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Retaining Wall, Stepped Left
Wall, graduated on the left
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by: Frederick Boucher [ JPTRR ]


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RailRoad Modeling

Introduction
Scenery specialist NOCH produces hard foam models simulating stone and masonry for modelers to create their own structures and scenery. 'Wall, graduated on the left' (Stadtbahnmauer or 'Light Rail Wall'), item 58088 is one choice, part of the Hard Foam series (Hartschaum-Serie).

Light Rail Wall / Stadtbahnmauer
This piece is made of a hard foam and packed in a heavy plastic bag.

A multidimensional facade simulates rough stonework and concrete or stucco, and is capped by cut stone. It measures 20,5 x 12,5 cm / 8.07 (8 11/16th) inch x 4.9 (4 59/64th) inch. Modelers can use this for retaining and property walls, to abut arches and portals, and for buildings. NOCH also makes one stepping to the right.

You can cut the material, scribe and distress it for texture, and even heat it for shaping. See the photo where I pocked holes in it with a scissor. This foam is also suitable for solvent based paints.

scale
NOCH advertises it for HO scale, which is 1/87. Obviously, stone structures can be of all sizes of rocks and thus the only limiting factor for scale is a modeler's imagination.

That you may judge the size to your need I show it in
    HO with a standard 40 foot box car and a 55-ton hopper

    1/72 with a P-40 Warhawk

    1/48 - O scale with an M10 tank destroyer

    1/35 with a Tiger tank

Instructions
A card label serves as a backdrop, label, and instruction sheet. NOCH prints the limited instructal information in German and English. Other complimentary Hard Foam models are presented on the back.

conclusion
Whether you model military or civil non-railroad subjects, or a model railway, I think this Hard Foam wall is a very useful product. It is easy to work with and looks very authentic. It provides a 3-D effect in sturdy light material.

Light Rail Wall (Stadtbahnmauer) is a quick and effective way to create stone work for your layout and diorama. Recommended.

NOCH models are available from all good toy and model retailers. For details visit http://www.noch.de or https://www.facebook.com/pages/NOCH-Modell-Landschaftsbau/117856054930919

Please remember, when contacting retailers or manufacturers, to mention that you saw their products highlighted here - on RAILROADMODELING.
SUMMARY
Highs: Carved hard foam is light and realistic. The stone and concrete textures are authentic.
Lows:
Verdict: Whether you model military or civil non-railroad subjects, or a model railway, I think this Hard Foam wall is a very useful product. It is easy to work with and looks very authentic, providing a 3-D effect with a sturdy light material.
  Scale: N/A
  Mfg. ID: 58088
  Suggested Retail: $10.00, , 9.79
  Related Link: Hard foam walls and portals
  PUBLISHED: May 08, 2015
NETWORK-WIDE AVERAGE RATINGS
  THIS REVIEWER: 87.00%
  MAKER/PUBLISHER: 89.22%

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About Frederick Boucher (JPTRR)
FROM: TENNESSEE, UNITED STATES

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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