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7 Deciduous trees (Laubbäume)
Deciduous trees (Laubbäume), 7 pieces, 3.2
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by: Frederick Boucher [ JPTRR ]


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Deciduous Trees (Laubbäume), 7 pieces, 3.2" (8 cm)
Item: 25088
Series: Classic Trees
Scales: H0 (1/87), TT (1/100 -1/120), N (1/160), Z (1/220)


This is a set of seven Deciduous trees (Laubbäume), part of the Classic Trees and Economy Set series by NOCH. They have convincing leaf material and good armatures.

Classic Trees
NOCH offers several categories of trees and bushes. The Classic Series is in the middle of the NOCH tree range. As new materials and models were developed, their original models were branded as Classic Trees.

Economy Sets
NOCH markets their new Economy Sets for value and for social reasons:
    …you actively participate in the protection of the environment and climate with the purchase of an Economy Set. For every 100 model trees sold of this range, the organisation "Plant for the Planet" will plant a real tree on behalf of NOCH. In addition, the trees of the Economy Sets have a completely new shape: The bare tree, the colour combination and also the handicraft production have been significantly improved. - NOCH
Deciduous trees (Laubbäume), 7 Piece, 3.2 in.
These models are packed in a light clear plastic carton which opens on each end. The trees are held by the root bases in slots cut into the L-shaped label/base. Useful graphics on the label include silhouettes of a human in HO, TT, N and Z scales, with graduation marks to judge the height of the model. On the label back is a table listing trees that NOCH models, the prototype heights, and the scale heights for HO, TT, N, and Z Scales. It also features an advertisement for Plant for the Planet.

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 at the joint. The base is molded to resemble roots protruding up from earth and looks like the trunk base of oaks in my yard.

The trunk is molded with integral boughs and branches. I tried to gently reposition some boughs and found the plastic to be malleable. Some have flash. NOCH does not paint the trunks of Classic Trees (As they do with their premium PROFI series.) yet the trunks lack the old shining plastic surface. Brown plastic is used. Most of the trees in my neighborhood tend to be a gray color. It looks like I can repaint these without much effort if I so choose.

Deciduous trees I look at have a variety of shapes and leaf densities. Many have boughs shaped like these models. For foliage NOCH used fairly sinewy foam that reminds me of dry lichen. It is somewhat flexible on these trees although it has been somewhat brittle some Classic Trees I have examined, and very little broke off when moving the trees. The leaves look like palmately and pinnately lobed leaves. The result is a convincing tree that does not have the "cookie cutter" duplication of most mass-marketed model trees.

Height matters
How tall is a 3.2-inch / 8 cm Laubbäume in your favorite scale?
    1/32 (54 mm): 8.3’ / 2.5 m
    1/35: 9.2’ / 2.8 m
    1/48: 12.5’ / 3.8 m
    1/72: 18.8’ / 5.8 m
    1/87 (HO): 22.8’ / 7 m
    1/120 (TT): 31.4' / 9.6 m
    1/144: 37.8’ / 11.5 m
    1/160 (N): 42’ / 13 m
    1/220 (Z): 57.6' / 17.6 m

To visually demonstrate these models I show them with:
- 1/35 women
- 1/48 - O scale figures
- 1/72 Pfalz D.XII, and 1/72 (25mm) mounted rider
- HO - 1/87 steam locomotive; truck; sports car and tractor with figures; Minitank soldiers and 8" howitzer; man with farm animals; an N scale train.

Conclusion
These deciduous trees were cutting-edge when they came out decades ago. Today they look convincing with good contoured armatures, bark detail, and leaf detail. The leaf veils don't look too dense. The tree shapes appear authentic and the boughs can be repositioned. However they have a step where the trunk fits into the root base and are molded in brown. These trees do look good and can be acceptable front row trees. Recommended.


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SUMMARY
Highs: Detailed branch structure. Convincing foilage.
Lows: Brown trunks and trunk-root gap.
Verdict: Great value for creating a copse!
Percentage Rating
83%
  Scale: Multiple S
  Mfg. ID: 25088
  Suggested Retail: $20.00 ( 14.99 € )
  Related Link: NOCH Trees
  PUBLISHED: Feb 25, 2013
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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Hi, Thanks for the review
FEB 25, 2013 - 04:17 PM
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