|View single post by Si.|
|Posted: Fri Dec 14th, 2018 11:27 am||
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" Ok, so I am getting my terms wrong "
Just to be clear.
I'm not one to tell anyone off' for getting 'terms' wrong.
But plain straight MATHS ... YES !
" 35mm scale " ... Sounds like a new film from Kodak(TM) maybe ...
... or a European Standard water-pipe.
As I said on the previous << Page, having a TRUE SCALE figure to test your 'eye' & 'builds' by ... is THE LAW.
An automobile, truck or horse etc. would work well too.
A scale-rule can tell you how things 'measure', but NEVER if they are gonna look RIGHT.
It's no good 'approximating' either in my view & ending up with cumulative errors over longer measurements etc.
Getting freelance scratchbuilt stuff to come out the 'right' size, is even more tricky than prototype modelling.
At least with something like the Gilpin caboose, you KNOW it's 14' long & what size wheels it has ... PERIOD.
When concocting 'freelance' models, you do have to be careful not to break your own 'rules'.
This might seem oDd or 'wrong' to some people, but I make fundamental 1:35 scale calculations all the time.
My method, in combination with 'actual' figures & autos etc. rarely lets me down.
And YES back in the day, in HO, 1:48 & 1/2" scale, I made monumental cock-ups in scale sometimes !
304.8mm / 35 = 8.7085714mm per Foot
x14' long Gilpin caboose = 121.92mm
( I'd call that 122mm since I don't actually have a pine-cone, you know where ... )
The thing is for me, is that when I cut my main car underframe beams ...
... I wanna know how long they REALLY are in 1:1 mm.
Some people might prefer knowing this in fractions of an Inch ie. 'a bit over' 4 3/4" !
Or easier to calculate decimal-fractions of an Inch, which just happens to be EXACTLY 4.800" !
Despite not having that pine-cone, I always use ALL seven decimal-places on my pocket-calculator ...
( a lovely vintage American 'Rockwell' red L.E.D. model I rather like, despite making the Energizer Bunny very happy ! )
... when doing something like an overall carbuild or a structure dimension.
For smaller stuff like doors, windows, benches & figures etc. ...
... I'd be satisfied knowing that 8.7mm x 6' = 52.2mm ... OR ... 2.055' metric Inches.
... the EXACT height of Wolfy, my 1:35 scale 'crash test dummy' !
So in fact, I didn't actually need my modellers 1:35 scale-rule, for any of that at all ...
... It is WAY WAY WAY easier ( for me at least ) to convert 1:35 dimensions, to 'real world' 1:1 mm.
My bench ...
... engineers-rules, calipers, graph-paper etc. etc.
But a 1:35 modellers 'scale-rule' ?
Nowhere to be seen !
' Mysterious Moose Mountain ' - 1:35n2 - pt.II
' M:R:W Motor Speedway !!! ' - 1:32 Slotcar Racing Layout