In-Box Review
Forest Floor Scatter
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by: Henk Meerdink [ HENK ]


Once you have completed a model, the most effective way to display it is on a base, in it's 'natural environment'. The ground underneath and around trees and shrubs is generally covered in a thick layer of old leaves and twigs, and even more so during the Autumn and Winter. To re-create this feature many modellers use a variety of items, from leaves from the garden to dried herbs from a jar, or have to look at commercially available (railway)scenic products, which don't always look realistic, or in scale. An easy solution to this is now offered by new company, Treemendus, who produce a line of tree and scenic materials specifically aimed at scale modelling.


The product comes packed in a ziplock bag, sealed by a small cardboard header card which shows the company name on the front, and the product name on the back. There is enough product in the bag to create a few individual display bases, or to make one large diorama. This bag of scatter contains an excellent variety of leaf debris, with a good range of colour and shade, and sized from very small to 'just fallen off the tree'. Also included are a number of small twigs and some dried roots, and together the contents of this bag can create a very realistic undergrowth for a diorama or a simple display base.

The price is quite high for what is in effect a bag of scrunched up leaves, but I know from experience that is is not as easy as it looks to collect and prepare debris from your garden (if you have one), and achieve the excellent multi coloured and textured effect that this product has.

The contents could not be easier to use, you apply an appropriate glue, shake the scatter in place, leave to dry and remove the excess. When you apply this product to a base, the result is very effective, and will add instant depth and variety to a base or diorama.
Highs: Very realistic effect which is easy to apply.
Lows: The price, although the product is very good, the cost may be a turn off.
Verdict: Highly recommended.
Percentage Rating
  Scale: 1:35
  Suggested Retail: 6.00
  PUBLISHED: May 04, 2009

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Looks like an interesting product, but any idea / info if the colours would fade over time and if so how to stop that? Cheers, Ian
MAY 05, 2009 - 12:17 AM
Thanks for the review, Henk. Do you know if they ship to Oz? Or if they have distributor down here? Thanks for publishing James. Rudi
MAY 05, 2009 - 01:12 AM
Cheers for bringing us the review Henk. I don't think I would use this in a diorama though. Casting aside my preference to forage, this product looks too obviously like a scrunched up leaf. It will need to be disguised well (i.e might work in a heavily forested diorama scene as groundcover, where it is difficult to make out the shapes of individual fallen leaves). Chas
MAY 05, 2009 - 03:05 AM
Hi Ian Anthony at TREEMENDUS here. I have been selling this product and others like it (in a range of realistic greens for foliage) for a few years now and to date have never received any info or complaints that it fades whatsoever. I hope this answers your question. Thanks for taking a look at the review. Anthony
MAY 05, 2009 - 04:01 AM
Hi Rudi Yes I will post to Australia, in fact I have just posted some to Queensland. As a guide postage and packaging on 4 x bags of Forest Floor cost 5 - (obviously plus the cost of the product). Cheers. Anthony - TREEMENDUS
MAY 05, 2009 - 04:17 AM
Hi Chas "Forest Floor" is mainly made up from ground cork (dyed various realistic colours) with various other materials blended with it to give an overall appearance of a forest floor. It actually only contains about 10% ground leaf and is really useful for lots of diorama applications. That said if you're a forager, your a forager. I think I may have seen your palm trees using fern fronds?
MAY 05, 2009 - 04:34 AM
Hi Anthony, Thanks for your response. Would you mind posting here to confirm when the goods arrive in QLD? The reason for the request to confirm delivery is simply because Aussie customs can be pretty tight on these sorts of materials - so if it get's through I know I'm safe to order Rudi
MAY 05, 2009 - 11:06 AM
Will let you know Rudi. There is no way Forest Floor can pose a threat but I understand the concerns some countries have with certain materials. All the best Anthony
MAY 05, 2009 - 12:07 PM

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