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Bluebonnets in N Scale?
« on: January 21, 2018, 10:10:34 AM »
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Time to get serious about some scenery on one of my T-Trak end cap modules.  Plan on having small rolling hills covered in Bluebonnets on the module.  The problem is I am having a hard time finding a suitable material to model the bluebonnets.  Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

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Re: Bluebonnets in N Scale?
« Reply #1 on: January 21, 2018, 10:46:03 AM »
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You can get finely ground foam in flower colors from Scenic Express.
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Re: Bluebonnets in N Scale?
« Reply #2 on: January 21, 2018, 11:33:29 AM »
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These all over the hills?    :trollface:

http://old.atsfrr.org/resources/funits/ATSF_F7_332L.jpg


Seriously, I'd use appropriately colored ground foam appropriately sprinkled after the rest of the landscaping is done.  I've done this for dandelions and was happy with the effect (sorry, no photo)
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Re: Bluebonnets in N Scale?
« Reply #3 on: January 21, 2018, 12:35:45 PM »
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You can get finely ground foam in flower colors from Scenic Express.

Thanks but I already checked and they don't have blue material.

These all over the hills?    :trollface:

http://old.atsfrr.org/resources/funits/ATSF_F7_332L.jpg


Seriously, I'd use appropriately colored ground foam appropriately sprinkled after the rest of the landscaping is done.  I've done this for dandelions and was happy with the effect (sorry, no photo)

Only if I win the lottery LOL.

I am actually hoping someone can give me a lead on pre-packaged blue "Flower" foam or a procedure and material to make my own.  I haven't been able to locate any blue foam so far.
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Re: Bluebonnets in N Scale?
« Reply #4 on: January 21, 2018, 04:37:14 PM »
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How about Woodland Scenics? More purple than blue perhaps.



I this one really Woodland Scenics? Or some kind of a copy?


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Re: Bluebonnets in N Scale?
« Reply #5 on: January 21, 2018, 04:42:28 PM »
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 Timberline scenery  "Wildflowers groundcover": Part Number:352 Series, the light blue one and you can easily tone them down with a darker blue oilpaint deluted with some terpintin....?

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Re: Bluebonnets in N Scale?
« Reply #6 on: January 21, 2018, 07:24:49 PM »
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I ran into the same problem trying to represent bluebells for springtime woodland areas.  I finally found a kitchen sponge the correct color of light blue, but it was too soft to easily pulverize to the right size.  I finally figured out that I could make the sponge brittle by putting it into the microwave for a few seconds (WARNING: do only a couple of seconds at a time, otherwise the sponge might catch on fire! What's that smell?) which allowed me to put pieces of it into a blender, then sieve through a tea strainer for N scale sized bluebells.  Liquid Nitrogen would have been the best way to pulverize it, but didn't have any around.
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Re: Bluebonnets in N Scale?
« Reply #7 on: January 22, 2018, 07:49:49 PM »
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Timberline scenery  "Wildflowers groundcover": Part Number:352 Series, the light blue one and you can easily tone them down with a darker blue oilpaint deluted with some terpintin....?

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I ran into the same problem trying to represent bluebells for springtime woodland areas.  I finally found a kitchen sponge the correct color of light blue, but it was too soft to easily pulverize to the right size.  I finally figured out that I could make the sponge brittle by putting it into the microwave for a few seconds (WARNING: do only a couple of seconds at a time, otherwise the sponge might catch on fire! What's that smell?) which allowed me to put pieces of it into a blender, then sieve through a tea strainer for N scale sized bluebells.  Liquid Nitrogen would have been the best way to pulverize it, but didn't have any around.

Thanks Grove, I will check it out.

Hornwrecker, I am not desperate enough to tempt my wife's ire if I toast her blender YET but it may be soon that I will chance it

Thanks for the info guys.
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Re: Bluebonnets in N Scale?
« Reply #8 on: January 26, 2018, 07:07:29 AM »
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@GP40X , go up to your local salvation army or re-store- I bet you will find a used blender there for 5-10 bucks and a used microwave for 20.

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Re: Bluebonnets in N Scale?
« Reply #9 on: January 26, 2018, 08:46:08 AM »
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Kato has offered the bluebonnet scheme on its F units but they are hard to find.
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