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The flat lead era
Initially, the lead Britains Model Home Farm range included simple "flattie" German-style flat painted lead trees with narrow bases, which could be used as background pieces, or, at a pinch, as part of a linear piece of hedgework or fencing.
These were fairly small, amd there were obvious limitations for how they could be used.
The Tree and Gate (and Swing)
A particularly ambitious tree model, model 7F Tree and Gate was a rather lovely artistic painted lead three-dimensional tree, made technically possible by having all the tree limbs stumped (so that the model was either of a dead tree, or of a tree that had been severely cut back and hadn;t yet started to regrow).
To increase the importance of the model to a layout as a "showpiece", the tree was multi-purpose, with a swing fence that connected to one side of the tree, and a cpupleof connectors on an overhanging branch that could take a children's swing and figure of a sitting child.
"The New Model Tree" (or "Fully Modelled Tree"), 58F
The New Modelled Tree, No.58F, finally took a modular approach to assembling complete trees whose complexity (in three dimensions) would be impossible to cast in a mould as a single piece. The New Modeled Tree had a trunk, topped by a number of short truck sections, each of which had its own horizontal bough of greenery, followed by a top-piece.
NEW MODEL TREE
TRUE TO NATURE
TO ERECT. Pass the wire pin in the trunk through the hole in the centre of the largest ring of branches then through the next size ring and again through the smallest ring, all with the shaded side upwards, place the hole in the stem of the top branches over the end of the wire pin, and the Tree is completed.
— , Britains Ltd., , "Instructions" box sticker, Britains 58F,
Post-war (after World War Two)
After the war, Britains extended the idea of the user-assembled "Fully Modelled Tree" to plastic moulding, and produced a range of tree kits consisted of parts that were fitted togther by the buyer.
The beauty of this approach was that, quite apart from the fact that it allowed complex shapes that woud never be extractable from a mould if you tried to mould them in a single piece, the multi-part design allowed the buyer to purchase a number of identical tree packs, and build each one slightly differently, so that no two trees looked quite the same. While a single tree loooked quite nice, the full effects wasn;t achieved until one had a cluster of the same type of tree, all looking closeley similar in character, but each with its own unique profile.
This category has only the following subcategory.
- ► Make-Up Tree Models (Britains) (5 P, 14 F)
Pages in category ‘Britains Trees’
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Media in category ‘Britains Trees’
The following 24 files are in this category, out of 24 total.
- Apple Tree, 1801 (BritainsCat 1967).jpg 735 × 520; 75 KB
- Cedar Tree, 1824 (BritainsCat 1967).jpg 1,077 × 972; 203 KB
- Cedar Trees, Britains Farm 522 (BritCat 1940).jpg 1,104 × 1,267; 203 KB
- Coconut Palm Tree, Britains Zoo No919 (BritCat 1940).jpg 1,306 × 2,016; 310 KB
- Coconut Palm, 1815 (BritainsCat 1967).jpg 892 × 1,203; 136 KB
- Copper Beech Tree, 1807 (BritainsCat 1967).jpg 708 × 748; 82 KB
- Date Palm, 1814 (BritainsCat 1967).jpg 806 × 946; 118 KB
- Elm Trees, Britains Farm 523 (BritCat 1940).jpg 901 × 1,452; 190 KB
- Fallen Trees, Britains Farm 525 (BritCat 1940).jpg 877 × 589; 49 KB
- Fir Tree, 1809 (BritainsCat 1967).jpg 757 × 963; 97 KB
- Fir Trees, Britains Farm 524 (BritCat 1940).jpg 810 × 1,285; 110 KB
- Fully Modelled Tree, Britains Farm 58F (BritCat 1940).jpg 1,657 × 1,445; 236 KB
- Make-up Tree Models, Britains (BFGLeaflet 1960s).jpg 1,800 × 1,188; 327 KB
- Make-Up Tree Models, logo (BritainsCat 1967).jpg 916 × 464; 90 KB
- Oak Tree, 1822 (BritainsCat 1967).jpg 979 × 904; 186 KB
- Oak Tree, unassembled, 1822 (BritainsCat 1967).jpg 1,439 × 1,316; 377 KB
- Oak Trees, Britains Farm 521 (BritCat 1940).jpg 1,121 × 1,369; 252 KB
- Poplar Tree, 1820 (BritainsCat 1967).jpg 720 × 1,312; 126 KB
- Scots Pine Tree, 1810 (BritainsCat 1967).jpg 662 × 943; 84 KB
- Silver Birch Tree, 1806 (BritainsCat 1967).jpg 684 × 749; 94 KB
- Tree and Gate with Swing, Britains Farm 19F (BritCat 1940).jpg 1,286 × 1,411; 208 KB
- Tree and Gate, Britains Farm 7F (BritCat 1940).jpg 1,364 × 1,316; 161 KB
- Tree, Britains Farm 640 (BritCat 1940).jpg 553 × 839; 64 KB
- Weeping Willow, Britains Floral Garden 2600 (Britains 1966).jpg 592 × 857; 77 KB