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>> Home > Forum > Plans! > Working out scale
Working out scale
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cormorant
(Admiral)





Forum Posts: 162
22nd Apr 2017 13:49  
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I am completing a Pilot boat which has been built from plans by Vic Smeed.
The plans indicate scale as 3/4 inch - 1ft
The boat is 34 and a half inches long.
As I am a mathematical no hoper, can anyone help with the scale e.g. 1/25th
Thank you.
Steve

Midlife306
(Admiral)





Forum Posts: 89
22nd Apr 2017 13:58  
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1/16

12 inches (1 ft) divided by 0.75 (3/4 inch) = 16
Cheers
Wayne

cormorant
(Admiral)





Forum Posts: 162
22nd Apr 2017 14:25  
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Oh, if only I could see it that easily.

Thanks Wayne.

Midlife306
(Admiral)





Forum Posts: 89
22nd Apr 2017 16:12  
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You're more than welcome👍
It's when you're working off 3 different scale plans & photos from odd angles it starts to liquidise my gray matter.
Cheers
Wayne

hammer
(Fleet Admiral!)





Forum Posts: 61
22nd Apr 2017 20:15  
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More often than not that is how I work. Plans of different scales to the model. I make a scale rule model on one plans on an other. Paint the rules different colours, with red for the model.


Don't be shy just reply
NickW
(Lieutenant)





Forum Posts: 75
22nd Apr 2017 23:53  
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Not sure if this will help....something I found when building plastic kits


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NickW
(Lieutenant)





Forum Posts: 75
22nd Apr 2017 23:54  
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And this as well...


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B712
(Apprentice)





Forum Posts: 1
23rd Apr 2017 08:54  
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1/2 inches to a foot is 1/24 the so reduce all by 1/3rd is nearly there

cormorant
(Admiral)





Forum Posts: 162
24th Apr 2017 20:59  
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Thank you all for your help.
Steve

robbob
(Fleet Admiral!)





Forum Posts: 48
24th Apr 2017 21:11  
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Hi Steve.
Here's an on-line scale calculator that I have found very useful, it eliminates the 'brain ache' I get when need to work out a scale dimension.

See: http://jbwid.com/scalcalc.htm

Rob


"Time flies like an arrow; fruit flies like a banana"
cormorant
(Admiral)





Forum Posts: 162
24th Apr 2017 21:47  
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Thank you Rob. I have book marked the page for future reference.

Steve

RNinMunich
(Fleet Admiral!)





Forum Posts: 599
30th Apr 2017 22:30  
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Here's a good online calculator.
http://scalecalculator.com/
I like this because you can enter the real life size directly in feet or metres, and calculate any scale you want 👍😎


"Retirement is when you stop living at work -
and start working at living/boat modeling!" 舰队的海军上将 😉 Doug
robbob
(Fleet Admiral!)





Forum Posts: 48
30th Apr 2017 23:32  
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Hi Doug.
That's a very useful calculator tool, I've bookmarked that one for myself too 👍
Thanks.
Rob.


"Time flies like an arrow; fruit flies like a banana"
Westquay
(Captain)





Forum Posts: 180
1st May 2017 11:38  
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You want to try model railway scales, where apart from the scale and size you also have different gauges to take into account! But basically 1/12th scale is an inch to a foot. 46 foot boat, 46 inch model. smaller number on the scale, bigger model, so 1/8th would half again as big....46 inch boat, 69 inch model. Go tother way, 1/16th scale (half the size of 1/8th) 46 inch boat, 34 1/2inch model....sound familiar?

Basically divide full size by the scale to get the length in feet (or metres if that's the full sized standard). If feet, then multiply by 12 to get the inches.
2.875 feet times 12 is 34 1/2.
Have calculator will travel.

Martin

RNinMunich
(Fleet Admiral!)





Forum Posts: 599
2nd May 2017 01:35  
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You all seem to build to ginormous scales!
My ships range from 1:72 to 1:350 !!
Otherwise the cruisers, battleships and carriers would be untransportable, never mid the weight. Although I must admit I am considering the 'Ark Royal' (WW2) in 1:100; = 8.6 feet! Built in two sections and bolted together at the lake perhaps? 😎


"Retirement is when you stop living at work -
and start working at living/boat modeling!" 舰队的海军上将 😉 Doug
RNinMunich
(Fleet Admiral!)





Forum Posts: 599
2nd May 2017 01:42  
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PS Have Kindle Fire have also Internet access and can travel 😊
But when I'm travelling, business or pleasure, I have other things on my mind 😉 On that happy note ......


"Retirement is when you stop living at work -
and start working at living/boat modeling!" 舰队的海军上将 😉 Doug
Westquay
(Captain)





Forum Posts: 180
2nd May 2017 10:28  
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Doug, I only do civil boats and sail. I hate to see a huge ship modelled to a tiny scale bobbing around like a cork on a rough pond! So my models have to be nearer the waves in scale.

1-350?? That's a map ain't it?

Martin

RNinMunich
(Fleet Admiral!)





Forum Posts: 599
2nd May 2017 11:48  
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Maybe, but the carriers & co still come out at around 1 to 1.5 metre!
My H class destroyer at 1:72 comes out at 1.36 metre.
U26 at 1.05 metre.
Part of the fun is squeezing everything in 😉
Also they have to fit into the car 😎
Ark Royal at 1:16 -> 53' 9", USS Enterprise ca 75 feet 😲


"Retirement is when you stop living at work -
and start working at living/boat modeling!" 舰队的海军上将 😉 Doug
Westquay
(Captain)





Forum Posts: 180
2nd May 2017 11:51  
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I'm so pleased I don't like military stuff! My Marblehead is bad enough. I'd have to rely on my daughter or daughter in law as they both have Jeeps. I have a little Peugeot 206CC and no, the retractable roof doesn't work so it won't poke out the top!

Martin

RNinMunich
(Fleet Admiral!)





Forum Posts: 599
2nd May 2017 11:58  
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That's why I bought a Toyota Verso !! In Navy Blue of course 😉


"Retirement is when you stop living at work -
and start working at living/boat modeling!" 舰队的海军上将 😉 Doug
Westquay
(Captain)





Forum Posts: 180
2nd May 2017 12:58  
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Oh dear, I don't even know what one of those is!

Martin

RNinMunich
(Fleet Admiral!)





Forum Posts: 599
2nd May 2017 13:27  
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That's what it's like, lots of freight space 😎


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"Retirement is when you stop living at work -
and start working at living/boat modeling!" 舰队的海军上将 😉 Doug
Westquay
(Captain)





Forum Posts: 180
2nd May 2017 13:31  
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Ah, an estate car. Good choice, but I'm such a boy racer, I enjoy the sporty nature of the Pug more than I enjoy model boats

I used to work in Sauerlach and often went to Munich for the evening or a Sunday's sight seeing.
Martin

RNinMunich
(Fleet Admiral!)





Forum Posts: 599
2nd May 2017 13:49  
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I like bit of poke as well, 147PS and 230km/h is enough for me 😉
Sauerlach isn't far from me, I'm in Ramersdorf in SE Munich, not far from the Ostpark where I sail my models on the lake next to the Biergarten - sehr gemütlich 😎


"Retirement is when you stop living at work -
and start working at living/boat modeling!" 舰队的海军上将 😉 Doug
Westquay
(Captain)





Forum Posts: 180
2nd May 2017 13:54  
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That's not bad. My son had a Primera and that always surprised me by its poke.
I know the Biergarten.
There was a mini market in Sauerlach which sold an unbelievably gorgeous, yet cheap wine called Erben Merlot Spatburgunder. I can't describe how gorgeous it was, but I cannot get it over here and I no longer have a Passport. I used to build show cars in Sauerlach for BMW, etc. Volke has a studio there.

Cheers,
Martin

RNinMunich
(Fleet Admiral!)





Forum Posts: 599
2nd May 2017 14:01  
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Market noted, ich werde nachforschen! 😋
Interesting job 👍 I worked here 30+ years for Rohde & Schwarz the electronics people, in the secure comms division. Specialised in naval comms. Got to see a lot of ships, from subs, patrol boats to light carriers.
Retired end of January so now have time for stuff like this 😎


"Retirement is when you stop living at work -
and start working at living/boat modeling!" 舰队的海军上将 😉 Doug
RNinMunich
(Fleet Admiral!)





Forum Posts: 599
4th May 2017 10:31  
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PS re wine - did some research and found several online shops with it. Google it! Erben Merlot Spätburgunder. A bit sweet for my taste 'Lieblich' is OK but some are bit too Lieb for me.
Zum Wohl, Doug 😎


"Retirement is when you stop living at work -
and start working at living/boat modeling!" 舰队的海军上将 😉 Doug
Westquay
(Captain)





Forum Posts: 180
4th May 2017 10:45  
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Doug, a while back I did google it and came up with nothing exactly like what I bought. I wouldn't have said it was sweet, just bloody delicious! My wine knowledgeable chum and I polished off three bottles in an evening and I meant to go back but never did.
I'll have another look for it. I'm also a fan of Walnut Brown sherry, but the shops have stopped selling it. Good taste you see

Martin

RNinMunich
(Fleet Admiral!)





Forum Posts: 599
5th May 2017 22:36  
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REAL Tawny Port seems to have gone the same way! Oh well I'll have to make do with a Lagavulin Distillers Choice!! 😉
Slancha!


"Retirement is when you stop living at work -
and start working at living/boat modeling!" 舰队的海军上将 😉 Doug
Westquay
(Captain)





Forum Posts: 180
6th May 2017 10:17  
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I would say fortified wines are a sign of old age but I've loved a good sherry since I was a kid. Tawny port, or Malmsey, Marsala, Madiera,....Oh yes!

Martin

RNinMunich
(Fleet Admiral!)





Forum Posts: 599
7th May 2017 00:10  
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Tawny port - Yes Sir! But the others are a bit too sweet for me.
On the sherry side I favour Tio Pepe 😲, or for something a bit softer Croft Original. But these are 'side issues' basically I'm a malt whisky man, preferably from the west coast, Oban is beautiful, the harbour and Colosseum copy (outer walls anyway!) not just the distillery on the dockside.
Currently I'm into Isle of Islay; Jura Superstition or Lagavulin Distillers Choice! Cheers 😎


"Retirement is when you stop living at work -
and start working at living/boat modeling!" 舰队的海军上将 😉 Doug
Westquay
(Captain)





Forum Posts: 180
7th May 2017 09:30  
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For me, sherry has to be Walnut Brown ever since I discovered a bottle in the duty free on Guernsey. I had flown at zero feet on an Islander from Jersey and had time to kill on Guernsey. Willians and Humbert. A superb name that instills great confidence in the contents.
As to a malt, I agree with your area choice. I have a bottle of The Talisker, bought for me by a grateful customer who travels a lot. I haven't had customers for a couple of years, so you can see how much of it I drink!
For a simple tipple, I prefer a Navy rum, like Pussers or Woods and to make the Woods last longer, but not noticeably change it's flavour a drop of peppermint cordial with it. An old Fenny put me on to that trick.
But a smal heart attack at Christmas 2016 has made it necessary to be a bit careful with the imbibings and it goes in small measure in a coffee these days.

Cheers,
Martin