scenery - modelling hedges
Some people model hedges by using fibrous
underlay, pulled around and covered with scatter. In my view, this is far
Hedges may vary from the perfectly trimmed
to the really wild
Traditionally, hedges were often trimmed and
woven together during winter to make them stock proof.
These days, they are, of course just tortured
with a Bushwacker! This changes their look considerably. Again, study of
the real thing has no substitute.
Hedges contain many species, and if they are to look
right, you will need to individually plant. Mostly I use bits of sea moss.
This is sprayed grey brown and then covered in a wide variety of scatters.
I make a small hole in the plaster with a dental pick and glue in the
'plant' with PVA.
the superb trees on the 1:50 scale Pempoul layout; a model of the Reseau
photo Crawley Model Railway Soc
Most of our shrubs and hedges are made using either sea moss or small
wire armatures in a similar manner to making the trees. Hedges vary
according to the area in Britain. During the 1930s, photographs show
that hedges in north Devon and Somerset were somewhat unruly affairs.
There were of course no Bushwhackers! Planting individual hedge plants
takes a long time, but the effect is well worth it. The one exception on
our model is the trimmed hedge in front of the Glenthorne Hotel. This
was made using insulation material used under carpets in the car
industry. This was trimmed to shape and treated with scatter. Additional
scatter was added on the outside of the fence to depict through growth.
About 1500 individual plants have made up the hedges on sections 1 and
Some plants in hedges
are more vertical in aspect and here I use a different technique.
Using a thin pad of
Bluetack, I cover it in about 2mm of gel superglue. Then cut pieces of
'plant stems' from Greenscenes, are stuck in as required. I then blast
the base with accelerator.
The base is sprayed
green and the plant stems sprayed with Modelmates moss green dye. They
can then be sprayed with spray mount and the foliage applied.