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Flowering Fruit Tree
Flowering Fruit Tree, Obstbaum blühend 7.5 cm - 3 inch
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by: Frederick Boucher [ JPTRR ]


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Flowering Fruit Tree, Obstbaum blühend
Series: PROFI
Height: 7.5 cm / 3 inch
Intended scales: H0 (1/87) ,TT (1/100) ,N (1/160)
Item: 21570



Flowering Fruit Tree is part of the top-line offering of NOCH PROFI series, designed to be true to scale with scale foliage for professional models.


Flowering Fruit Tree, Obstbaum blühend

NOCH packs PROFI trees in a blister pack stapled to a heavy card backing label. The tree is secured by the root base in slots. Useful human silhouette graphics on the front in H0 (1/87) ,TT (1/100) ,N (1/160) and Z (1/220) scales, with graduation marks help modelers judge the height of the tree per desired scale. On the back label is a table listing trees that NOCH offers, their prototype heights, and the height in scale for HO, TT, N, and Z Scales.


This tree is made from plastic. The trunk is molded with bark detail. It is inserted into a root 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.
The trunk is molded with integral boughs and branches, and several of each that appear to be separately attached.

NOCH hand paints the trunks to avoid any shiny plastic surface. Brown paint is used. 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.


This model has tangled boughs and an oval shape. Often domestic fruit tree branches are "trained" into whorls that give the tree a uniform shape. This model has an ornamental oval but is not toy-like symetrical.


For foliage NOCH covers the branches with fine fiber before they are flocked. NOCH uses their own milled and painted material representing the leaf shapes and colors of the subject tree. The leaf veils are dense and that is what I am used to seeing on many blossoming fruit trees.


The foliage is in different colors and has no sheen to it. The result is a convincing tree that does not have the "cookie cutter" duplication of most mass-marketed model trees.


Scale Size

How tall is a 3-inch tree in your favorite scale?

    1/32 (54 mm): 8’ / 2.5 m
    1/35: 8.75’ / 2.6 m
    1/48: 12’ / 3.7 m
    1/72: 18’ / 5.5 m
    1/87 (HO): 22’ / 6.6 m
    1/100 (TT): 25' / 7.5 m
    1/144: 36’ / 11 m
    1/160 (N): 40’ / 15 m
    1/220 (Z): 55' / 16.8 m

To visually demonstrate this model, I show it with a 1/48 tank; a 1/72 Pfalz D.XII; an HO box car, an HO sports car; N scale caboose; and two 1/48 figures and a 1/72 figure.


Summary

My PROFI flowering fruit tree looks convincing with nice armatures, bark detail, fine leaf and blossom detail and color. The leaf veils are dense. The oval shape seems proper and can be spread open to suit your taste per the tree you model. However, it has a step 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: Small armatures; bark detail; fine leaf and blossom detail and color.
Lows: A step where the trunk fits into the root base, and it is painted brown.
Verdict: These trees do look good and can be acceptable front row trees.
Percentage Rating
85%
  Scale: Multiple S
  Mfg. ID: 21570
  Suggested Retail: $5.20
  Related Link: PROFI Trees
  PUBLISHED: Oct 06, 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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