“Beech Module (South)” is the last of four front-of-layout view blockers and contains the three beeches across the road from Station Cottage’s garage, as seen in the photograph behind the roll of fuse wire.
Beech tree armatures
The tree front right is a substantial 360-degree representation (temporarily installed in the module base), while the one to its left is a 180-degree tree, and the one behind is a 90-degree tree. This allows some compression to fit the space available and, by the by, reduces the modelling time.
After initial foliation, here’s the full tree and the quarter tree planted, while the three-quarter tree awaits its turn. A bit like a jigsaw, each tree should ideally match its neighbour.
All joined up
I’ve tried to strike a balance between realistic foliage and being able to see some background through the foliage.The final adjustments to colour, tone and ground cover will be made on the layout alongside the other view blockers to achieve overall compatibility.
I know that 2017 is the “Year of The Train, Again”. However, the viewpoints have been getting repetitive and this new tree module will give a bit more variety.