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Oak, 16 cm 6.3''
PROFI Oak, 16 cm 6.3''
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by: Frederick Boucher [ JPTRR ]


Originally published on:
AeroScale

Oak Eiche
Series: PROFI
Height: 16 cm / 6.3 inches
Intended scales: H0,TT,N
Item: 21760


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

PROFI Oak, 16 cm / 6.3 in.

This model is packed in a blister pack stapled to a heavy card backing label. The tree is held by the root base by slots. Useful graphics on the front are silhouettes of a human in HO, TT, and N scales, with graduation marks to judge the height of the model. On the back label is a table listing trees that NOCH models, the prototype heights, and the scale heights for HO, TT, N, and Z Scales.

Each tree is made from plastic. The trunk is molded with slight bark detail. It is inserted into a base, which leaves a faint seam. The base is molded to resemble roots in earth and looks like the trunk base of oaks in my yard.

The trunk is molded with integral boughs and branches, and several of each that appear to be separately attached. I tried to gently reposition some boughs; one broke off and the other two bent out slightly. Some have noticeable flash.

NOCH paints the trunks by hand to avoid any shining plastic surface. Brown paint is used. The oaks in my neighborhood tend to be a gray color. It looks like I can repaint it without much effort if I so choose to.

Oaks I look at show a variety of shapes and leaf densities. Many have gnarled boughs like this model. For foliage NOCH covers 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. The leaves are mainly 'fluffy' but are mashed down on the side that set upon the backing label.

The foliage has no sheen to it, and different colors of leaves. The result is a convincing tree that does not have the "cookie cutter" duplication of most mass-marketed model trees. I shot several photos of the model from different sides to demonstrate that.

Scale Size

How tall is a 6.3-inch tree in your favorite scale?

    1/32 (54 mm): 16.8’ / 5 m
    1/35: 18.3’ / 5.6 m
    1/48: 25.2’ / 7.7 m
    1/72: 37.8’ / 11.2 m
    1/87 (HO): 45.6’ / 13.8 m
    1/100 (TT): 63' / 16 m
    1/144: 75.6’ / 23 m
    1/160 (N): 84’ / 26 m


To visually demonstrate this model I show it with 1/35 infantry, 1/48 staff car, 1/72 P-40, an HO box car, HO sports car and figure, and an N scale 50' box car.

Summary

My PROFI oak looks convincing with contoured armatures, bark detail, fine leaf detail and natural colors. The density of the leaves is good although in transit the back side got flattened somewhat. It has a slight gap where the trunk fits into the root base. And it is painted brown. 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 with natural colors.
Lows: The density of the leaves is good although in transit the back side got flattened somewhat. Some flash on some branches. Brown trunk and branches.
Verdict: These trees do look good and can be acceptable front row trees.
Percentage Rating
90%
  Scale: Multiple S
  Mfg. ID: 21760
  Suggested Retail: 6,99 €
  Related Link: PROFI Series
  PUBLISHED: Jun 07, 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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Comments

Nice review Fred on a subject that is difficult to write a review on.
JUN 07, 2012 - 12:24 AM
Hi Darren, Thanks for the encouragement. And there are several more NOCH tree reviews already published. People can view them via [ MORE REVIEWS ] at the top of the review page, or wait until I syndicate them here. I'm also sending them to Kitmaker main page.
JUN 07, 2012 - 12:45 PM
Hi Fred. Good reveiw. I bought one of these trees a few years ago (18cm). At the time I thought it looked very nice. Never used it and looking at it now, I wouldn´t call it a "front row tree". But I suppose that depends on one´s own preferences and what one has seen. If you placed the Noch tree beside one of Sweetwater scenery´strees or one of their tree structures with Mini Natur´s branch sets, you´d understand what I mean. Yes the trees I mention are at least twice the price, but the quality doubles at least. At the moment Im averaging at one model a year, so I want the best there is. Don´t get me wrong, Im not knocking your review. The Noch trees are nice enough and many will happy with or wont want to shell out more money than necessary, but I just wanted to add that there is much better out there today.
JUN 07, 2012 - 05:37 PM
Hi Frank, Yes, natural armatures are hard to beat. Here's my Sweetwater X-Large Deciduous Armatures 5 Pack 9”-11” Review My thought that these can make decent foreground trees revolves around the idea that even a small model railroad is bigger than all but the most ambitious military dioramas. Unless one is modeling a desert or steppe area, one will need lots of trees. I dare speculate that many of us can't afford dozens of top-line natural trees, nor the time to put foliage on them (unless a winter scene). In my experience, modelers tend to build dioramas over a relatively short time, while model railroads require a longer time to get all the components together. So a few really good trees can make a diorama without breaking the bank, while scenic a train layout can take years and literally thousands of trees. I think NOCH strikes a nice balance
JUN 08, 2012 - 09:27 PM
Nice Buffalo, nice trees too! Russell
JUN 08, 2012 - 10:26 PM
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