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Posted: Wednesday, March 06, 2013 - 11:07 AM UTC
Rick Cooper gives us a build review of the new Scenic Factory pine tree kit (16-18").

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Biggles2
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Posted: Thursday, March 07, 2013 - 05:01 AM UTC
They do look good, but as stated, at $50 a bit pricey. Wouldn't it be much cheaper to buy a bunch of fern at the local florist and make your own trunks with acrylic modeling paste brushed on balsa sticks?? Not too much extra work required.
jhoenig
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Posted: Thursday, March 07, 2013 - 05:40 AM UTC
Biggles2, I am on both ends of your posts, I am the one also doing the large diorama. On the trees yes $50 does seem like alot but when you break it down not so bad.
Price includes shipping which is about $10 by itself because of box size, which knocks it down to about $20 per tree and there is enough material supplied to probably build 3 trees and they are large, the trunks are textured.
When your done running around collecting everything then building (also preserving plumosa to last isn't as easy as everyone thinks) $20 isn't that bad for a tree that looks as good as these, but as always its personal choice, they are out there if someone wants.I'll answer the other post in the other column, thanks - John
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Posted: Thursday, March 07, 2013 - 05:53 AM UTC
Nice review. It does seem a bit pricey but for $20 a tree they look very good, and saving time on material gathering increase their value for me. I figure I'll buy at least one set and try them out.

Matt
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Posted: Thursday, March 07, 2013 - 06:02 AM UTC
Thanks Matt, I think what throws everything off is that they are sold in sets of 2 which makes it sound like a $50 tree,(its difficult to supply just enough material for 1 tree, everyone will build them different) if I sold them for $15 per tree w/o shipping that would probably sound great until you got to checkout and got nailed another $10 plus these are good sized trees intended for dioramas not mass plantings, because I do supply enough foliage I will start adding a 3rd trunk the 18" and 15" kits -thanks again -John
zeppelin54321
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Posted: Thursday, June 06, 2013 - 02:05 AM UTC
please be aware,my order came to $63.80+$22.30 p/p.i have just been left a grey card from the post office,before they deliver I have to pay 18.86 import duty.worked out very very expensive.
wildsgt
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Posted: Thursday, June 06, 2013 - 02:29 AM UTC
All I can say is John has a customer for life.
zeppelin54321
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Posted: Friday, June 07, 2013 - 01:01 AM UTC
update on my purchases from the scenic factory,Plumosa/Asparagus Fern Large Package,Pine Tree Kit 11"-13" (set of 3).well what can I say,fantastic bit of kit, the pine trees are awesome, the fern is the best I've seen, enough to make an extra tree, the packaging was A1 and the instructions are superb.as said, you pay for the best. Its a shame I had to pay taxes, but that's not mr hoenig's fault. Would I pay taxes and buy again, YES I WOULD. Product 10/10,but we need a uk supplier. Thanks mr hoeing, for a superb product.steve
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Posted: Friday, June 07, 2013 - 07:15 AM UTC

Stephen,
Thanks for the kind words and positive review and I apologize for the import tax (they just have to squeeze money from everywhere)I am currently looking for a UK or overseas supplier if anyone knows or has contacts. I ship 50% of orders overseas.
On another note I will be carrying the Stalingrad line of 1/35 figures and RB Model products shortly as well as harder to find products here in the US
Thanks again - John
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Posted: Sunday, June 09, 2013 - 06:19 AM UTC
Nice kit. But this reminds me of another feature article done 2002 ; http://armorama.com/modules.php?op=modload&name=Sections&file=index&req=viewarticle&artid=2626