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Fall leaves..?
Posted by ReptileGuy on Sunday, November 4, 2012 9:07 AM

    I will soon be starting on a project which consists of a few "Project cars", in a back yard in front of and next to a 2 car, residential type garage. My idea for the scene is to depict a fall setting. I will need to simulate both grass, and leaves for the lawn and on the cars.. Can anyone tell me how you simulate multi-colored, dried out "Fall" leaves in a 1/25-1/24 scale? Does anyone make them I can just buy them from? I will be making this thing look just like my own house did, in the mid to late 90's, when I was in my prime of auto restorations and had a few G.M.'s at the house. I will most likely even be putting myself and a friend or one of my brothers into the scene as well...

 Thanks in advance- Nick

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Posted by mercman1953 on Sunday, November 4, 2012 9:36 AM

Nick what I did was to buy a blender at the local thrift store. Got it for under 5 bucks. Collected some leaves of various colors, threw them in and turned it on. Chopped them up nicely.

As for the grass, check out the Model railroad section of your LHS. All sorts of differnet colors of turf there.

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Posted by jan on Tuesday, November 6, 2012 1:18 PM

Look at stores where they sell dry thee. Thee leaves look a lot like normal tree leaves,


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Posted by JTRACING on Wednesday, November 7, 2012 8:54 AM

find a birch tree around you, they have long seedpods, when they fall off the tree they make excellent leaves. so much so people sell them as such in the military modeling aftermarket.

if you want ultra real leaves,  do a google search for photo etch leaves and you will be surprised at what you find., they might not be 1/24 scale but remember leaves come in all sizes in real life.

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Posted by BigTallDad on Wednesday, November 7, 2012 9:40 AM

Perhaps some cooking stuff might work...parsley, sage, rosemary, thyme etc.

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Posted by Bainford on Thursday, November 8, 2012 7:15 AM

Go to a craft store and get a couple of paper punches that punch a shape that is NOT round. They can look like cats or bunnies or whatever (perhaps even leaf shaped), as long as they are not round. While there get some coloured paper in yellow, orange, red and brown. Punch a bunch of holes and keep the bits. Scatter on your diorama as required.

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Posted by Chief Joseph on Friday, November 9, 2012 9:18 AM

All of these suggestions are great.  I have a diorama in the works that will need small leaves, too.  For the clutter I plan to use crushed dried leaves, but I also wanted some very detailed leaves that were unmistakable in their appearance.  So I collected some leaves from a maple tree, traced them, and made some photoetched leaves in 1/24.  Instead of brass, I etched the pattern in very soft 0.003" copper foil (available at Hobby Lobby) so that I could bend them easily into natural shapes.  The purpose of these leaves was to give a little more form to the clutter; when you throw in some recognizable shapes then the illusion of realism is stronger.

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Posted by Roggan on Tuesday, November 27, 2012 3:43 AM

I have used Oregano. It's perfect and ready to use. Looks like leaves and easy to sprinkle out where ever you want.

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Posted by Rustykid on Tuesday, November 27, 2012 7:52 AM

I just finished up a diorama and a Chevelle the I used the left over leaves from the diorama on. I ran normal leaves through a hand meat grinder more times to get it small! One note, you need to get diferent colored leaves to kill the monotone. Then I used white glue or water to attach. Please view this video to see the finished progress!

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Posted by Draggon on Sunday, March 10, 2013 9:38 PM

Check out  laserboard-polyester impregnated craft paper. It is cut by a laser. Go here and take a look. Their stuff is HO, but perhaps they would know if and or where you could get what you want.

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Posted by aussiemuscle308 on Tuesday, March 19, 2013 8:09 PM

i've bought vector cut's tools, they look good

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