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A special series of splines for the
WORLD TREE PROJECT (WTP)
North American Forest Type Wide Cover Splines
Sponsored by the Tall Trees and Boardwalk Railroad (TTBWRR)

This is the thumbnail format for the packages containing

Forest Type Wide Cover Splines.


TRS2004  compliance notice

 

This series of splines,  is TRS2004 compliant.

 

They are available at the TRS Down Load Station

 


 
- The North American Forest Wide Cover Series -

I designed and built these splines to fill a need I felt was lacking in Trainz.

 In the Route Editor of MSTS large areas of forest could be installed at once
with just a few mouse clicks, and your forest is done (well almost).
Each spline in the series comes in two sizes.
 The larger of the two is approximately twice the width of the smaller.
 
Further down the page you'll find a 'tutorial' of sorts,
no more really than a do's and don'ts lecture, but there are pictures so it's not too boring!
 

 
Aspen - Birch
Eastern Forest Type Wide Splines
100, 200 meter
 
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Douglas Fir
Western Forest Type Wide Splines
200, 400 meter
 
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Eastern Spruce and Fir
Eastern Forest Type Wide Splines
75, 150 meter
 
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Elm - Ash - Cottonwood
Eastern Forest Type Wide Splines
140, 280 meter
 
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Western Hemlock - Sitka Spruce
Western Forest Type Wide Splines
245, 425 meter
 
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Larch
Western Forest Type Wide Splines
100, 200 meter
 
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Loblolly Pine - Shortleaf Pine
Eastern Forest Type Wide Splines
75, 150 meter
 
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Lodgepole Pine
Western Forest Type Wide Splines
150, 300 meter
 
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Longleaf Pine - Slash Pine
Eastern Forest Type Wide Splines
100, 200 meter
 
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Maple - Beech - Birch
Eastern Forest Type Wide Splines
100, 200 meter
 
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Oak - Gum - Cypress
Eastern Forest Type Wide Splines
100, 200 meter
 
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Oak - Hickory
Eastern Forest Type Wide Splines
160, 320 meter
 
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Oak - Pine
Eastern Forest Type Wide Splines
125, 250 meter
 
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Ponderosa Pine
Western Forest Type Wide Splines
150, 300 meter
 
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Redwood
Western Forest Type Wide Splines
200, 400 meter
 
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Western Firs - Spruce
Western Forest Type Wide Splines
100, 200 meter
 
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Western Hardwood
Western Forest Type Wide Splines
100, 200 meter
 
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Western White Pine
Western Forest Type Wide Splines
225, 425 meter
 
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White Pine - Red Pine - Jack Pine
Eastern Forest Type Wide Splines
75, 150 meter
 
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- Arboretum Layout -
Eastern Forest Types
 
 
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Below are two links to PDF files which provides maps and info about the ranges of the various forest types and their composition.

MAPS

COMPOSITION

 
- Arboretum Layout -
Western Forest Types
 
 
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A Few Do's and... a couple of Don't you Dare's

 

Here are some DO’S AND DON’T’S that apply to the use of my WIDE COVER FOREST SPLINES.

Because these splines are made up of large, tall trees, there is sometimes a noticeable gap between segments. 

Cardinal Rules:
1. Never run the spline parallel to the rails, always at an angle, preferably
perpendicular to the rails as in Image 2.
 

2. Do not draw out more than 2 segments in one 'run'. If you need more coverage in an area, start a new run of the spline at a different angle. To do this, if you are close to the first spline, you must hold down the SHIFT KEY and start the new run (holding the SHIFT key prevents the splines from linking which in this case you don’t want).
 

In the illustrations the colored circles represent the beginning and end of spline. Yellow, the beginning, Blue the end.
 

   
 
 
 
 
 
Here is another example of the Cross Hatch technique I recommend.
Here is a lower angle view of the spline in Image 8.
And Image 8 as seen from ground level.

 

 

Here is example of a poor use of the spline.
 
Here is another example of the Cross Hatch technique.
And at a lower angle.
And finally, as seen at ground level from a distance.
And one last example ( I promise!) of the cross hatch technique. I reinforce the use of cross hatching because it works so well and is the easiest way to achieve a realistic look with my splines.
The view of Image 16 at a lower angle.
And finally Image 16 at ground level.

The cross hatching also increases the feeling of 'density' in the forest. Where splines overlap there is a 'darkness' that adds a look of natural variety to the scene.

  Here ‘endith’ the lesson! Really only two rules…

not too strict!

Now... Go forth and build you a Forest!

 

 

Series 1 Series 4 Splines 1
Series 2 Series 5 Splines 2
Series 3 Series_6 Leaf-Off 1
  Series_7  

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