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First Look Review
Chestnut Tree, 18.5 cm high
Chestnut Tree, 18.5 cm high, Tall PROFI-Tree
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by: Frederick Boucher [ JPTRR ]


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Introduction
Chestnut Tree, 18.5 cm high is a new model by NOCH in their PROFI-Trees range "Tall". 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.

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.

PROFI-Tree Chestnut
This model is packed in a blister pack stapled to a heavy card backing label. The tree is loose is 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 is molded with slight bark detail, and seems to be a one-piece molding. The base is molded to resemble roots in earth and resembles the trunk base of big trees in my yard.

The trunk is molded with integral boughs and branches, some of which appear to be separately attached. Some have flash. The trunk is modeled with a scar in the bark to make the tree look more realistic.

NOCH paints the trunks by hand to avoid any shining plastic surface. Brown paint is used. The chestnut trees in my neighborhood tend to be light gray. It looks like I can repaint it without much effort if I so choose to.

Chestnuts I've seen have a fairly uniform shape and leaf density. 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. On some branches the coverage is dense; I have considered brushing some of the flocking away.

The foliage has no sheen to it, with 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


To visually demonstrate this model chestnut, I show it with:
    Figures of 1/35, 1/48 and HO-1/87

    Tanks of 1/35, 1/48 and HO-1/87

    50' boxcars in HO and N scales

    HO farm tractors and animals

    HO-1/87 and 1/35 structures


Conclusion
I think this Tall PROFI-Tree chestnut looks convincing with nice armatures, bark detail, and fine leaf detail and color. The realistic shape is open and shows the armatures within. However, the trunk is painted brown. This tree looks very good and can be a good front row tree. Recommended.

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SUMMARY
Highs: Good armatures, bark detail, and fine leaf detail and color.
Lows: Brown trunk. Some leaf densities are, well, dense.
Verdict: This tree looks very good and can be a good front row tree.
  Scale: Multiple S
  Mfg. ID: 21802
  Suggested Retail: 10.99
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  PUBLISHED: Oct 06, 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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