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Discuss tree techniques, and explain how to do them here.
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| July 29, 2014, 9:33 pm
The tree technique with the all studed sides, I made quite a little different than(I think) from Professor B. I'd like to see how he did it....
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| July 29, 2014, 9:37 pm
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Quoting Chris .
The tree technique with the all studed sides, I made quite a little different than(I think) from Professor B. I'd like to see how he did it....

As would I...

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| July 29, 2014, 9:38 pm
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The way I do the studs on the side method is, I take a couple super earlings, and and put them together but with two studs in between. Then I put brown plates on them, leaves on top of that and voila!
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| July 29, 2014, 9:42 pm
The way I do the tree stud technique is:

First place a 1x1 brick that has a stud attachment on each side and add brown 1x1 bricks on top of it. On each side stud of the 1x1, I add brown 1x whatever length plate and add atop. Then if I want an angle tree, I will get a hinge and put them both is each side and connect. It's quite hard to explain. When I add a MOC with them I'll show you guys.
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| July 29, 2014, 9:59 pm
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For a creepy atmosphere, black trees with hinged trunks can work really well:

http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/391188
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| July 29, 2014, 10:00 pm
I wonder if we could get Prof. B. to do a tutorial for hinged trees.
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| July 30, 2014, 12:39 am
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Quoting Halhi 141
For a creepy atmosphere, black trees with hinged trunks can work really well:

http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/391188

I wonder what it would look like with red leaves...
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| July 30, 2014, 7:08 am
My favorite tree technique is this:

1)You take a travis brick, and then put 1x4 brown plates on all sides. Then, you put another travis brick inside the top of the brown plates.

2)Next, you'll need a T-bar hinge. Stick it into the head of the top travis brick.

3)Repeat step one twice, except make sure you leave both Travis bricks turned. (So there's studs on both ends of the logs)

4) Put some 1x1 clips on the end of the logs you made in step 3.

5) Clip the logs onto the many trunk you made in step one.

6) Place leaves on top.

It should look something like this: http://www.mocpages.com/image_zoom.php?mocid=327482&id=/user_images/49230/1339338122m
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| July 30, 2014, 8:15 am
Quoting Halhi 141
For a creepy atmosphere, black trees with hinged trunks can work really well:

http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/391188

Those trees are very cool, and creepy :P It'd be great to see how it's done though :)
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| July 30, 2014, 8:30 am
Quoting ~ Brick
My favorite tree technique is this:

1)You take a travis brick, and then put 1x4 brown plates on all sides. Then, you put another travis brick inside the top of the brown plates.

2)Next, you'll need a T-bar hinge. Stick it into the head of the top travis brick.

3)Repeat step one twice, except make sure you leave both Travis bricks turned. (So there's studs on both ends of the logs)

4) Put some 1x1 clips on the end of the logs you made in step 3.

5) Clip the logs onto the many trunk you made in step one.

6) Place leaves on top.

It should look something like this: http://www.mocpages.com/image_zoom.php?mocid=327482&id=/user_images/49230/1339338122m

That is nice. I'll use that.
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| July 30, 2014, 8:49 am
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Wow. That's a very complex tree. It looks great though, I'll have to try it!
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| July 30, 2014, 8:51 am
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Quoting ~ Brick
My favorite tree technique is this:

Cool! I'll have to try that some time.
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| July 30, 2014, 9:37 am
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Quoting The Dunedain98
Those trees are very cool, and creepy :P It'd be great to see how it's done though :)

Pretty similar to ~ Brick's trees, except the hinge is done with two 1x4/2x2 hinge plates, and there's a cheese slope in the middle to fill in the gap. Hopefully that makes sense...
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| July 30, 2014, 10:01 am
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Quoting Thomas B.
I wonder what it would look like with red leaves...

Personally I don't really like red leaves; leaves look best when they fit the color motifs of the rest of the build. For most builds, that would be bright green or green. In that build, dark green best matches the overall ground shading. In my next build, dark green or dark orange would work best since those colors are both present elsewhere in the MOC.
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| July 30, 2014, 10:03 am
Quoting Halhi 141
Pretty similar to ~ Brick's trees, except the hinge is done with two 1x4/2x2 hinge plates, and there's a cheese slope in the middle to fill in the gap. Hopefully that makes sense...

Ah! Thanks! :)
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| July 30, 2014, 3:38 pm
My favorite tree technique can be found here.
http://www.mocpages.com/image_zoom.php?mocid=387291&id=/user_images/86622/1398965138m_DISPLAY.jpg
It works well only if you have a lot of leaves and want a large dio.
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| July 30, 2014, 3:41 pm
Quoting Zach Lucia
It doesn't solely have to be for big dios'. It works and looks just as well down-sized for smaller creations. :)
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| July 30, 2014, 3:44 pm
Quoting Thomas B.
I wonder what it would look like with red leaves...
Yeah, I agree with Halhi on this one. Dark red works best with really earthy tones such as browns and greys, and sometimes dark tan and olive green, which is why they are usually only in fantasy builds. In other builds where the other colors are more on the classic side of things such as green or bright green, they don't mesh well and look very out of place.
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| July 30, 2014, 3:54 pm
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One of the most unique tree designs I've ever seen is by Zach Lucia:
http://www.mocpages.com/image_zoom.php?mocid=384470&id=/user_images/104984/13957730512
Granted, it wouldn't work well for a lot of applications, but still.
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| July 30, 2014, 7:47 pm
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Quoting Kevin Moyer
One of the most unique tree designs I've ever seen is by Zach Lucia:
http://www.mocpages.com/image_zoom.php?mocid=384470&id=/user_images/104984/13957730512
Granted, it wouldn't work well for a lot of applications, but still.

I get the feeling only 1/1000 people have that big brown brick :P
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| July 30, 2014, 8:25 pm
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Quoting Thomas B.
I get the feeling only 1/1000 people have that big brown brick :P

Yeah, even I don't have it. Of course, I have practically no Star Wars sets, and I think it's some sort of figure (Rancor or something, I don't really know)
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| July 30, 2014, 8:31 pm
Quoting Halhi 141
Yeah, even I don't have it. Of course, I have practically no Star Wars sets, and I think it's some sort of figure (Rancor or something, I don't really know)

It's a Rock Raiders monster, from 2002 or thereabouts.
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| July 30, 2014, 8:47 pm
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Quoting Thomas of Tortuga
It's a Rock Raiders monster, from 2002 or thereabouts.

Yeah, who's gonna have such a piece :P
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| July 30, 2014, 8:47 pm
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Quoting Thomas B.
Yeah, who's gonna have such a piece :P

Yep :P
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| July 30, 2014, 8:59 pm
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I'm using a method I learned a while ago, for my MOC-off with Tim. It wasn't used for a tree when I saw it, but I thought 'It'll work, so why not?'
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| July 31, 2014, 1:28 pm
Quoting Thomas of Tortuga
It's a Rock Raiders monster, from 2002 or thereabouts.

I wanted one of those things... So when Power Miners came out I was like, "Crystal King here I come!"
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| July 31, 2014, 1:54 pm
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This lady has another interesting technique: https://www.flickr.com/photos/eilonwy77/ . Scroll down a bit, and there are a bunch of pictures. I want to try this one sometime.
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| July 31, 2014, 3:19 pm
Quoting All Who Asked

I actually have about four of those rock monster guys. When I was about 6 my mom bought me some of those sets and a bunch of rock monsters off of ebay. :D
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| July 31, 2014, 4:54 pm
Quoting Zach Lucia
My favorite tree technique can be found here.
http://www.mocpages.com/image_zoom.php?mocid=387291&id=/user_images/86622/1398965138m_DISPLAY.jpg
It works well only if you have a lot of leaves and want a large dio.

Yeah, that technique is definitely my favorite.
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| July 31, 2014, 7:31 pm
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Quoting Prof. B.

Can you show us how you did the trees in "The Wanderer"?
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| July 31, 2014, 7:44 pm
My own approach was quite different - http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/288565

A piece in one of the Indiana Jones sets, used for a campfire, was effectively a 1x1 cylinder with four spokes. Two of them on a shaft, with some of those leaf parts interlocking.

If I were to use it again, I'd probably experiment with lowering the bottom one just enough to fit in some of those leafy cylinders in the top gaps, and attach a few more leaf parts here and there.

Not sure if it can be scaled up.

Been in a bit of a 'dim age' for the last two years or so, so I haven't made anything but microscale mechae for quite a while, and not with physical bricks either.
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| August 2, 2014, 11:32 pm
Quoting Zach Lucia
My favorite tree technique can be found here.
http://www.mocpages.com/image_zoom.php?mocid=387291&id=/user_images/86622/1398965138m_DISPLAY.jpg
It works well only if you have a lot of leaves and want a large dio.

those trees are quite amazing

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| August 18, 2014, 8:55 am
Here are some microscaled trees I have made. They're fairly simple but I feel like they are failry succesful for the MOC they were for.

http://mocpages.com/image_zoom.php?mocid=395227&id=/user_images/43671/1408538959m
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| August 20, 2014, 10:17 am
Quoting Thomas B.
Can you show us how you did the trees in "The Wanderer"?

Heh. Missed this. Sorry. :P

I actually cheated in The Wanderer. The top sections aren't connected. They're just sitting on top. :P The reason I did that is because I don't have the right colored piece. You use hinged plates to angle it like so: http://mocpages.com/image_zoom.php?mocid=383115&id=/user_images/96438/1394335504m.
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| August 20, 2014, 2:13 pm
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Quoting MCLegoboy !
Here are some microscaled trees I have made. They're fairly simple but I feel like they are failry succesful for the MOC they were for.

http://mocpages.com/image_zoom.php?mocid=395227&id=/user_images/43671/1408538959m

Not bad! The one on the right reminds me of a tree from Minecraft for some reason.
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| August 20, 2014, 2:28 pm
I came up with a new micro-scale tree technique. http://www.mocpages.com/image_zoom.php?mocid=395966&id=/user_images/103310/1409348564m

I'm pretty happy with it. What do you guys think of it?
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| August 29, 2014, 6:45 pm
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Heh, heh..I used a basic tree technique to make battering ram :D http://www.mocpages.com/image_zoom.php?mocid=395983&id=/user_images/108963/14093636431
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| August 31, 2014, 12:36 pm
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Quoting Mark McPeek
I came up with a new micro-scale tree technique. http://www.mocpages.com/image_zoom.php?mocid=395966&id=/user_images/103310/1409348564m

I'm pretty happy with it. What do you guys think of it?

Looks great! Are those 1x2 or 2x2 jumper plates that you used for the leaves?
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| August 31, 2014, 12:37 pm
Quoting Thomas B.
Heh, heh..I used a basic tree technique to make battering ram :D http://www.mocpages.com/image_zoom.php?mocid=395983&id=/user_images/108963/14093636431

It actually Looks Pretty Good
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| August 31, 2014, 12:37 pm
This is i tree technique that i think is super awesome but for some reason some people dont like
http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/395786
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| August 31, 2014, 12:38 pm
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Quoting Sean-Thomas Mahoney
This is i tree technique that i think is super awesome but for some reason some people dont like
http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/395786

Personally I don't think that type of tree makes it look very realistic. It can look really good if you use slopes to give it more texture, and if you make it fatter. J-Rod uses that type a lot
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| August 31, 2014, 12:44 pm
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Quoting Thomas B.
Personally I don't think that type of tree makes it look very realistic. It can look really good if you use slopes to give it more texture, and if you make it fatter. J-Rod uses that type a lot

I'm not a big fan of J-rod's technique - too plain, too simple, and as a result all the ridges are the same size (and too big).
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| August 31, 2014, 12:57 pm
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Quoting Halhi 141
I'm not a big fan of J-rod's technique - too plain, too simple, and as a result all the ridges are the same size (and too big).

As I said I don't think it's the best either, (I like SNOT trees made with Super Earlings) but if made expertly they can look pretty nice
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| August 31, 2014, 1:00 pm
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Quoting Mark McPeek
I came up with a new micro-scale tree technique. http://www.mocpages.com/image_zoom.php?mocid=395966&id=/user_images/103310/1409348564m

I'm pretty happy with it. What do you guys think of it?

It's quite nice! Looks like you're putting a Heroica set or two to good use there. :P
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| August 31, 2014, 1:39 pm
Quoting Kevin Moyer
It's quite nice! Looks like you're putting a Heroica set or two to good use there. :P

Actually, it's the Hobbit game. ;) And yes, they are 2x2 jumpers.
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| August 31, 2014, 4:52 pm
I have a good technique. You get a long bendy piece that is as thick as a lightsaber blade and then you put leaves on it. I used it here <a href="http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/394971"</a>;
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| September 1, 2014, 5:29 am
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Quoting Cameron Wilson
I have a good technique. You get a long bendy piece that is as thick as a lightsaber blade and then you put leaves on it. I used it here <a href="http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/394971"</a>;

Whoah, that's awesome!
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| September 1, 2014, 9:27 am
I don't think I've seen anybody use this piece before:
http://www.mocpages.com/image_zoom.php?mocid=396579&id=/user_images/109898/14101262874
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| September 7, 2014, 6:22 pm
Quoting Noel Peterson
I don't think I've seen anybody use this piece before:
http://www.mocpages.com/image_zoom.php?mocid=396579&id=/user_images/109898/14101262874

Definitely unique to my eye, it just needs to be covered up to really be magical.
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| September 7, 2014, 7:41 pm

I'm pretty sure you've posted that already. Are you wantong an opinion? It's not bad. I'm not a fan of it sinc the plates adn tiles can't really lay correctly. I'm a bit of a stickler for following LEGO's legal connections so I try to avoid them as much as possible. This doesn't bother me all that much but it's just my nature to nitpick at stuff like that.
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| September 7, 2014, 8:18 pm
All of the above techniques are very good. I'll now show you all how I made my trees (until I saw how you make those forks)

Www.mocpages.com/moc.php/386285


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| October 6, 2014, 3:54 am
one tree technique that I have used is done with droid arms
http://mocpages.com/image_zoom.php?mocid=379085&id=/user_images/107160/1389916724m
It would have been better if it were shorter.
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| October 13, 2014, 1:55 pm
Quoting ~ Brick
My favorite tree technique is this:

1)You take a travis brick, and then put 1x4 brown plates on all sides. Then, you put another travis brick inside the top of the brown plates.

2)Next, you'll need a T-bar hinge. Stick it into the head of the top travis brick.

3)Repeat step one twice, except make sure you leave both Travis bricks turned. (So there's studs on both ends of the logs)

4) Put some 1x1 clips on the end of the logs you made in step 3.

5) Clip the logs onto the many trunk you made in step one.

6) Place leaves on top.

It should look something like this: http://www.mocpages.com/image_zoom.php?mocid=327482&id=/user_images/49230/1339338122m

Nice!!
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| December 6, 2014, 9:15 am
Do you like these trees? http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/403870
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| January 4, 2015, 5:54 pm
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Quoting Benjamin Corey
I find it odd that all of the techniques are for live trees, and no dead ones. I came up with a new technique for robot arms by using them on my trees here: http://mocpages.com/moc.php/401542

A lot of people have used that before...
http://mocpages.com/image_zoom.php?mocid=381907&id=/user_images/105700/1393102010m
But I agree that you hardly ever see dead trees, which is a shame.
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| January 4, 2015, 6:49 pm
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Quoting Benjamin Corey
I meant the exact technique I used, where the arms are not used to build the entire tree, but to add detail to the existing tree.

Yeah, that specifically is a technique I haven't seen before...
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| January 4, 2015, 6:55 pm
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What is the best way to build trees like this one http://www.mocpages.com/image_zoom.php?mocid=391038&id=/user_images/108963/14035450573 but with limbs branching off?
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| January 5, 2015, 1:12 pm
In my most resent post, I did a technique that I thought was pretty cool. I put a lego rubber band inside 1x1 round pieces and stretched out the rubber band. This made it a bit more stiff, so I was able to angle each piece so that the tree was bent so to say to make it more natural.

Post: http://mocpages.com/moc.php/403674
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| January 5, 2015, 8:52 pm
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Quoting Clear Brick
I put a lego rubber band inside 1x1 round pieces and stretched out the rubber band.

That's kind of cool. I've seen similar things using flex-tube, but never rubber bands. I might just have to try that.

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| January 5, 2015, 9:49 pm
Quoting Kevin Moyer
That's kind of cool. I've seen similar things using flex-tube, but never rubber bands. I might just have to try that.

It's sad though, no one ever seems to take notice of things like that. :/
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| January 5, 2015, 10:06 pm
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Quoting Thomas .
What is the best way to build trees like this one http://www.mocpages.com/image_zoom.php?mocid=391038&id=/user_images/108963/14035450573 but with limbs branching off?

I think that a good way would be Kai Bernstein's technique... http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/381379
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| January 11, 2015, 1:15 am
Quoting Thomas .
What is the best way to build trees like this one http://www.mocpages.com/image_zoom.php?mocid=391038&id=/user_images/108963/14035450573 but with limbs branching off?

Stick plates at a 90 degree angle between studs, and attach leaves.
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| January 12, 2015, 8:51 pm
Well I orginally put this in land scaping not seeing this one, how do you make good looking trees because I see some amazing trees on here an I want to lean how to make them.
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| February 14, 2015, 10:02 am
Quoting (: Alexrules99 :)
Well I orginally put this in land scaping not seeing this one, how do you make good looking trees because I see some amazing trees on here an I want to lean how to make them.


Here is a pretty advanced one for bigger trees
http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/405662
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| February 14, 2015, 10:06 am
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Quoting (: Alexrules99 :)
Well I orginally put this in land scaping not seeing this one, how do you make good looking trees because I see some amazing trees on here an I want to lean how to make them.

http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/381379
Have a look at that.
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| February 14, 2015, 10:42 am
Quoting Thomas .
http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/381379
Have a look at that.


Wow that helps, not just for trees! Thanks!
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| February 14, 2015, 11:48 pm
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Quoting (: Alexrules99 :)
Well I orginally put this in land scaping not seeing this one, how do you make good looking trees because I see some amazing trees on here an I want to lean how to make them.

http://mocpages.com/moc.php/382569

This is the best pine tree technique I have seen... and it only uses two kinds of pieces.


In this example, Derfel Cadarn used lots of black robot arms and other greeble pieces and wraps string around the whole construction for a very realistic bark effect: https://www.flickr.com/photos/45244184@N04/8627798577/
Indiana Jones whip pieces can also be used for that purpose.
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| February 15, 2015, 2:23 pm
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