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Scene Master Trees

by Jeff Junker

I didn’t think I’d ever see a thing as gnarly as  Lifelike Scene Master trees. Having a tree that is gnarled is good; having a tree that is gnarly is not.

Lifelike’s Scene Master Trees are labeled as Oak trees, Maple trees, and Elm trees. They come in 3 sizes: 3-4″, 4-5″, and 5-6″; three to a pack ranging in price from $9.00 to $10.75. You’d be better off spending your money on a bag of Woodland Scenics Clump Foliage and gluing it to sticks you find in the backyard then using these in a project.

All three types of trees have identical armatures with the foliage glued on in the exact same style. And what’s with the unusual canopies?

There are four gaping holes in the top of the foliage with a regularity suggesting the points of a compass. It looks as though an over-energetic tree-trimmer from the utility company was let loose with a chain saw.

Or maybe they’re misplaced crop circles.

So, how can you tell them apart? Easy. They’re color coded: Maple is dark green, Oak is medium green, Elm is light green. Or is it the other way around? It’s easy to get confused. These trees also have bendable limbs and detachable bases. Those features would come in handy if you were to do a school project on the Lord of the Rings. You could detach the foliage, bend the limbs into a pretzel, and call it an Ent.