How to figure out scale for models?

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How to figure out scale for models?

Post by IceGiant » Sun Apr 08, 2018 9:52 pm

Hi all,
I was wondering if someone can help me how to figure out scale. I'm going to try and scratch build a ship.

The dimensions are 65 meters long, 24 meters wide, and 14 meters high. Would do I do to figure out dimensions for say 1/1000 scale and 1/1400 scale?

Help please.

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Re: How to figure out scale for models?

Post by Tesral » Sun Apr 08, 2018 10:05 pm

First you break down the scale. X/xx That means X inch equals xx inches in scale. So a 1/1000 model is 1000 inches to the real inch.

Convert to 1/1000
65 meters long. a meter is 39.36 inches. So 65x39.36 = 2558.4.

The next step is easy. Divine the number of inches by 1000.

2558.4/1000 = 2.5584 inches. Or 2.55 inches for reasonable accuracy.

Repeat for the other measurements. For 1/1400 plug in 1400 instead of 1000. That works for any scale.
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Re: How to figure out scale for models?

Post by IceGiant » Sun Apr 08, 2018 10:49 pm

Thanks Tesral!!

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Re: How to figure out scale for models?

Post by TonyG2 » Mon Apr 09, 2018 7:47 am

I found a download application a few years ago that was a real help. Think it was called ScaleCalc or ScaleCalculator. Anyway it in "both directions" so you could input the size of a model and the "real" thing and it would output the scale or you could input the real size and desired scale and it would give you the correct scale dimensions. It would also recale so if you had, say, a 1/2500 model and wanted to know the correct dimensions in 1/1000 it would work that out as well.

I will see if I can find it. I haven't been to the site I found it on in years so it may have evaporated!....

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Re: How to figure out scale for models?

Post by mophius » Mon Apr 09, 2018 10:39 am

Thereis a downloadable program at Starship Modeler
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Re: How to figure out scale for models?

Post by RogueWolf » Mon Apr 09, 2018 5:47 pm

mophius wrote:Thereis a downloadable program at Starship Modeler
I use this program all the time, it's awesome!
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Re: How to figure out scale for models?

Post by el gato » Mon Apr 09, 2018 5:59 pm

Since he's dealing in meters, it makes it easy (in fact, I usually measure things in meters because it's soooo much easier):

First, convert to cm (1 m = 100 cm):

65 meters = 6500 cm

Next, divide by the scale:

6500/1000 = 6.5 cm

6500/1400 = 4.6 cm

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Re: How to figure out scale for models?

Post by TonyG2 » Thu Apr 12, 2018 7:25 am

I think that is the same program I was referring to although I don't recall getting it from SSM.

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Re: How to figure out scale for models?

Post by Xen » Sat Apr 14, 2018 10:22 am

IceGiant wrote:Hi all,
I was wondering if someone can help me how to figure out scale. I'm going to try and scratch build a ship.

The dimensions are 65 meters long, 24 meters wide, and 14 meters high. Would do I do to figure out dimensions for say 1/1000 scale and 1/1400 scale?

Help please.

One quick Google search shows this which doesn't need to be downloaded, but doesn't have 1/1400 :( (scroll down to the bottom of the linked page)

http://www.scalemodelersworld.com/onlin ... -tool.html

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