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    Default Who here is modeling early spring?

    My new layout will be early spring, North East Maple Sugar season. So there will be fading melting snow, mud and not much for leaves yet.

    I am having a hard time figuring out how to accomplish this. I was pointed toward the Allagash RR (Horribly Oversized scale) however the only thing I could find on how he did it is the MRH DVD set, while reasonably priced, not $40 I want to spend close to Christmas season.

    I would like to see photo’s and tips from the spring season modelers on here, please
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    Zos,
    Are you on Facebook?
    If so Mike has a very active page and seems to be happy sharing info.


    https://www.facebook.com/mike.confal...9HPbYqBKmrkOSk
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    Quote Originally Posted by Allen H. View Post
    Zos,
    Are you on Facebook?
    If so Mike has a very active page and seems to be happy sharing info.


    https://www.facebook.com/mike.confal...9HPbYqBKmrkOSk
    yup, I am on that page, he referred me to his DVD set available on the MRH store.
    ~ Charles

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    Lance Mindheim had an late winter / early spring layout that was awesome. I cannot find the pics right off the bat, but look through his blog - early years - to see if you can find some pictures of it to give you some ideas. Otherwise, do a google search and some pics may come up too.

    https://lancemindheim.com/

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    I'm modeling Spring, though I don't have much scenery up yet.
    My layout is set in Central California, in the southwestern San Joaquin Valley. People say "California has no seasons" but spring is where everything is green (before the lack of rain and warmer temps dry everything up). I plan to do late Spring though, to show some transition of the green wildgrasses to the more familiar golden color. One of my other hobbies is California native plant gardening, and I also intend to have some native flora/wildflowers represented on my layout, sort of as a crossover among my hobbies.

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    @Paul Schmidt's coal hauling layout is set in something like that season if I remember right. I think he'll tell you he's struggling with getting the bare trees right, but his "struggles" look pretty good to me. Not to be dismissive of your attempts to improve Paul, just saying it's a nice looking layout.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OTFan View Post
    @Paul Schmidt's coal hauling layout is set in something like that season if I remember right. I think he'll tell you he's struggling with getting the bare trees right, but his "struggles" look pretty good to me. Not to be dismissive of your attempts to improve Paul, just saying it's a nice looking layout.
    You nailed it!

    Yes, the Slate Fork is set in late winter/early spring -- think last week of March/first week of April.

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    @zosimas, I throw clean, dead leaves in an old blender and keep the thing on until I have a fine blend of detritus for a forest floor. The basic ground cover is "goop" made of Sculptamold, tannish-brown paint and white glue. Immediately after spreading in a layer 1/8" to 1/4" thick, I sift on fine dirt and debris. In areas where trees will predominate, I sprinkle on dead leaves. In other areas I apply WS winter static grass. It's horrible stuff and won't stay up, which is perfect for matted dead grass. But as it's early spring, I also apply some longer olive green grass to represent new growth.

    I've started using jute twine for other undergrowth. It's effective at adding another texture while being non-descript. Trees are seafoam, treated per Scenic Express instructions, spray-painted a deep camo brown, then highlighted/dusted with gray spray paint.

    Small pieces of painted seafoam tree represent bushes, and I crush up other seafoam material to represent broken branches and other forest detritus.

    I've been reworking some areas, and will try to get some photos posted soon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Schmidt View Post
    Small pieces of painted seafoam tree
    Had seafoam trees once, then one day seemingly overnight they grew some kind of fungus/mold so they were all trashed.

    otherwise great suggestions

    Ok, found a photo of those trees before they "went bad" Not sure if they were seafoam now or not.

    IMG_3122.jpg
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    Quote Originally Posted by zosimas View Post
    Had seafoam trees once, then one day seemingly overnight they grew some kind of fungus/mold so they were all trashed.

    otherwise great suggestions

    Ok, found a photo of those trees before they "went bad" Not sure if they were seafoam now or not.

    IMG_3122.jpg
    Those don't look like seafoam trees to me, Charles.

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    Spring in Cajon California can be quite interesting. My favorite photo is from March 2015. Take a minute and look at the colors and variation in the foliage. Canyon Siding(above Sullivan's Curve). I am currently working on a module to replicate some of the this ground cover, but with some trees added in.
    20150322_120313.2.jpg
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    Quote Originally Posted by jhn_plsn View Post
    pring in Cajon California can be quite interesting. My favorite photo is from March 2015.
    Nice photo!

    The original proposal for North East Maple Sugaring season will, no doubt, resemble nothing in California. Bare gray branches with the occasional bright green bud, pussy willows down in marshy areas and a few crocus blossoms pushing up through dead leaves or patches of snow.
    Cheers!
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    As promised (and in the interest of staving off a stampede by a snow-covered @Moose2013!), here are some photos of the Slate Fork's late winter/early spring scenery. These are some of the recently rejuvenated scenes.

    Winter 1 smaller.jpg

    Winter 2 smaller.jpg

    Winter 3 smaller.jpg

    Winter 4 smaller.jpg

    Hope these are helpful to whomever might be considering modeling this often-overlooked time of the year. There are some challenges to overcome, since nearly nothing is an off-the-shelf scenery item, with the exception of the static grasses. But the trains sure pop out when there's not an overwhelming amount of green everywhere!

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    @Paul Schmidt

    Very nice, Paul!
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    Excellent, Paul! What did you use for the winter trees? Very convincing.
    Cheers!
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    Quote Originally Posted by el Gato Gordo View Post
    Excellent, Paul! What did you use for the winter trees? Very convincing.
    Thanks, Gordon! Those are seafoam trees from Scenic Express.

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    @Paul Schmidt

    Amazing scenery Paul ... I had to look twice, no - three times, to make sure it wasn't real!
    Cheers Tony

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    The trees in the last two photos look much better Paul.
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    @Paul Schmidt, if those are ground up autumn leaves on the ground, how do you grind them? I'm trying to use a coffee grinder but it keeps jamming.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NtheBasement View Post
    @Paul Schmidt, if those are ground up autumn leaves on the ground, how do you grind them? I'm trying to use a coffee grinder but it keeps jamming.
    I use an old, multi-speed blender I got at Goodwill for $20. No jams so far. More torque from the motor, I suspect.

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