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If my armor modeling has a grand strategy, it's to build like the classic Shepard Paine scenes so many of us enjoyed seeing years ago. In my earliest diorama efforts I discovered that slathering plaster, cat litter, and model railroad turf onto a hastily cut plywood base didn't make very convincing groundwork in 1/35th scale. And in the past several years, I've focused on the confrontation between NATO and the Warsaw Pact in Europe. Germany is green in mind, body, and spirit, so I'd better learn to build trees. Here's some experiments I've done lately. In all cases, the major trunk-and-branch system is twisted wire armature coated with Vallejo's mud paste. Variations on this method can be found scattered throughout the modelmaking internet. (The tallest tree has some epoxy putty in it, too, but I'm not sure I'll bother with that next time.) In each case, I'm using products really sold for smaller-scale model railroading, so the question is whether in 1/35 scale it's persuasive for smaller leaves. Let's see: This shrub's foliage consists of the finer branches or twigs done with Woodland Scenics' polyfiber, stretched around the bigger branches and then snipped with scissors, per Andy's (He of Hobby Headquarters) tutorial on YouTube. I then added leaves from Noch. Looks good, if somewhat dense, but I suspect the leaves can be thinned by simply sprinkling them on less heavily. This small tree has polyfiber for the smaller branches, but I used Scenic Express' "superleaves." Very similar to Noch; it may be my imagination, but the leaves might be slightly larger. If so, it's not obvious. Scenic Express sells this stuff in a shaker bottle, as well as these "Eco" bags. The bag is better, I think, because the shaker is tedious and slower than simply using my fingers to scatter the leaves on the tree. I think this looks pretty good, and I'm going to try scaling this up. I don't think this looks like a European tree. On my largest armature, I used Noch static grass (5mm) instead of cut up polyfiber. I think that's the mistake. The static grass didn't give the leaves (also Noch) a sprawling branch network to lay on, that the polyfiber would have provided. I think I've seen trees that look like this in other parts of the world, though, so it's worth filing away. I'm looking for sources of larger leaves right now, and have at least two ideas in mind. But I'm pleasantly surprised that the smaller scale leaves I tried out both look reasonably good for smaller leaves in 1/35 scale.