Spruce Trees, 2 pcs.
Height: 11 cm and 12,5 cm
Intended scales: H0,TT,N
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.
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
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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