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    Default Re:Whatever happened to Lichen???

    Any good craft store (e.g. Michaels) will have lichen in various colors. Of course you can dye it yourself.

    Did you see the article on the front page about making your own groundfoam?

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    Default Re:Whatever happened to Lichen???

    Todd,

    Thanks for the publicity about my article...it should help you quite a bit, Paul...just adjust the blending time to get finer or more coarse grind...you'll understand when you read it.

    Hope it helps! 8)
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    Default Re:Whatever happened to Lichen???

    Lichen's use in modelrailroading has faded, as lichen does, along with lichen's tendency to become brittle with age. Sawdust has also lost ground as groundfoam and polyfiber both give a more realistic appearance.

    Put simply, more realistic looking and durable products have superseded lichen and sawdust.
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    Default Re:Whatever happened to Lichen???

    I was in one of the "Hobby Lobby" chain stores today and found all kinds of lichen and other dried material to use for scenery, trees, etc. in the dried flower section. They are not marked for model trains, so naturally the prices are a lot lower than the other kinds. Check it out at your local Hobby Lobby or maybe Michael's also has some of this stuff.

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    Default Re:Whatever happened to Lichen???

    Quote Originally Posted by "siderod"
    Todd,

    Thanks for the publicity about my article...it should help you quite a bit, Paul...just adjust the blending time to get finer or more coarse grind...you'll understand when you read it.

    Hope it helps! 8)
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    Default Re:Whatever happened to Lichen???

    Lichen is now being packaged and sold by Woodland Scenics.

    http://www.ecscenics.co.uk/

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    Default Re:Whatever happened to Lichen???

    Thanks, everyone for your replies! I suspected that Lichen's tendancy to become brittle with age may have been a factor in it's "falling out of favour" with modell railroaders. Interesting that it's still sold in the UK....!!

    I shall have to send the wife to the carft shop. She's always looking for railroad-applicable "goodies!" (Even uses extra fine plastic/nylon "mesh" for N-scale doors and window in "background" buildings!)

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    Hi Paul , I posted the link to the shop in the UK but it is availible here in the US. look at the top of this page under lanscape then go to lichen.

    http://www.woodlandscenics.com/

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    Default Lichen

    I have some lichen myself and I love it. It is good for making any instant foliage or bushes. I need to find some more.

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    Default Re: Whatever happened to Lichen???

    Quote Originally Posted by "fp9er"
    (That's pronounced "LIE-ken", for you young 'uns!)

    Used to be you could get bags of this stuff in all sorts of colors--green, gray, rust-brown, etc --at the LHS. Great for instant bushes, deciduous tree foliage, etc. Now everything's "ground foam"!

    And whatever happened to Lifelike's colored sawdust? I used to use it extensively as ballast/cover, sprinkled over fresh latex paint with the excess "salvaged" for re-use with a clean shop vac.....

    Man, I'm getting old! The Groundfoam is danged expensive when you're trying to stretch a dollar....and the only place I see the "sawdust" now is on Lifelike's rolled-paper "grass mats".

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    tell me about it paul
    i've got LL lichen and the sawdust from over 20yrs ago :roll:

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    Default Reindeer Moss

    I was at A.C. Moore a local craft store and found what they call reindeer moss. It looks just like Lichen and you can get a large or small bag fairly priced. It comes in several colors and looks great on my layout. Other craft stores my also sell it. :wink: [/b]
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