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I understand that G scale is the closest scale to my 1/24 scale.
I am just starting to build trucks. and what I need to do is fill my logging trailer with logs.
Where might I find logs that would look very realistic model
Regards from The Eagles Nest
 
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You could use suitable prunings from garden plants.
 
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Thanks for the information Mr. Britan
 
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Check out different species of tree branches for ones with bark that will scale well to what you are modelling. The finer bark species will probably suit better for a scale model. Scale loads of hardwood logs can add considerable weight to an entire consist so perhaps lighter weight softwood branches will suit better. The bark of some will fall off when the wood dries so test a few out before cutting down an entire forest of logs. :nod:
When you cut them make sure the thick end of some of the logs have a facing notch cut with splintery hinge as tree fellers do rather than a straight through cut. This will look more authentic.

If you want fake, light weight large logs you could paint up some of those swimming pool floaty foam noodle things being about 70mm thick. Only a few $ for about a 1.8 mtr length.
Combined with carving, inscribing and dry brushing, a variety of bark like texturing can be achieved.
 
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If you have a lot of log cars then maybe consider plastic ones. They are a lot lighter and can be made to look quite realistic (the mouding is but the colour is just brown) - I just give the ends a dab of colour and run a brush over the bark. Bruder, and Siku, make them in 1/16 or 1/32nd. As trees come in different sizes the plastic ones are whatever you might be logging!

But I do use real did grow sometimes .......

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YES Sir, that is what I was looking for. Are the ones in the pic plastic?
Where did you get them
Regards The Eagles Nest
 
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They don't just grow on trees, you know.
Hang on, yes they do! :wasntme:
 
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YES Sir, that is what I was looking for. Are the ones in the pic plastic?
Where did you get them
Regards The Eagles Nest
I have used Elder Tree Cuttings and also Conifer. Both may work out heavier than Plastic but look oh so much more realistic. Look for some one locally doing some Hedge or Tree Trimming and ask for some of the cuttings that appear to be the right size if you do not have any suitable Trees yourself. And yes those in the Pic are certainly the real thing.
 
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I think they are the real deal Steven.
Perhaps you could try the model building suppliers to see if they have molded logs.
The Bachmann Big Hauler ones are toy like.
 
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I understand that G scale is the closest scale to my 1/24 scale.
I am just starting to build trucks. and what I need to do is fill my logging trailer with logs.
Where might I find logs that would look very realistic model
Regards from The Eagles Nest
I use the trunk of a plant called Cordyline for my logs.
They are a fast growing tall plant with a log like trunk, if you cut them and leave them to dry for a few months you end up with a log that has good bark texture but weights less than balsa wood for a similar size piece.
The good thing about them is that the top that is cut off readily strikes and anew plant is available for more log harvesting down the track.
variety is sometimes sold as""Chinese Happy Plant as well.

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The Bachmann logs aren't bad - sometimes sold on ebay.

Beware two lengths - they made plastic logs for both 20ft and 30 ft wagons.

For the real stuff, Holly is quite good and straight :nod::nod::nod:
 
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I use the trunk of a plant called Cordyline for my logs.
They are a fast growing tall plant with a log like trunk, if you cut them and leave them to dry for a few months you end up with a log that has good bark texture but weights less than balsa wood for a similar size piece.
The good thing about them is that the top that is cut off readily strikes and anew plant is available for more log harvesting down the track.
variety is sometimes sold as""Chinese Happy Plant as well.

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Cordyline is freely available in the South West - often known s Torbay Palms.
 
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Soft woods, where used as scenic lineside items do attract insects, so harder woods are preferably and last longer. Annual pruning (if you have trees) can supply replacements if needed. A friendly neighbour might provide some if you have no trees.
Small chopped logs were a feature on those lines in the USA that used wood burning locos, such as those in Colorado and New Mexico. Small lineside stacks can be seen in old photographs.
The Bachman tender, which has 'plastic' logs really spoils the model. I replaced mine with 'small logs' made out of cherry wood; an immediate improvement to the models appearance.
 
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Those Bruder logs look similar to the Bachmann logs but with different bark pattern.
 
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Soft woods, where used as scenic lineside items do attract insects, so harder woods are preferably and last longer. Annual pruning (if you have trees) can supply replacements if needed. A friendly neighbour might provide some if you have no trees.
Small chopped logs were a feature on those lines in the USA that used wood burning locos, such as those in Colorado and New Mexico. Small lineside stacks can be seen in old photographs.
The Bachman tender, which has 'plastic' logs really spoils the model. I replaced mine with 'small logs' made out of cherry wood; an immediate improvement to the models appearance.
Dunk 'em in a timber preservative - last for ever >:)>:)>:)
 
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YES Sir, that is what I was looking for. Are the ones in the pic plastic?
Where did you get them
Regards The Eagles Nest
As mentioned by others - they are real!
 
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I happen to know that several Forum members have branched out and formed a splinter group.

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I remember that at one annual show I went to with a layout I had real wood (prunings from skimmia) as a load. The first question a youngster asked was, "Are the logs real wood?", to which the answer was, "Yes". As soon as his mates appeared, he pointed at the truck and shouted, "Hey, the logs are real wood!". His mates were equally excited by this news.