(Olivenbäume ) is part of the top-line PROFI
series by NOCH
, designed to be true to scale with scale foliage for professional models.
Olive Trees contains two trees. They are marketed for HO (1/87) and TT (1/120) yet they can be used with other scales.
NOCH packs these PROFI trees in a blister pack stapled to a heavy card backing label. These Olivenbäume
are secured by the root base by glue. Useful human silhouette graphics with graduation marks on the front in H0 (1/87), TT (1/100), N (1/160), and Z (1/220) scales 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.
These trees are molded plastic. Each trunk is molded with bark detail and a root base. Heights are 3.54 inches/9 cm inches and 2.36 in./6 cm.
Each trunk is molded with integral boughs and branches, several of which are separately attached.
NOCH paints the trunks to avoid any shiny plastic surface. Brown paint is used. Olive trees have light gray, scaly bark. You can repaint it without much effort if you so choose to.
This model has tangled boughs and a good shape. The foliage is open so you can see into the branch structure. These models are different in design and shape to avoid a toy-like appearance.
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 mimic photos I found of olive trees. You can scrutinize those by clicking Click here for additional images for this review
at the end of this review.
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. Olive tree foliage is an ovate gray green evergreen. NOCH also used some purplish colored flocking, presumable to simulate olives. It lends a good diversity to the trees.
I offer a lot of photos so you can inspect the tree's branches and foliage from various angles.
How tall is a 3.5-inch tree in your favorite scale?
1/32 (54 mm): 9’ / 3 m
1/35: 10’ / 3 m
1/48: 15’ / 4 m
1/72: 22’ / 7 m
1/87 (HO): 26’ / 8 m
1/100 (TT): 30' / 9 m
1/144: 43’ / 13 m
1/160 (N): 47’ / 15 m
1/220 (Z): 64' / 20 m
To visually demonstrate this model, I show it with 1/35 figures and a tank; a 1/48 Audi and a 1/87 (HO) Audi; figures in 1/48 and 1/87 (HO); a 1/72 P-40; a Roco (now Herpa) 1/87 Minitank half track.
My PROFI olive trees look very convincing with nice armatures, bark detail, and fine leaf detail and color. The realistic shape is open and shows the armatures within. Typical of model tree makers, the bark is unrealistically brown. This tree looks very good and can be good front row tree. Recommended.
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