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large64 05-07-2011 05:51 PM

How to convert scale???
So, I have all these ideas in my head, and I don't know how to scale everything correctly. I tried one online converter, but it just confused me more. How do you convert 1/18th to inches and feet? Any and all help would be greatly appreciated!

I looked here and couldn't find anything. If I missed it, I'm sorry =)

Goldbug 05-07-2011 10:38 PM

Lt. Pinpoint 05-08-2011 08:26 AM

One of the things I did, if trying to scale walls, doors and ceilings is place the arms up straight over the head. A 6' person will have a slight crook in his arm when touching the top frame of a standard door. So this can give you an idea, (only an idea) of how high a door should be. Use the same concept for cars, bikes, and other props.
A standard desk should come up to the bottom of your buttocks, so therefor, use the bottom of the buttocs on your figure to determine a hieght of a desk.
This system is not 100% accurate, but id does work.

large64 05-08-2011 04:31 PM

Goldbug! That is a better calculator than the one I found.

LT, I was thinking of trying that. Being 6'1 I figured I could get some "accurate" measurments. Don't really have access to type of buildings I'm thinking of though.

Thanks for your help guys! I appreciate it.

Hopefully I can pull off what I have in my minds eye. There are some great tutorials here, and I plan on putting them to good use.

Urban Saboteur 05-08-2011 04:37 PM

Lt.Pinpoint is spot on. It's not measurement accurate but using doorways or windows is a better way of judging how big something should be in scale to your joes.

You said that you don't have access to the buildings you had in mind?

Care to elaborate? I might be able to offer some ideas or assist you if i knew what it is your thinking of making :)

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ThinkTank 05-09-2011 11:12 PM

it also helps to visualize what the scale really means. 1 to 18 means one real life measurement to 18 "toy" measurements, in our case, inches or feet. So, an object that is 2 inches long, like a toy macheter would be 36 toy inches long, roughly 3 feet. A 4 inch tall figure would be 72 toy inches tall, or about 6 feet. (1/18 = 4/72)

1/6 scale is a little easier on the number cruncher. A foot tall gi joe man is about 6 toy feet tall.

so, those little toy battleships are in 1/72 scale or 1/240 or whatever, so you have one real inch equaling 72 inches or 240 inches, so the bigger the second number, the smaller the model, because you are shrinking it down more.

a true to life size statue is 1 to 1 scale, because the "real" and the "toy" measurements are the same.

I dont know if that helps you or not, but it certainly confused the crap out of me. :)

Now, this is not to say I bust out a ruler and a notebook everytime I take a picture. You gotta get down there and eyeball it to see if it looks right.

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