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First Look Review
PROFI Spruce Trees
PROFI Spruce Trees, 2 pcs., 11 cm and 12,5 cm
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by: Frederick Boucher [ JPTRR ]


Originally published on:
RailRoad Modeling

Spruce Trees, 2 pcs.
Series: PROFI
Height: 11 cm and 12,5 cm
Intended scales: H0,TT,N
Item: 21830
Release date: June 2012


PROFI trees are the high quality offerings by NOCH designed to be true to scale and for a professional models. They strive for realistic forms and natural colours.

PROFI Spruce Trees, 2 pcs., 11 cm and 12,5 cm
These models are packed in a blister pack stapled to a heavy card back label. The trees are held by their root bases in tabs. Useful graphics on the front are silhouettes of a human in HO, TT, N, and Z scales, with graduation marks to judge the height of the tree models.

Each tree is made from malleable plastic and you can slightly reposition the boughs. Each trunk is molded with bark detail. It is inserted into the base, and that leaves a faint gap. The base is molded to resemble roots and look like spruce base. Brown plastic is used which is appropriate for many spruce species. It appears these NOCH spruces have individual multi-branched boughs inserted into holes in the trunks.

Photos of spruces I've looked at show a variety of branch shapes and leaf densities. For foliage NOCH uses fine multicolored short lengths of synthetic material. One of these two models show the individual branches. However, on the other the needles are so dense that it is solid. The sprinkled needles make a beautiful profile. In the sunlight they leave a realistic shadow. The result is a convincing tree that does not have the "cookie cutter" duplication of most mass-marketed model trees. The synthetic foliage has a slight sheen to it, but this can easily be remedied with a dulling finish. It does seem light in colour and under bright light, there are many different colours of leaf material.

Photos of spruces can be see below via Click here for additional images for this review.

Scale Size

How tall is a 12.5 cm spruce tree in your favorite scale?

    1/32 (54 mm): 13 / 4 m
    1/35: 14 / 4.4 m
    1/48: 19 3/4 / 6 m
    1/72: 29.5 / 9 m
    1/87 (HO): 35 / 10.8 m
    1/100 (TT): 41' / 12.5 m
    1/144: 59 / 18 m
    1/160 (N): 65 / 20 m


Conclusion
PROFI trees look convincing with contoured armatures, bark detail, fine leaf detail and natural colours. They have a slight gap where the trunk fits into the root base. The density of the needles is inconsistent, making solid 'fans' on some branches. These trees do look good and can be acceptable front row trees. Recommended.

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Click here for additional images for this review.

SUMMARY
Highs: Contoured armatures, bark detail, fine leaf detail and natural colours.
Lows: The density of the needles is inconsistent, making solid 'fans' on some branches. The colour seems a bit light and the leaf material has a slight sheen to it.
Verdict: These trees do look good and can be acceptable front row trees.
Percentage Rating
90%
  Scale: Other
  Mfg. ID: 21830
  Suggested Retail: 7,99
  Related Link: PROFI Trees
  PUBLISHED: May 16, 2012
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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