Modelling Trees

Modelling Trees V1 by Gordon Gravett.

I’ve had many frustrating experiences trying to model effective trees. It’s particularly difficult in larger scales such as S and O, because at these sizes we should start to try to model specific types of trees, such as maples, oaks and willows.

Well, today’s mail brought a new book on the subject and a quick look through it suggests I’ll find plenty of good information between the covers. It’s called Modelling Trees by Gordon Gravett, and as the book’s cover illustrates, Gordon knows what he’s doing. Yes, that’s a model of a tree.

The author demonstrates how to model several types of trees in this volume, and the book is well illustrated throughout its 92 pages. Another must-have work from Wild Swan Publications in the UK and well worth the £19.95 cover price, plus shipping.

The best news is, this is Volume One, covering Broadleaf Trees. I’m already looking forward to Volume Two.

The worst news – at least from the point of view of a person used to purchasing online – is that Wild Swan is an old-style business. Its catalogue of books is top-notch, as is its British railway-focussed magazine, Model Railway Journal. But the company does not have a website, an email address, or any means of electronic payment. International (non-UK) orders will have to pick up the phone and call Shirley Rowe at Wild Swan’s overseas department to order, and arrange payment with a money order or bank draft.

To aid you, the contact info is below.

– Not associated with the company at all; just a damned impressed repeat customer.

Wild Swan Publications
Overseas Department
9 Hacker Close
Newton Poppleford
Sidmouth, Devon
EX10 0HF
United Kingdom

Tel: +44 1395 568925

2 thoughts on “Modelling Trees

    • Good questions, Joel. My opinion is yes it’ll work for HO. The books describe techniques which I feel can be adapted to other scales. I’ve taken Gordon’s O scale methods to S – and could see using the same methods in HO.
      Since Gordon is in the UK and I’m in Canada I had to make a few material substitutions. I also had to figure out terminology sometimes because the Brits may use a different name for a product. But none of that is difficult.
      Volume 2 covers evergreens. Volume three covers grass, mud, roads, weeds, water and other features.
      Hope this helps.

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