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Larch Tree, 6-inch Trunk
Larch with trunk 150 mm
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by: Frederick Boucher [ JPTRR ]


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RailRoad Modeling

A scenery company from the Czech Republic, Model Scene produces landscaping materials for model railroad layouts or other dioramas. Their products are handmade so each piece is unique. Models available include trees, ground cover foliage, leaves, wooden fences and laser cut precise details. Model Scene advertises their product range as appropriate for scales:

* 1:32 (Number 1 Gauge) / 1:35
* 1:45 / 1:48 ( O scale)
* 1:72
* 1:87 (H0 scale)
* 1:120 (TT scale)
* 1:160 (N scale)

the Larch

Around the world there are 10-14 species of larches, which are deciduous (losing its leaves every year) conifers. They reach a height of 15-50m tall. Their shapes tend to differ. I dare not attempt to identify the specific tree this model represents. From the many images I references, it appears to be the Western larch of North America, though it also has the shape of the European, or Alpine, larch.

Larch Model

Model Scene currently advertises 21 different larch models; these vary in height, amount of trunk exposed, and season. The trees are wood trunks with wire armatures and texture for the bark. Upon these are affixed multicolored short lengths of synthetic material for the foliage. The result is a convincing tree that does not have the "cookie cutter" duplication of most mass-marketed model trees. The synthetic foliage has a slight sheen to it, but this can easily be remedied with a dulling finish. Compared to larch photographs the foliage appears too concentrated.

The sprinkled needles make a beautiful profile. In the sunlight they leave a realistic shadow. You can expect the same in artificial light.

This short trunk larch is two-piece. The sparse trunk is affixed to the conical top with what appears to be hot glue.

These vary from 130mm to 160mm (6"). At the height of 150 mm, 6-inch tree scales to:
* 18 feet / 5.4 M in 1:35
* 24 feet / 7.3 M in 1:48 ( O scale)
* 36 feet / 11 M in 1:72
* 43 feet / 13 M in 1:87 (H0 scale)
* 60 feet / 18.5 M for 1:120 (TT scale)
* a stately 80 feet / 25 M in 1:160 (N scale)

To demonstrate how this size of tree looks with different scales, the photographs show the tree with a 1/35 halftrack with crew, a 1/48 T-34, a 1/72 Kubelwagen, an HO (1/87) two-story building, and a HO boxcar with horses and men.

These handmade trees are sold in sets of five. The copse is set upright in green painted Styrofoam, packaged in a flimsy clear plastic box.

Summary

Model Scene larches come in different sizes and shapes. These are convincing models and will enrich any diorama.
SUMMARY
Highs: Convincing synthetic individual leaves for the foliage that avoids the "cookie cutter" appearance of most mass-marketed model trees. The sprinkled needles make a beautiful profile in shadow.
Lows: Synthetic foliage has a slight sheen to it. The foliage appears too concentrated.
Verdict: These are impressive models and will enrich any diorama.
Percentage Rating
94%
  Scale: Other
  Mfg. ID: MK150
  Suggested Retail: 3,58
  Related Link: Larch Collection
  PUBLISHED: Mar 02, 2011
  NATIONALITY: Czech Republic
NETWORK-WIDE AVERAGE RATINGS
  THIS REVIEWER: 87.00%
  MAKER/PUBLISHER: 95.18%

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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...

Copyright 2017 text by Frederick Boucher [ JPTRR ]. Images also by copyright holder unless otherwise noted. Opinions expressed are those of the author(s) and not necessarily those of AeroScale. All rights reserved.


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