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Spruce, Short Trunk
Spruce With Short Trunk 150 mm
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by: Frederick Boucher [ JPTRR ]


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RailRoad Modeling

Model Scenes

A scenery company from the Czech Republic, Model Scene produces landscaping materials for model railroad layouts or other dioramas. Their products are handmade so each piece is unique. Models available include trees, ground cover foliage, leaves, wooden fences and precise laser cut details. Model Scene advertises their product range as appropriate for scales:

* 1:32 (Number 1 Gauge) / 1:35
* 1:45 / 1:48 ( O scale)
* 1:72
* 1:87 (H0 scale)
* 1:120 (TT scale)
* 1:160 (N scale)

Spruce Tree

Spruce are trees of about 35 species of coniferous evergreen trees in the Family Pinaceae, found in the northern temperate and boreal (taiga) regions of the earth. Spruces are large trees, from 2060 metres (66200 ft) tall when mature, and can be distinguished by their whorled branches and conical form. The needles, or leaves, of spruce trees are attached singly to the branches in a spiral fashion, each needle on a small peg-like structure called a pulvinus. The needles are shed when 410 years old, leaving the branches rough with the retained pulvinus (an easy means of distinguishing them from other similar genera, where the branches are fairly smooth).

Spruce Model

Model Scenes spruce are available in several heights. They are made with wood trunks with texture for the bark, and flexible armatures; upon these are a matte olive synthetic material for the foliage. The branches are not as defined as some of the types of spruces I viewed photographs of, the leaves seeming too concentrated. Yet, the result is a convincing tree that does not have the "cookie cutter" appearance of most mass-marketed model trees.

The synthetic foliage does not have a sheen to it. Compared to spruce photographs the foliage appears convincing. In sunlight they leave a convincing shadow. You can expect the same in artificial light.

These vary from 130mm to 160mm (6"). At the height of 150mm, a 6-inch tree scales to:
* 18 feet / 5.4 M in 1:35
* 24 feet / 7.3 M in 1:48 ( O scale)
* 36 feet / 11 M in 1:72
* 43 feet / 13 M in 1:87 (H0 scale)
* 60 feet / 18.5 M for 1:120 (TT scale)
* a stately 80 feet / 25 M in 1:160 (N scale)

To illustrate this size of spruce in comparision to common scales the photographs show the tree with a 1/35 halftrack and crew, a 1/48 motorcycle with riders, a 1/72 Kubelwagen, and an HO (1/87) boxcar scene with horses and figures.

These handmade trees are sold in sets of five.

Summary

These are impressive models and will enrich any diorama.
SUMMARY
Highs: Handmade convincing foliage that avoids the "cookie cutter" appearance of most mass-marketed model trees.
Lows: The foliage appears too concentrated compared to some types of spruce.
Verdict: These are impressive models and will enrich any diorama.
Percentage Rating
93%
  Scale: Other
  Mfg. ID: SK-152
  Suggested Retail: 4,45 per set of 5
  Related Link: Spruces
  PUBLISHED: Mar 02, 2011
  NATIONALITY: Czech Republic
NETWORK-WIDE AVERAGE RATINGS
  THIS REVIEWER: 87.00%
  MAKER/PUBLISHER: 95.18%

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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...

Copyright 2017 text by Frederick Boucher [ JPTRR ]. Images also by copyright holder unless otherwise noted. Opinions expressed are those of the author(s) and not necessarily those of ModelGeek. All rights reserved.


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