by: James Bella [ ]
Even though I was a day late and a dollar short for The Scenic Factory's sample offer on Armorama, John was kind enough to send me a few samples of his products. The Scenic Factory, located in beautiful upstate New York, has a wide variety of diorama plant life available ranging from pine trees to forest floor. Prices include free USPS Priority shipping in the continental United States.
I was sent a very nice variety of samples which consist of:
Forest Floor, Green
Forest Floor, Autumn
a bit more detail
Some of the items are marked as preserved, which uses a glycerin solution process. This preservation process helps to retain color and keeps the product more pliable and easier to work with. The Plumosa Fern is preserved and resembles pine tree boughs very well in this scale. Coloring is a rich, dark green for "fresh" boughs, a bit of tan/brown paint will simulate drying branches if desired. These are perfect for use on pine trees (of course!), camouflaging, and as general greenery such as ferns. These arrived in a re-closable blister pack to keep them protected until ready to use.
The Caspia are preserved also, making them much less brittle than other Caspia I have used. I couldn't get a decent photo of these, but they are a dark forest green with dense "flowers". These make nice bushes and scrub brush, a bit of paint on the ends make for great flowering bushes and wild flowers. Re-closable blister packed.
These are preserved so they don't crumble when handled, even though they look dry as a bone. Having excellent branch definition these can be used for dead branches, deadfall, or saplings in an Autumn/Winter setting. Re-closable blister packed.
These ranged in length from about 4" to 6" and various diameters from ultra thin to log size in 1:35 scale. Various uses from forest floor to bundled up on AFV's.
These are the best forest floor scatters that I've seen so far. The coloring, mix of material and texture is absolutely perfect. The Autumn has a nice mix of red, yellow, orange/brown with just a touch of green, all mixed with some very fine twigs. The green mix has many shades of green along with some yellow/tan and also some small sticks. A little should go a long way as groundcover...smells good too! These arrived in screw lid plastic containers.
High quality products pretty much sums it up. The use of glycerin on certain products sets them apart with color preservation and pliability. These should provide a very lifelike appearance to your diorama setting. My personal favorites of this bunch are the Plumosa, Dead Branches and Forest Floor, which I'll be ordering more of. Although listed as 1:35 scale, much of this undoubtedly could be used with other scales as well. Highly recommended.