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Spruce, 5.1 in. / 13 cm
Spruce (Wetterfichte), 5.1 in. / 13 cm
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by: Frederick Boucher [ JPTRR ]


Originally published on:
RailRoad Modeling

Spruce (Wetterfichte), Classic Tree in Giftbox
Height: 5.1 in. / 13 cm
Intended scales: H0,TT,N
Item: 28200


NOCH offers several categories of trees and bushes. As new materials and better models were developed, their original models were branded as Classic Trees. This is a low-medium height Spruce (Wetterfichte) of their Classic Tree series, packaged as a single model in a cellophane bag.

Spruce, 5.1 in. / 13 cm; Classic Tree

The model is not packed in a giftbox, rather a cellophane bag. It is secured shut by tape that is the "label".

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 short lengths of synthetic material. One of these two models show the individual branches. It creates a good looking drooping 'stag horn' look of some spruce. However, some needles are so dense that the branch 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 color and under bright light, there are many different colors of leaf material.

Scale Size

How tall is a 5.1 in. / 13 cm spruce tree in your favorite scale?


1/32 (54 mm): 13.6 / 4.14 m
1/35: 14.8 / 4.5 m
1/48: 20.4 / 6.2 m
1/72: 30.6 / 9.3 m
1/87 (HO): 37 / 11.2 m
1/100 (TT): 42.7' / 13 m
1/144: 61.2 / 18.6 m
1/160 (N): 68.2 / 20.8 m


Conclusion

These models were cutting-edge when they came out decades ago. They were certainly superior to offering from Life-Like, Tyco, and AHM. It looks convincing with contoured armatures, bark detail, fine leaf detail and natural colors. They have a slight gap where the trunk fits into the root base. The density of the needles is good. These trees do look good and can be acceptable front row trees. Recommended.

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SUMMARY
Highs: Contoured armatures, bark detail, fine leaf detail and natural colors.
Lows: Slight gap between the base and truck.
Verdict: These trees do look good and can be acceptable front row trees.
Percentage Rating
85%
  Scale: Other
  Mfg. ID: 28200
  Suggested Retail: 3,19
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  PUBLISHED: May 19, 2012
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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