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by: Frederick Boucher [ JPTRR ]

Originally published on:
RailRoad Modeling

What's This?
Butterbur by NOCH is a set of 18 plants in the Laser-Cut minis range of scenery models. Butterbur is item 14136 and scaled to HO - 1/87.

Laser-Cut minis use laser technology to cut highly detailed models of flowers, reeds, cabbage, nettles, and other plants; colorful, unique shapes, with fine printed details. Whether used for HO layouts or other dioramas, it is easy to create super-realistic flowerbeds, gardens and garden plots for your model landscape. Some are flocked with colored flower petals.

NOCH currently advertises more than two dozen of these sets in three scales: HO (1/87), TT (1/120), and N (1/160). These Butterbur models are held in their paper while other mini-plants are ready to use. All can be planted right out of the package with a drop of glue.

Set 14136 Butterbur is 18 plants lased into three "frets" (sheets) of textured pre-colored paper. The paper is fibrous and resists tearing. The plants are not "cookie cutter" models, they vary slightly in size and shape of the stalks and leaves. It took me about 10 minutes to remove the plants from their "frets", form them, and plant them.

The paper is printed with good random plant colors and patterns.

To plant the butterburs, simply remove them from the paper "frets". Only two leaves are actually attached to the frets, and the connector is easy to pull free. The paper is remarkably strong and resists my clumsy handling. Only one small leave tore loose.

I rolled the plants across a pencil to make the leaves and stems droop. Next I used the pencil to form the stalks.

NOCH lased a common "root ball" between the stems in the middle. This allows a very simple method of setting the plants into whatever surface you desire.

NOCH scaled Butterbur, set 14136, to HO - 1/87. I don't know what butterbur are so I am not familiar with how large they should be. Regardless, I find these Laser-Cut Minis to be useful for many scales. I show these butterbur with other scales, too. From 1/35 to HO - 1/87, military and civil subjects. Refer to the photos.

Buttered Up
NOCH Butterbur, item 14136, Laser-Cut Minis is an excellent product to quickly and easily create a small stand of excellent looking plants. They are suitable for more scales than just HO. It took me about 10 minutes to remove, shape, plant and photograph these broad leaf bushes.

I have no meaningful criticism of this product and happily recommenced it.

Please remember to mention to NOCH and retailers that you saw these ferns here - on RailRoad Modeling.
Highs: Very easy to use. Wonderful coloring and designs, and natural random sizes and shapes.
Lows: De minimis.
Verdict: BUTTERBUR is a neat and quick set for modelers to use to make a nice patch of low ground plants. These are suitable for many scales.
  Scale: 1:87
  Mfg. ID: 14136
  Suggested Retail: $6.35, 5.49
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  PUBLISHED: Nov 01, 2016

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About Frederick Boucher (JPTRR)

I'm a professional pilot with a degree in art. My first model was an AMT semi dump truck. Then Monogram's Lunar Lander right after the lunar landing. Next, Revell's 1/32 Bf-109G...cried havoc and released the dogs of modeling! My interests--if built before 1900, or after 1955, then I proba...

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