Apple Tree Apfelbaum, Classic Tree in Giftbox
Height: 3.2 in. / 8 cm
Intended scales: H0,TT
NOCH offers several categories of trees and bushes. As new materials and better models were developed, their original models were rebranded as Classic Trees. This is their Classic Tree medium height Apfelbaum
apple tree, packaged as a single model in a cellophane bag.
Apple Tree, 3,2 in. / 8 cm; Classic Tree in Giftbox
The model is not packed in a "giftbox" -- rather in a cellophane bag. It is secured shut by a tape "label".
The tree is made from firm plastic. You can not reposition the boughs without possible damage. It is inserted into a base, which on this model leaves a noticeable step between the trunk and root base. I think this step should be blended together. The base is molded to resemble roots in earth. NOCH paints the trunks by hand to avoid any shining plastic surface. Brown paint is used; apple trees that I look at tend to have graying lower trunks with browner branches. You can repaint it without much effort if you so choose to.
For foliage NOCH uses a fairly sinewy foam that reminds me of dry lichen. It is somewhat brittle. Some broke off when disturbed. From the "Three-foot Rule" it looks like leaves.
This model has a round shape. Domestic apple trees around here have branches that are "trained" into scaffold whorls that give apple trees a spread out look. Those that are wild have a 'mushroom' shape to the trunk and canopy. This model has an ornamental round look. At first I thought it does not look authentic, then I searched for photos of Apfelbäumen, photos of which can be see below via Click here for additional images for this review.
Some of them have the shape of this tree.
How tall is a 3.2 in. / 8 cm birch tree in your favorite scale?
1/32 (54 mm): 8.5’ / 2.6 m
1/35: 9.3’ / 2.8 m
1/48: 12.8’ / 3.9 m
1/72: 19.2’ / 5.8 m
1/87 (HO): 23.2’ / 7.1 m
1/100 (TT): 26' / 8 m
1/144: 38.4’ / 11.7 m
1/160 (N): 42’ / 13 m
These models were cutting-edge when they came out decades ago. They were certainly superior to offering from Life-Like, Tyco, and AHM. Despite the questionable trunk shape, crude paint, and foliage covering the trunk, it still can make a decent background tree. If you are starting out with scenery, these are reasonable starter trees. Recommended.
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