Stang- I masked off the bottom and sprayed it semi flat black. After it dries hold it back about 2 foot and spray some gray primer on top. Just let the mist fall onto it. The red is spray paint also. the white is automotive pin striping.
jt- No the tree doesn't light up, it's from a packaged diecast. Now you could use some of the LED Christmas lights if you wanted to build one. You may have to do a little cut and rewiring to get the lights in order.