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First Look Review
Oak Tree, 19 cm high
Oak Tree, 19 cm high
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by: Frederick Boucher [ JPTRR ]


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Introduction
Oak Tree, 19 cm high is a new model by NOCH in their PROFI-Trees range "Tall". It is item 21761. 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.

Tall PROFI-Tree Oak
This model is packed in a blister pack stapled to a heavy card backing label. The tree is loose 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 in earth, similar to the root base of big trees in my yard.

From some angles, the trunk has an odd bottle shape to it, obviously thicker at the bottom and tapering dramatically higher up. Rotate it a bit and the trunk has a more natural gnarled profile. I looked at photos of oaks around the world and the Goethe Oaks near Silkerode, Thuringia, somewhat resemble the taper.

The trunk is molded with integral boughs and branches, some of which 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 is used. Most trees in my neighborhood tend to be gray, although there are some that are darker. 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. Oak trees I've looked at have a similar density.

The foliage has no sheen to it, plus 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

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

    HO locomotive

    50' freight car and caboose in N scales

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

    Animals in HO and 1/76

    Motor vehicles in N-1/160 and HO-1/87

    Aircraft in 1/48 and 1/72

    HO-1/87 and 1/35 structures

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

Conclusion
I think this Tall PROFI-Tree oak tree looks convincing with nice armatures and fine leaf detail. The realistic canopy is open and shows the armatures within.

The trunk shape is odd and I think the dark brown color is unnatural.

This oak tree looks very good and can be a good front row tree. Recommended.

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SUMMARY
Highs: The realistic canopy is open and shows the armatures within. The foliage looks good.
Lows: Odd shape of the trunk from some angles; dark brown trunk color.
Verdict: I think this Tall PROFI-Tree oak tree looks convincing and can be a good front row tree.
  Scale: N/A
  Mfg. ID: 21761
  Suggested Retail: $12.50, 11.99
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  PUBLISHED: Dec 08, 2016
NETWORK-WIDE AVERAGE RATINGS
  THIS REVIEWER: 86.98%
  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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