Hedges are an essential part of any layout that features even the smallest section of countryside, residential or parkland areas. There are numerous ready to plant model hedges on the market from Javis, Hornby, Gaugemaster, Noch and Faller. Most of them are very good indeed, giving realistic results for most applications on a layout, but of course, as usual, they come at a price. So in our usual thrifty modelling style, we’ve been on the lookout for a low cost way to add hedges to any model railway, no matter what the scale, OO, HO, N and O, and we stumbled across this nice video tutorial on KevinTregunna’s Youtube channel.
Kevin makes use of the tried and tested scouring pad method to great effect. The green pads are available in large packs of about 10 from the local Pound shop for yes, you’ve guessed it, £1! The pads can be easily cut into strips using a pair of scissors for a neatly trimmed finish, or if you prefer a more rough and ready appearance, you can pull at them with a pair of pliers, tear them by hand, wire brush them, generally abuse them to your hearts content to produce a much more unkempt look.
Once you have the strips of scouring pad looking something like the basis of a hedge, you then give it a quick spray with a suitable adhesive, such as Bostik Fastak, then dip it into a tub of flock, scatter or leaf foliage material to give it a very realistic appearance indeed.
For an added touch, you can also dry brush the scouring pad with a suitable brown acrylic paint prior to applying the spray adhesive and covering it with scatter. This will add detail to the twigs and branches underneath. You can also experiment with variations and blends of scatter to simulate the different bushes that may grow in the hedge, from privet to holly, to hawthorn and brambles.
Hope you enjoyed the video. If you have any hints or tips for making your own hedges and trees, please feel free to share them in the comments below 🙂 Thanks for reading!