IntroductionOak Tree, 19 cm high
is a new model by NOCH
in their PROFI-Trees
. It is item 21761
are the high quality offerings by NOCH
, designed to be true to scale professional models. They strive for realistic forms and natural colors.
Did you know that birches can grow up to 30 meters and lime trees up to 40 m? A birch tree then would be up to 34 cm high in H0 gauge, and a lime tree up to 50 cm. This would be a bit too high for us. However, we do understand that it would be good to also have some beautiful, tall solitary trees on a wonderful layout. For that reason, NOCH now offers tall and impressive Birch Trees, Lime Trees, Oak Trees and Chestnut Trees.
Tall PROFI-Tree Oak
This model is packed in a blister pack stapled to a heavy card backing label. The tree is loose in the package. Useful graphics on the front are silhouettes of a human in HO, TT, and N scales, with graduation marks to demonstrate the height of the model. On the back label is a table listing trees that NOCH models, the prototype heights and those scale heights for HO, TT, N, and Z Scales.
Each tree is made from plastic. The trunk does not show bark detail. I think it is a two-piece molding. The base is molded to resemble roots in earth, similar to the root base of big trees in my yard.
From some angles, the trunk has an odd bottle shape to it, obviously thicker at the bottom and tapering dramatically higher up. Rotate it a bit and the trunk has a more natural gnarled profile. I looked at photos of oaks around the world and the Goethe Oaks near Silkerode, Thuringia, somewhat resemble the taper.
The trunk is molded with integral boughs and branches, some of which appear to be separately attached. I did not see any flash.
NOCH paints the trunks by hand to avoid any shining plastic surface. Brown paint is used. Most trees in my neighborhood tend to be gray, although there are some that are darker. A modeler can repaint it without much effort if one chooses to do so.
For foliage NOCH covers the 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. Oak trees I've looked at have a similar density.
The foliage has no sheen to it, plus different colors of leaves. The result is a convincing tree that does not have the "cookie cutter" duplication of most mass-marketed model trees.
Scale SizesNOCH's Tall PROFI-Trees
are almost 7 ½ inches high. How high is that?
1/24: 15 feet
1/35: 21 feet 9 inches
1/48 (O scale): 30 feet
1/72: 45 feet
HO (1/87): 54 feet
N (1/160): 100 feet
To visually demonstrate this tall oak tree, I show it with:
Figures of 1/35, 1/48, 25mm, 1/72, and HO-1/87
Tanks of 1/35, 1/48 and 1/87-HO
50' freight car and caboose in N scales
Farm tractors in N scale, HO, and O (1/48)
Animals in HO and 1/76
Motor vehicles in N-1/160 and HO-1/87
Aircraft in 1/48 and 1/72
HO-1/87 and 1/35 structures
Tall PROFI-Tree Oak looks very good with all of those scales.
I think this Tall PROFI-Tree oak tree looks convincing with nice armatures and fine leaf detail. The realistic canopy is open and shows the armatures within.
The trunk shape is odd and I think the dark brown color is unnatural.
This oak tree looks very good and can be a good front row tree. Recommended.
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