Noch is a well-known company from Germany that has enormous range of products for railroad modelling but not only for it. Even though they produce items for 1/87 (H0) scale they can be adjusted without trouble for larger scales like 1/72, 1/48 and even 1/35 (depending on the item).
Here we have an item from Natur series, new line that is dedicated to realistic landscape creation. Feel free to browse the complete catalogue on Noch website to see different meadows and fields while I will share my thoughts on the set 07450 “Arable land”.
The “Arable land” set (ref 07450) is made of hard foam and comes packed into hard clear plastic blister. The blister also contains 10 static grass tufts and everything is stapled to colorful cardboard backer (slightly larger than A4 sheet). The backer has information on the Natur series as well as directions on how to use this particular set. Moreover, the images of other products are supplied together with supplementary information like sizes and catalogue numbers.
The Arable land itself is a piece of hard foam with preformed texture of recently ploughed land and can be featured together with different tractors for H0 scale diorama or scenery as shown on the product image. The surface is said to be hand painted and you can easily see the slight variation of earth tones that are replicating different layers of earth (slightly wet/dried). The total size of the piece is 21x19 cm which is equivalent to 18,27x 16,53 meters of real land. As stated on the package the material can be heated with a hair dryer to bend appropriately to desired area. Smaller pieces can be easily cut off from the sheet using a sharp hobby knife or other sharp cutting tool.
As for the usage in other scales I see no problem with it and they can be combined with other scenery/groundworks. Here you can see it together with 1/72 Ft-17, 1/48 SU-152 and 1/35 Panzer III. However, if you would like to position a tank or other vehicle inside the field of ploughed land you would have to make track marks or tire marks using a modelling clay or similar forming material with further painting. I also tried using dry pigment on the part of the products and it required no fixative to adjust the color.
The tufts can be glued into the field to show remains of grass or on a side, depending on the aims of the individual. There is a slight variation in the grass tone from green to dried yellow.
This is a good product from Noch that can be used “as is” for H0 scale or adjusted to other ideas like 1/72, 1/48 and even 1/35 scale. The surface of the foam looks as ploughed arable land and well painted. Cutting is easy and colour can be adjusted depending on your needs.
Highs: Ready to use piece of arable land, easily can be adjusted, cut, and repainted. Lows: 10 tufts might not be sufficient for stand-alone scenery, however, these sets would be used on larger pieces of scenery/diorama and modellers would have sufficient tufts/matts for vegetation. Verdict: Highly recommended for H0. Can be used for other scales as well, depending on the needs.