Apple Tree Apfelbäume
Series: PROFI? Please see the text.
Height: 8 cm / 3.2 inch
Intended scales: H0 (1/87) ,TT (1/120)
This review is of a three-pack of apple trees by NOCH. The package bears the NOCH logo of their top-line PROFI
series. However, the set resides in the Classic Trees
section of the NOCH website. Additionally, the trees do not have the signature PROFI model painted trunks or special foliage: milled and painted material representing the leaf shapes and colors. Instead they are flocked with model foliage found on Classic Trees.
Apple Tree, Apfelbäume
This model is packed in a blister pack stapled to a heavy card backing label. The trees are secured by their root bases in slots. Useful graphics on the front are silhouettes of a human in H0 (1/87), TT (1/120), N (1/160) and Z (1/220) scales, with graduation marks to judge the height of the model. On the back label is a table listing trees which NOCH models, their prototype heights, and the scale heights for HO, TT, N, and Z Scales.
These trees are made of brownish-gray plastic; apple trees that I have examined have graying lower trunks with browner branches. You can repaint these without much effort if you so choose to. The trunk is molded with noticeable bark detail. It is inserted into a base, which on some models leave a noticeable step between the trunk and root base. The base is molded to resemble roots in earth. Integral boughs and branches are part of the trunk plus some that appear to be separately attached.
These model trees have tangled boughs and an authentic shape. Domestic apple tree branches are "trained" into scaffold whorls that give apple trees a spread out look. These models have a good random appearance. The plastic is malleable enough that I was able to bend boughs to different positions.
For foliage NOCH used a fairly sinewy foam that reminds me of dry lichen. It is somewhat brittle. Some broke off when disturbed. With the "Three-foot Rule" it looks like leaves. This foliage is not the covering used on PROFI trees. Nor are the branches covered with fine fiber like PROFI models.
How tall is a 3.2-inch / 8 cm Apfelbaum 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 infantry; 1/48 - O scale figures; 1/72 Curtiss P-40, and 1/72 soldiers; an HO box car, HO sports car and figure, and 1/87 Minitank soldiers and Schwimmwagen; and a N scale 50' reefer car.
These apple trees look convincing with nice armatures, bark detail, leaf detail and colors, and convincing fruit. The leaf veils don't look too dense. The shapes appear authentic and can be spread open some. However they have a step where the trunk fits into the root base. And it is molded in brown. These trees do look good and can be acceptable front row trees. Recommended.
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