I don’t have hard evidence to back it up but I have a theory.

Scenery is little more than filler for many hobbyists.

Something done because it’s expected. Something to cover up the benchwork or to keep the trains off the floor. I’m not saying it’s a universal attitude but I bet it is more prevalent than we know. Consider:

Boxcar with Hutchins end

RY Models Baldwin S12

Concrete platform on the I&W

Silver maple in winter

Well, we’ve been told repeatedly that the typical basement empire requires 1,453,678,980,345 trees plus a dozen more (just to be sure), or something like that. Given the fact that’s more than a handful, most people’s eyes glaze over and they desperately want the task to go away.

Nothing wrong with that basement filling empire but if that’s your goal, then you have your work cut out for you. Compromise is the watch word for big layouts. You know, the pick your battles sort of thing. It’s understandable you’d want every fast, dirt cheap and bonehead simple shortcut in the book for doing trees. Did I mention that if you want more than one layout deck, you’ll need at least 3,000,000,000,000 trees or something like that, plus a dozen more (you know, just to be sure)?

Here’s a thought. On a smaller layout, what if you treated landforms, trees and other vegetation like a model based on full-sized objects? What might that look like?

Maybe like this. Enjoy Trevor’s video (it’s hi-def, so you may have to let it load a bit or reduce the resolution on a slower connection) and TMC 09 is on sale now. Yeah now, twelve days ahead of schedule.