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  • Attention to details ... / L'amour de detail ...
    Further NOCH novelties for realistic model landscapes are available.

    Laser-Cut minis Kits for H0 / TT / N

    In the meantime, the NOCH Laser-Cut minis range has become huge. In spite of this, every year it occurs to NOCH that one or more subjects may have been missed out. The new kits are ideal to decorate a model landscape or create, for example, mountain pastures, emphasizing the features or designing a particular scene.

    For H0 gauge there are 10 new kits available:
    Flagstones, 128 pieces (ref. 14221), a Houseboat (ref. 14224), a Drying Frame, roofed, with 8 hay racks, (ref. 14250), Hay Racks, 44 pieces (ref. 14251) a Bakery (ref. 14335), a Mountain Shelter (ref. 14339), a Resting Place (ref. 14366), a Barbecue Place with Swings (ref. 14369), a Chicken Shed (ref. 14378) and a Cattle Shelter (ref. 14379).

    There are 4 new kits for both TT and N gauge:
    Flagstones, 128 pieces (TT ref. 14431; N ref. 14631) a House Boat (TT ref. 14437; N ref. 14637), a Bakery (TT ref. 14488; N ref. 14688) and a Resting Place (TT ref. 14474; N ref. 14674).

    The attached PDFs in English show the respected pages of the New Items  Leaflets and the Season News Leaflets respectively.

    Free sample items for a review are available on request.

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  • Further NOCH novelties for model landscapes are available.
    • Castle Ruin for H0 / TT / N
    • Illuminated Christmas Trees, Green and Snowy, for 0 / H0 / TT / N / Z
    • PROFI Snowy Fir Trees for H0 / TT / N
    • Deco Scene Christmas Manger for H0
    • Sound Scenes for H0: Fire Brigade Operation, Felling Trees, Cow Pasture and Christmas
    • Creepy Graveyard for H0
    • Figure Sets H0 matching the Creepy Graveyard: Vampires and Zombies
    • Accessories H0 matching the Creepy Graveyard: Tomb Monuments and Statues, Funeral Accessories
    • Signal Bases and Signal Niche for N

    The attached PDFs in English show the respected pages of the New Items Leaflets and the Season News Leaflets respectively.

    Free sample items for a review are available on request.

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  • In October NOCH will release exciting new products for the new modelling season:
    • Handicraft Advent Calendar H0 – BRANDNEW!
    • Figures Advent Calendar in H0, TT and N
    • Illuminated Green Christmas Trees for 0, H0, TT, N and Z
    • Laser-Cut minis Kit "Christmas Market Entry Arch" in H0
    • Deco Scene "Christmas Manger" in H0
    • Artificial Water mini for all scales
    • Two Different Storage Box Sets for Scenery Materials


    "The Forest Calls!"

    Tree Cubes with Price Advantage and Great Tree Lottery
    From October exclusive Tree Cubes with a price advantage of more than 20 % will be available at all NOCH Season Promotion dealers. Each Tree Cube will contain a numbered lottery ticket allowing the participation in the NOCH Tree Lottery.
    All participating dealers and all information about the competition will be listed on www.noch.com/tree-lottery from the beginning of October.

    IMAGES and Brochures as PDF of all Season News and Tree Lottery Promotion in English, French and Spanish

    The new 2019/2020 NOCH Main Catalogue is released – now also in English
    The new catalogue includes over 2000 modelling products and useful crafting tips on 356 pages. It presents the topics landscape and track construction, bridges and viaducts, portals, walls and arcades, landscape design, winter scenery, trees and bushes, buildings, figures and decoration, model railways, accessories and much more. The catalogue is available in hobby shops or online from NOCH.


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  • Further NOCH novelties for model landscapes are available.
    • Deco Minis for H0: Tomato Plants, Cauliflower, White Cabbage, Red Cabbage and Pumpkin
    • 3D minis for H0: Hay Harvest et, Turnip Harvest Set and Dairy Farming Set
    • Hay Bales for H0
    • Ornamental Plants for H0: Thuja, Rose Arch, Mediterranean Plants and Palms

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  • Now the new NOCH Hard Foam Series »Granite Wall« is available.

    The new series sets roughly cut granite stones into the limelight. Delicate details like turrets, battlements and cornices put the portals into the centre of attention.

    The new walls and portals are suitable for 0 and H0 gauge as well:
    Ref. 58270 Tunnel Portal, single track, 16 x 15.2 cm
    Ref. 58271 Tunnel Portal, double track, 21.5 x 17.5 cm
    Ref. 58272 Wall, 33 x 12.5 cm
    Ref. 58273 Wall, extra long, 66 x 12.5 cm
    Ref. 58274 Retaining Wall, 33 x 12.5 cm
    Ref. 58275 Retaining Wall, extra long, 66 x 12.5 cm
    Ref. 58276 Arcade Wall, 33 x 12.5 cm
    Ref. 58277 Arcade Wall, extra long, 66 x 12.5 cm

    For the NOCH Viaduct »Ravenna« (ref. 58675) the same stone is processed and therefore the wall of this series can easily be used to create, for example, appropriate bridgeheads.

    An ideal add-on to the portals are the NOCH Interior Tunnel Walls. These are available with a wall structure (Interior Tunnel Wall, straight, ref. 58030 and curved, ref. 58031) and with a rock structure (Interior Tunnel Wall, straight, ref. 58032 and curved, ref. 58033).

    All NOCH hard foam walls and portals have a great design with delicate details. They are lightweight but stable, solvent-resistant and easy to use (to cut, to saw, to paint, to form).

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  • Structure Roads from NOCH – Super Realistic!
    Now the new H0 Structure Roads from NOCH are available!


    The NOCH Structure Roads are made of natural raw materials like quartz sand and rock powder. This guarantees a natural surface look and feel, as well as a realistic appearance and a very high UV resistance. The Structure Roads are therefore the first choice for any ambitious hobbyist. The other big advantage of the innovative production technology – based on thin substrate and by using solvent-free binding - is the high flexibility of the Structure Road.

    There are five types available:
    • Ref. 60312 Structure Road „Cobblestone", 7,5 cm wide, 50 cm long
    • Ref. 60314 Structure Place „Cobblestone", 15,5 x 21 cm
    • Ref. 60316 Structure Curve „Cobblestone", 7,5 cm wide, 32 cm long
    • Ref. 60322 Structure Road „Roman Pattern", 7,5 cm wide, 50 cm long
    • Ref. 60324 Structure Place „Roman Pattern", 15,5 x 21 cm'


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  • Perfect Roads: Do it Yourself!
    Now the new Road Construction System from NOCH is available!

    With the help of the NOCH Road Construction System you can easily build realistic model roads yourself. The system consists of three products:

    • Road Construction Structure Paint, asphalt grey, 250 ml, ref. 60825
    • Road Construction Structure Paint, asphalt anthracite, 250 ml, ref. 60826
    • Road Construction Paint roller, 50 mm wide with spare roller, ref. 60829


    The innovative Road Construction Structure Paint has been specially developed for model road construction. The particular feature of this paint is the adaption to the pattern of the painting tool after application. This offers various design options: Depending on the tool (e.g. brush, spatula or paint roller) applied with the Road Construction Structure Paint, new and interesting surface structures can result.
    For the creation of an asphalt road the Road Construction Paint Roller is very useful. Thanks to the included foam roller, a realistic asphalt structure can be achieved. The two colour shades »asphalt grey« and »asphalt anthracite« are the perfect choice for constructing realistic model roads. Finally the road can be finished with matching street markings (e.g. the NOCH Starter Set Street Markings ref. 60740 containing a street marking pen, a curved ruler and special templates).

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  • Currently the following novelties are delivered to the hobby shops:
    • Laser-Cut Kit Romantic Hotel "Schönblick" in H0 and N scale
    • Laser-Cut Kit Orangery in H0
    • Laser-Cut Kit Piano Concert with micro-sound Piano Performance in H0


    The attached PDFs show you the novelties in ENGLISH.

  • For some years modellers and model railway enthusiasts may have purchased NOCH products online. They can choose from over 1500 products to have them delivered home with a few clicks. This measure was an important step of NOCH in the online sector towards future.

    Up to now the online shop was only in German language being integrated into the English website. But a few days ago the English version of the NOCH shop went online.

    The huge range includes items for terrain structuring, bridges and viaducts, portals, walls and arcades, model figures, trees and vegetation, water products, structure kits, vehicles and model railways. Useful guides – books and videos – show how to create life-like, impressive model landscapes. Sales and special offers make it possible to get significantly reduced products and new items at good prices.

    So now all English speaking modellers can discover the world of model landscaping of NOCH and enjoy shopping on https://shop.noch.com.
  • In September the following novelties will be available:
    • Laser-Cut minis kits for H0, TT and N scale
    • Classic Series Snow Fir Trees for H0, TT, N and Z scale
    • Grass Stripes and Grass Tufts for all scales
    • the new 2018 NOCH Main Catalogue


    The attached PDF shows you the novelties in English.


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  • This year NOCH celebrates a small anniversary: The miniature model figures of NOCH will be 20 years old! In 1997 the first figure-set was launched on the market and this happened only on the grounds of need. In the meantime model figures are one of the most important pillars of the South German company that has developed to a leading manufacturer of model figures.
    For many years NOCH model figures have been available in H0, TT and N scale, and, since February of this year, also for Z scale enthusiasts. Today the NOCH figures range comprises over 250 figure sets. Additionally, there are large XL packs, economy packs, a favourable hobby line and, since last year, NOCH has been offering over 500 single figures in H0 on the website www.modellfiguren.de. Thus NOCH is prepared for possible competition on the field of 3D printed model figures.

    How this story started
    In the last decades one of the bestsellers was the range of NOCH decoration scenes. They included figures and different accessories to create a complete small scene. For example there were sunshades, chairs and pedestrians in one set to design a street café on a model railway layout. At that time NOCH had to buy the figures for these sets. Unfortunately the supplier sold his company in the mid 1990s and also the figure making tools. So an important product group threatened to disappear from the NOCH range. By chance someone at NOCH heard of a Chinese manufacturer that produced model figures for a US customer of NOCH. So NOCH contacted this customer and secured the rights to distribute the figures in Europe. As these figures have not been available in Europe up to that time, NOCH decided to introduce them in 6-pieces-sets. Today the NOCH model figures are available in the hobby shops in the same packaging like 20 years ago.

    Drawing, Modelling, Scanning – The Production of NOCH Figures
    To be able to produce the figure tools in China it was the first step to explain how the figures should look like. So at the beginning a German graphic designer made drawings of railway related subjects. Modellers in the Far East took these drawings and made the master models. Afterwards a tool had been made by a pantographic technique then the figures had been produced with injection die moulding. Finally the figures had been painted by hand and packed in small plastic boxes. This production method was the reason why at the beginning the NOCH figures looked some "chubby". The graphic designer made the drawings similar to cartoons so that the figures had a "comical" appearance. In the meantime almost all of the first figures disappeared from the NOCH range and had been replaced by more realistic looking figures. One of the last remaining figure sets is the "Railroad Staff" (ref. 15280). In the following years the production method had been continuously developed. In the meantime the master models are made by different modellers in Germany. In close consultation with them at personal meetings very nice and realistic looking figures can be produced. The master models are much bigger than the future model figures. Thus even smallest details, finest features and lovely decorations can be worked into the master models. To prevent every detail from being lost, the master models are scanned and the generated data are implemented in a tool. Therefore the quality of the NOCH figures could be significantly improved over the last years.

    Moving forward: From China to Vietnam
    After a tool has been made for a figure set, it starts to get exciting: The figures must be demoulded, deburred, partially assembled and finally handpainted with up to 10 colours. Painting a set of 6 figures can take up to 45 minutes. Unfortunately it is also clear that such a labour-intensive production cannot be implemented in Germany or in Europe where the hourly wages are much higher then in Asia. Additionally, owing to their art-historical imprint, the Asian workers are excellent at miniature artworks! Just think of chinaware – Chinese porcelain – and other art treasures from Asia. Also it would be difficult to find workers featuring such a craft skill in Germany or Europe. Therefore NOCH purchased different tools and ready painted model figures from several Chinese manufacturers. The Chinese economy was booming and due to the disappearance of trade restrictions and travel facilitations the cooperation between NOCH and the Chinese suppliers become easier. However in line with the economical development of the country also the Chinese wages increased. Furthermore there were frequently problems with the quality of the figures, as Chinese migrant workers often did not return in their factories and so every year new workers had to be trained. Thus each time a part of know how, skills and quality awareness were lost. Owing to these developments NOCH decided to found an own factory in Vietnam in 2009. Originally it started as a small workshop with 5 workers but in the meantime it has been grown to a considerable manufacture with more than 120 employees. As NOCH Asia is a hundred-percent subsidiary of NOCH, the German company has direct access to quality, production scheduling and working conditions. The general manager of NOCH Asia is a German-Vietnamese lady educated in Wangen keeping contact with the German staff every day. Several times a year the head of management and of the purchasing department visit the factory in Vietnam maintaining close contact with each other. Thanks to the foundation of the own factory in Vietnam NOCH could improve the quality of the figures, especially the painting. Also the cost pressure from China could be moderated. Additionally, NOCH can control the working conditions fulfilling its social responsibility towards the staff in Vietnam.

    What's next? Looking in the crystal ball
    The rapid development of technologies and the internet affect also the NOCH figures involving opportunities and risks. While it has been possible to scan master models three-dimensionally for a long time, the costs have become affordable also for medium-sized companies. Thus they can save costs in scanning the master models at home and sending the data instead of sending the models to Vietnam to make the figure tools. And you can go even further if you scan a real person without the intermediate step of making a master model. The first project of this kind was the production of the pianist in the Laser-Cut Kit Piano Concert with micro-sound Piano Performance (ref. 66827) in 2017.
    For this purpose a member of the NOCH staff scanned his wife wearing an evening dress at home and then processed the data digitally. So for the first time it was not necessary to make a master model and to generate the construction data.
    The 3D printing process is a further development that will strongly influent the production of model figures in future. This technology makes it possible to print a figure directly on the basis of a computer file. Similar to the laser-cut technology that changed the production of model buildings, the 3D printing will find its way into the production of model railway accessories more and more. In order to keep their strong market position on this field, NOCH has been working on 3D printing for some years. NOCH was the first manufacturer to launch 3D printed figures in series production in 2013: three girls dancing on the pole included in the limited Laser-Cut kit Table Dance Bar Eden (ref. 66506). In 2015 the "3D minis" were introduced: perfectly detailed, handpainted and weathered models. So today fine scale models are available for every modeller. Also the mentioned pianist and the piano are 3D printed models, painted in the own factory in Vietnam. For the future it is to be expected that small start-ups of 3D printed models will be released in direct marketing. Therefore, to be in the forefront right from the start NOCH opened an online shop for single figures in 2016. On www.modellfiguren.de modellers may choose from over 500 lovely detailed, handpainted models. As trade channels will change owing to new technologies but NOCH is known as the leading retail partner, the company passes a part of the online sales volume on to the specialized dealers to support them for their future business. This fact was one of the reasons why NOCH was elected retail partner No. 1 as published in the independent market magazin "markt intern" in 2016.
  • The PDF shows you the novelties in English.

    Colours, combinations and forms are subject to change without prior notice.

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    Colours, combinations and forms are subject to change without prior notice.

  • In April the following new items will be available:
    • Tall PROFI Trees for 0 and H0: Birch, Oak, Lime, Chestnut Tree
    • Fine Application Laser-Cut Adhesive
    • Latex Adhesive for Cork & More
    • Basic Set “Modelling” for 0, H0, TT, N, Z
    • Basic Set “Decoration” for H0, TT, N

    The PDF shows you the novelties in English.


    Colours, combinations and forms are subject to change without prior notice.

  • For enthusiastic modellers: PROFI Tree Structures for H0 / TT / N
    The high quality NOCH PROFI tree range now contains large trees without leaves. These tree structures can be used in various ways: Create individual, beautiful trees using NOCH Grass Glue and different NOCH leaves and flocks. Or make impressive winter trees with NOCH Snow Paste applied on the bare tree structures. Available as Tree Structure “Beech Tree”, 13 cm (5.12 in.) high, ref. 22010
    and Tree Structure “Lime Tree”, 18.5 cm (7.28 in.) high, ref. 22020.

    All-round scenery decoration for every scale: Grass Tufts Mini Sets
    Using the popular ready-to-plant NOCH Grass Tufts you can perfectly decorate field paths, lake or river shores, embankments and slopes as well as the edges of roads and forests. However, they are also ideal to create flowerbeds or to brighten meadows. The eight new Grass Tufts Mini Sets are perfect for decorating smaller areas or if you wish to use different types of grass tufts. Each set includes 42 grass tufts with either 6 mm fibre length or extra large tufts with 12 mm fibre length. Retailed in the colours “green”, “field plants”, “blooming red” and “blooming yellow”.

    For a Mediterranean flair: Almonds and Pines for H0 / TT / N
    You can create a holiday atmosphere on your layout using the two new high quality NOCH PROFI line trees:
    - Almonds, 2 pieces pack, 8 and 9 cm (3.15 and 3.54 in.) high, ref. 21996
    - Pine, 11.5 cm (4.53 in.) high, ref. 21997

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  • The NOCH PROFI Series includes high quality, elaborately hand-made model trees manufactured in the NOCH owned factory »NOCH Asia« in Vietnam.


    Colours, combinations and forms are subject to change without prior notice.


  • Colours, combinations and forms are subject to change without prior notice.