IntroductionPine Tree, 15cm High
is part of their series PROFI Trees
. This is item 21914
PROFI Trees are the top offerings by NOCH, designed to be true to scale and as professional models.
Pine Tree, Kiefer
Pine Tree is packed in a blister pack stapled to a heavy card backing label. The tree is secured by the root base with glue. Useful graphics on the front are silhouettes of a human in H0 (1/87), TT (1/100), N (1/160) and Z (1/220) scales, with graduation marks to judge the height of the model. On the back label is a table listing trees that NOCH models, the prototype heights, and the scale heights for HO, TT, N, and Z Scales.
This tree is made from plastic and resembles (at least to me) a Longleaf Pine. The trunk is molded with noticeable bark detail. It is inserted into a base. The base is molded to resemble roots in earth.
The trunk is molded with integral boughs and branches, a couple appear to be separately attached.
The trunk does not have any shining plastic surface.
For foliage NOCH covers the branches with spongy material and then flock. The result is a convincing tree that does not have the "cookie cutter" duplication of most mass-marketed model trees.
Because of the variation of tree types around the world it can be risky to criticize the colors used on model trees. However, the colors of the foliage and bark are topics that I think model makers get wrong. The foliage used on this model looks too dark. While I have seen many pines with brown trunks in the higher elevations of the American West, the majority of bark I see around me is gray. Sometimes a brownish gray. However, many trees do change from gray to brown the farther up the trunk. Of course, noting keeps a modeler from painting the tree to preference.
How tall is a 6-inch tree in your favorite scale?
1/32 (54 mm): 16’ / 5 m
1/35: 18’ / 6 m
1/48: 24’ / 7.4 m
1/72: 36’ / 11 m
1/87 (HO): 44’ / 13.5 m
1/100 (TT): 50' / 15 m
1/144: 72’ / 22 m
1/160 (N): 80’ / 30 m
1/220 (Z): 110' / 34 m
To visually demonstrate this model I show it with figures and common armor in 1/35, 1/48-O scale, HO-1/87, and N scale.
This PROFI Pine Tree
looks convincing with nice armatures, bark detail, fine pine detail. I think the green is too dark and the trunk too brown. These trees do look good and can be acceptable front row trees. Recommended.
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