to scare up something. Thing is, most of the pictures of that season are not anything that reveals much of the detail I'm looking for. More impressions, but not something that the materials I've tried are coming close to looking like.

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    Just throwing some ideas against the wall here Paul?
    If I'm following you right, why couldn't you take some branches from the lower portions of the trees like what I have circled and then snip them where I have the orange lines?




    Then maybe spray it with glue and sprinkle on some of the WS Fine Earth ground foam (or see if Scenic Express has a color), like below for dead leaves?




    How about using this in small tufts like Static grass tufts, but longer and sprayed to color of choice, then glue on some of the ground foam to the tips?


    WS Field Grass Natural Straw

    Another option might be to get some 7-12mm Static Grass Straw by WS, it would need to painted darker,
    but remove the trees and apply this in certain areas and again glue some fine brown foam to just the tips?
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    Those are great ideas, @Allen H., and I've toyed around with those too.

    I've tried the static grass route -- meh, just because the static grass is clumpy and not airy like a bush structure would be.

    However, I think using the seafoam tips, but getting some other texture on them holds the most promise. I wish I could find another natural plant just to add variation.

    The world of N scale scenery is wonderful -- if you model spring and summer. There's tons of products available; fall and late winter, not so much.

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    It seems like some sort of root structure is what you need. something with lots of offshoots, maybe look at the local plantlife....
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    What about fake or silk gypsophila (Baby's Breath)?

    https://www.drieddecor.com/white-spa...rm3gqv1drud4n7

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    Quote Originally Posted by Allen H. View Post
    What about fake or silk gypsophila (Baby's Breath)?
    Wow, that's quite a find. I'm just a little concerned as to your amazing knowledge of the flower arranging world
    Thanks, Tom

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    Baby's Breath! Forgot all about that stuff, Allen!

    I think a stop at Michael's art supply store on the Big-Boxified west end of town is in order. Might find some other similar things there.

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    I did a Google search last night on "Sedum images" and some other pics came up of flowers and stuff.
    One was of some floral arrangements and one had a bunch of Baby's Breath, so I did a search on that and found the link.

    One good bunch of that and you should be set for life!
    I was thinking of a floral shop or Michaels or Hobby Lobby.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Allen H. View Post
    I did a Google search last night on "Sedum images" and some other pics came up of flowers and stuff.
    One was of some floral arrangements and one had a bunch of Baby's Breath, so I did a search on that and found the link.

    One good bunch of that and you should be set for life!
    I was thinking of a floral shop or Michaels or Hobby Lobby.
    Good luck
    Indeed, you may have found the solution, @Allen H.!

    I also need to get hot making some coniferous trees. Some species of cedar and/or pine, if I'm recalling correctly. @Tim R, would you know?

    Anyways, furnace-filter material spray-painted darkish green over bamboo sticks, with some fine ground foam for added texture should do the trick.

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