There is no better way to showcase a foreground scene and bring it to life with realism than to incorporate a highly detailed massive Hero Tree into the scene.
The photo to the right shows one of our 25 cm (10 inch) Hero Trees shading an HO scale barn. In HO scale (1/87) this tree is only 73 feet high.
Like all ScaleTree.com products, we have researched the prototype and developed Hero Trees to replicate the prototype. Our first release in our line of Hero Trees is "The Oak" which will easily represent many different species of trees. A stand alone large Oak tree will easily reach heights of 85 to 100 feet with some reaching heights of 120 feet. If you have photographs of an actual place you are using for reference for your scenery, observe how the trees most likely tower over the structures and vehicles.
All of our Hero Tree armatures are made of twisted wires to replicate the trunk and the main branches. After we twist the branches and are satisfied with the shape of the trunk and main branches, we coat the armature with our special formula bark coating. This coating adds color and texture to the armature while keeping it flexible so you can easily manipulate and change the shape of the armature to your desired shape. RTP (Ready to Plant) – use the planting spike to plant the tree into your diorama, layout, or scenery base.
The photo to the right shows one of our 25 cm (10 inch) Hero Trees interacting with an O-scale two-story building. In O-scale (1/48) this tree is only 40 feet high.
Another added detail to each armature is the flaring of the lower portion of the trunk before it meets the ground. See the detail photo toward the bottom of this page to get a close up view of our trunk texture coating.
Each armature has a mounting pin protruding out of the bottom of the trunk to allow plainting into your scenery base.
The detailed branching structure is created using our Original BranchBunches material. The Individual branches are thick enough to be seen at
so the foliage appears to be connected to something substantial,
instead of floating in mid air. BranchBunches are also a dark gray to add shadowing and depth to the tree after the foliage is applied.
Our BranchBunches branching material is totally synthetic which has many advantages. It is durable and will not become brittle with age. It is non-magnetic and non electricity conductive, so it will not be attracted to motor mechanisms or create an electrical short. It does not contain dust collecting glycerin, and it is non tasty to insects and pests. It is not recognizable as a specific species of plant or flower. This is especially important in model photography where recognizable natural materials can easily give away the illusion of scale.
The photo to the right shows one of our 20 cm (8 inch) Hero Trees dwarfing an N-scale two-story building as large oaks do. In N-scale (1/160) this tree is an appropriate 110 feet high.
Our summer foliage Hero Trees come in three colors to allow a variety of tree species to be represented.
- Bright Green
- Medium Green - Olive Green
Our foliage is our own special formula to follow prototype colors and texture. See the detail photo toward the bottom of this page to get a close up view of our foliage in action. We add extra foliage to the trunk and main branches to simulate moss and vines or young branches.
Using Hero Trees
We recommend using our Hero Trees to showcase those key foreground scenes and then use our Forest Trees as supporting characters around the Hero Trees and to fill in the background of the scene. Use Hero Trees to interact with the structures and other items in the scene. Bend or snip off a limb to all your Hero Trees to hug or bend around a structure to represent it growing around the strucutre over many years.
A Note About Scale
We have designed our Hero Trees in various sizes to work in multiple scales. A towering massive oak in a small scale can also be an ornamental tree in a larger scale and a shrubbery in an even larger scale. Be sure to follow your prototype photos, measurements, and research to create your scenes with realism. Use larger trees in the foreground and smaller trees in the background to add forced perspective and create the perception of greater distance between the foreground and background.
Hero Trees (sizes and pricing)
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1 Hero Tree "The Oak" - 25 cm (10 inch) Tall (summer green foliage)
approx. 25 cm (10 inch) tall by 25 cm (10 inch) wide
1 Hero Tree "The Oak" - 20 cm (8 inch) Tall (summer green foliage)
approx. 20 cm (8 inch) tall by 20 cm (8 inch) wide
1 Hero Tree "The Oak" - 15 cm (6 inch) Tall (summer green foliage)
approx. 15 cm (6 inch) tall by 15 cm (6 inch) wide
1 Hero Tree "The Oak" - 10 cm (4 inch) Tall (summer green foliage)
approx. 10 cm (4 inch) tall by 10 cm (4 inch) wide
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