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Big Double-Trunk Birch
Double-Trunk Birch, 19 cm high
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by: Frederick Boucher [ JPTRR ]

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RailRoad Modeling

Double-Trunk Birch, 19 cm high from NOCH is one of their PROFI-Trees in the range "Tall". It is item 21641. PROFI-Trees are the high quality offerings by NOCH, designed to be true to scale professional models. They strive for realistic forms and natural colors.

As NOCH tells us, Tall PROFI-Trees;
    Did you know that birches can grow up to 30 meters and lime trees up to 40 m? A birch tree then would be up to 34 cm high in H0 gauge, and a lime tree up to 50 cm.

    This would be a bit too high for us. However, we do understand that it would be good to also have some beautiful, tall solitary trees on a wonderful layout.
    For that reason, NOCH now offers tall and impressive Birch Trees, Lime Trees, Oak Trees and Chestnut Trees.

Tall PROFI-Tree Double Trunk Birch
This model is packed in a blister pack stapled to a heavy card backing label. The tree is glued to the base in the package. Useful graphics on the front are silhouettes of a human in HO, TT, and N scales, with graduation marks to demonstrate the height of the model. On the back label is a table listing trees that NOCH models, the prototype heights and those scale heights for HO, TT, N, and Z Scales.

Each tree is made from plastic. The trunk does not show bark detail. I think it is a two-piece molding. The base is molded to resemble roots merging into the earth.

The trunk is molded with integral boughs and branches, although some appear to be separately attached. I did not see any flash.

NOCH paints the trunks by hand to avoid any shining plastic surface. Brown paint was used and then covered with white for the birch. A modeler can repaint it without much effort if one chooses to do so.

For foliage NOCH covers the branches with fine wool before they are flocked. NOCH uses their own milled and painted material representing the leaf shapes and colors of the subject tree.

The foliage looks realistic with no sheen to it and different colors of leaves. The result is a convincing tree that does not have the "cookie cutter" duplication of most mass-marketed model trees.

Scale Sizes
NOCH's Tall PROFI-Trees are almost 7 inches high. How high is that?
    1/24: 15 feet

    1/35: 21 feet 9 inches

    1/48 (O scale): 30 feet

    1/72: 45 feet

    HO (1/87): 54 feet

    N (1/160): 100 feet

To visually demonstrate this tall oak tree, I show it with:
    Figures of 1/35, 1/48, 25mm, 1/72, and HO (1/87) (and an HO horse)

    Tanks of 1/35, 1/48 and 1/87 (HO)

    HO 50' freight car and a 40' car in N scale

    Farm tractors in N scale, HO, and O (1/48)

    HO (1/87) structures

Tall PROFI-Tree Birch looks good with all of those scales.

Tall PROFI-Tree Birch tree looks convincing with nice armatures and fine leaf detail. The realistic canopy is open and shows the armatures within.

The trunk shape is nice but I think there is too many dark brown spots.

This birch tree looks good and can be a decent front row tree. Recommended.

Please remember to tell NOCH and retailers that you saw this product here - on KitMaker.
Highs: The realistic canopy is open and shows the armatures within. The foliage looks good.
Lows: Too many dark brown spots?
Verdict: I think this Tall PROFI-Tree birch tree looks convincing and can be a decent front row tree.
  Scale: N/A
  Mfg. ID: 21641
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  PUBLISHED: Dec 13, 2017

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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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