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Natur+ Bathing Lake
Natur+ Bathing Lake
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by: Frederick Boucher [ JPTRR ]


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RailRoad Modeling

Introduction
NOCH's vignette BATHING LAKE is a model in their NATUR Plus brand of highly detailed scenery items. It is item 07442.

Bathing Lake
Around these parts a NOCH Bathing Lake would be called an "old swimming hole" or pond. The product is a flexible sheet of Natur Plus Meadows with a body of synthetic water mounted in it. The water seems to be a semi-flexible silicon molded to show ripples or low waves, depending on scale. NOCH includes 10 tuffs of flowers to plant around the vignette.

Two types of static grass grows around the lake, taller browner grass along the edges and a shorter green type leading the the pond.

The water is glued to the underside of the grass sheet. It is molded in blue like it is reflecting the sky, and it has nice rippling and waves. Whereas the grassy part of the sheet is flexible like cloth, the area around the water is not. The material the water is cast in is also thicker than the grass backing. Thus the lake is slightly higher than the surrounding area. I do not find this noticeable and it also is common with catch basin ponds that I have lived around. And if this topography troubles one, it is no problem to put something under the grassy portion to elevate it above the lake. The flexibility of the sheet makes it easy to make a hill nearby.

Scale
The sheet is 8 2/3 inches (220 mm) long and 7 7/8 inches (200 mm) wide. That is a plat 63 feet by 56 feet in HO. In N scale it measures 115 by 105. For 1/48-O scale it is 34 ft X 31 ft.

I used N scale swimmers by NOCH to populate the scene.

Conclusion
Bathing Lake is a good scenery sheet that allows modelers a quick and good looking swimming hole or pond. The flexible sheet allows making higher ground. The static grass looks very realistic. The water does, too. I apprentice that NOCH includes 10 tuffs to extenuate the scene.

That the water is slightly higher than the grass sheet is not much of a concern as explained above.

I am pleased with this product and look forward to incorporating it into a diorama or layout. Recommended.

Please remember when contacting vendors and retailers to mention that you saw this model here - on RailRoad Modeling.
SUMMARY
Highs: Static grass and tuffed plants. Ripply water.
Lows: The water raises the grass around the pond up a smidgen but this should not be much of a concern.
Verdict: I am pleased with this product and look forward to incorporating it into a diorama or layout.
  Scale: Multiple S
  Mfg. ID: 07442
  Suggested Retail: 16.49
  Related Link: Natur+ Meadows
  PUBLISHED: Jul 27, 2016
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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