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Go West Young Fig, Go West . Covered Wagon . Yes, the wagon is reprised from Etude in Water. I'm breaking it out by itself for inclusion in a western theme group. It was pushing its luck in a medieval scene, where it was tucked away in the back anyway. I'm also using this as an excuse to mess around with foliage one last time before moving on to other subjects. I know this is not an elaborate diorama, but I've got 2 unrelated projects I'm slobbering after, and I'm getting burned out on this stuff. The only thing I will allow is that there may be an English Garden MOC in my future. Strangely, the wagon is my only build to date that I have not taken apart. The home front tells me it reminds them of the Chuck Wagon dog food commercials. Dog food. Well, how could it not earn a special place in my heart. I would not hazard what most of the foliage is exactly, but the pink thing is a rhododendron. For other examples of great trees, among many other things, you are encouraged to visit Anu Pehrson's MOCs. I would encourage him to add more close ups of the novel trees. It is currently hard to make out what is going on with some of them, and they are worth studying, I'm sure. While all my foliage designs have so far been my own, I realized after the fact that it is not out of the question I got inspiration from Anu. Nor would I be the least distraught if I had. Anu has another, which gives the hint of a weeping willow, which I do later plan on trying to run with in some way. Yes, Zane, we both know which part of this MOC has your name on it. I keep trying to get away from playing that card again, and I keep getting sucked back in. I thought the initial idea was groundshaking, but now it seems like hot stuff that keeps on giving. I may have to put my finger back in the dyke though. This theme is becoming intrusive. ;^} Anyway, I have to go bone up on my Technic skills. I'd like to turn a knob and have some of the flowers go to seed. Good thing I now have a bucket of universal joints. I feel so empowered. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Rhododendron tutorial added later by request: in a 4x4 stud square, arrange 4 corners (shown in the first sequence below), 4 sides (second sequence), and 1 center. There will be some mildly annoying placing of the parts from inner layer to outer layer, and it should be noted that alternating corners or sides may need to have one of the flower triples omitted, to fit. It should also be noted that the process is scalable. My first shot was one layer smaller radius, which was quite pleasing as well, and while it gets precarious as it gets bigger, I can still see one more layer added. If you add varying spacers vertically, you can also produce a more rounded shape up top. BTW: rhododendrons (or other flowering bushes of this rough shape) come in any conceivable color, so don't feel bound to pink.


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