by: Frederick Boucher [ ]
What's This?Butterbur by NOCH is a set of 18 plants in the Laser-Cut minis range of scenery models. Butterbur is item 14136 and scaled to HO - 1/87.
Laser-Cut minis use laser technology to cut highly detailed models of flowers, reeds, cabbage, nettles, and other plants; colorful, unique shapes, with fine printed details. Whether used for HO layouts or other dioramas, it is easy to create super-realistic flowerbeds, gardens and garden plots for your model landscape. Some are flocked with colored flower petals.
NOCH currently advertises more than two dozen of these sets in three scales: HO (1/87), TT (1/120), and N (1/160). These Butterbur models are held in their paper while other mini-plants are ready to use. All can be planted right out of the package with a drop of glue.
ButterburSet 14136 Butterbur is 18 plants lased into three "frets" (sheets) of textured pre-colored paper. The paper is fibrous and resists tearing. The plants are not "cookie cutter" models, they vary slightly in size and shape of the stalks and leaves. It took me about 10 minutes to remove the plants from their "frets", form them, and plant them.
The paper is printed with good random plant colors and patterns.
PlantingTo plant the butterburs, simply remove them from the paper "frets". Only two leaves are actually attached to the frets, and the connector is easy to pull free. The paper is remarkably strong and resists my clumsy handling. Only one small leave tore loose.
I rolled the plants across a pencil to make the leaves and stems droop. Next I used the pencil to form the stalks.
NOCH lased a common "root ball" between the stems in the middle. This allows a very simple method of setting the plants into whatever surface you desire.
ScaleNOCH scaled Butterbur, set 14136, to HO - 1/87. I don't know what butterbur are so I am not familiar with how large they should be. Regardless, I find these Laser-Cut Minis to be useful for many scales. I show these butterbur with other scales, too. From 1/35 to HO - 1/87, military and civil subjects. Refer to the photos.
Buttered UpNOCH Butterbur, item 14136, Laser-Cut Minis is an excellent product to quickly and easily create a small stand of excellent looking plants. They are suitable for more scales than just HO. It took me about 10 minutes to remove, shape, plant and photograph these broad leaf bushes.
I have no meaningful criticism of this product and happily recommenced it.
Please remember to mention to NOCH and retailers that you saw these ferns here - on RailRoad Modeling.