2015_02_12 Gum Trees

2015_02_12  ah!! now its hot :)

Went on line and tried to fast track some gum trees, but unfortunately Queensland gum trees are not like our gum trees at all :)

With apologies to this E-Bayer whose photo I have stolen, and pointing out too, that he is an example of every tree manufacturer I have found so far, even Auscision!
Auscision Trees
These are by far the best I have found but still not dense enough and at $16 to $30 a tree much beyond what I can afford.

So what do Gum Trees look like?

They certainly are not this colour from Scenery express.com

But outside my home, all I can see is real Aussie gum trees :) They are not blue!
Why do Mountains look blue in the distance as seen in these pictures?

"The Blue Mountains, given that name due to the blue haze that hovers above them, is an area renowned for spectacular scenery, plant and wildlife and densely populated forests of oil bearing Eucalyptus trees. Thus, it is commonly believed that the blue haze blanketing the mountains is created by the atmosphere whereby dispersed droplets of Eucalypt oil combine with dust particles and water vapour to scatter refracted rays of light which are largely blue in colour.
However, because this is a common phenomena shared by mountain ranges elsewhere in the world, another theory suggests that:
the sky is blue because tiny air molecules of oxygen and nitrogen, water molecules, and dust motes interact with light. The small size of these particles means that high-frequency light (like, blue) is much more likely to interact than low-frequency light (such as red). The interaction scatters blue light in all directions. Consequently, we are more likely to see blue light than any other colour. Thus, the sky looks blue.
Consequently, distant dark mountains reflect little light to our eyes. Our eyes receive much more light from sunlight scattered by tiny molecules between us and the mountain. That scattered sunlight is blue. So, it isn't a scattering of light reflected from the mountain that makes the mountain appear blue, but rather a scattering of light between us and the mountain. (WeatherQuesting Web Site)"

At the distance the long leaves are not noticed. I dont know if anybody can make HO gum leaves?

Almost all the pictures had the sun behind me except the one over the horse float.

So what do we do? I know make our own :(   The colour is three toned to my eyes a mid green and dark green with just a hint of red (brown?) not looking at trunks which can be any colour :

(And you guessed it, I have been distracted by Col, again :D )


  1. Rod
    I can take the blame right on the chin mate, but then again you are pretty easily distracted anyway.

    Its not hard to make trees like those on the flea site, the reality is that the ones I am redoing off my layout are actually better than those.

    re the Scenic Express leaves, that colour is shown on their web site as Eucolyptus leaves refers to the colour more than anything, & remember there are a couple of different species in the Eucolyptus family, I reckon you could add at least 3 zeros on the end of 1 & you might get close. Then of course are the multitude of trees that were part of the Eucolypt family but now have been seperated into other species within a species.

    While that colour may not go well for some gums which I will now use as the common name, they do look ok for some, but I would actually say they are perfect colours for some forms of Wattles. The only problem trying to put the yellow flowers on a model wattle tree it locks you into a very short seasonal time span for the layout, but they can be presented on the layout for more time without the flowers.

    What I have found though in doing the trees for Essence is trying to replicate the many colours of the eucalyptus tree is very hard, & every attempt that I have done looks terrible, so I basically stick to different shades of greens & do some light covers of burnt grass over the top, underneath use medium Flock & Turf from Scenic Express & then some fine lighter colours, I get the eco packs as they are more reasonable.


  2. Gum Trees veries by type Box, Stringybark, Ironbark,Ash, Mallee, Gum, Pepperment,Jarrah etc more than 700+ different members elevation and soil type and rainfall and climate also marks what grows where. there is also the age of the tree as a young tree can have different shape leaves to adult tree, I like your model railway of Wodonga as my uncle spent 20+ years on the VR from the 1940's to 1960;s in and around Wodonga as a ganger and leading hand on flying gang. Malcolm Aldridge Wangaratta.

  3. Thanks Malcolm,welcome. Going to make a run by car along the line and make sure my memory of what varieties is ok, Found one on ten of local trres were in fact blue on my daily walks,started recently to help lose weight. My area is high rainfall. Domestic animals and bush fires also make a difference. Cheers Rod


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