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Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Up Scaling Calamity - Scale Ruler

A scale ruler in 1/56th scale would make working on scale buildings a lot easier, I find certainly find them invaluable when working on my model railroad projects. A number of times I have found myself on the website for Rulers-of-the-World but they didn't have the 1/56th ruler that I wanted so I would just pass on by as it was just a passing fancy. This time though I knew that a scale ruler would make working on buildings for Calamity a whole lot easier. So the next time I was on the site I decided to go for a custom ruler in 1/56th scale. The minimum order consists of 5 rulers and the whole order with shipping ran $25 for five 6" rulers.

I forgot when I actually made the order but they contacted me last week to tell me the rulers were ready and I sent payment through paypal. They arrived today and I'm quite pleased with them. My only regret at this point is that I didn't order the 12" rulers instead. But quite frankly I was a bit skeptical. I may order 12" rulers anyway at this point. I'll have to ask if this would still be a custom job since they have done it once already, although 5 rulers means I'm unlikely to lose all of them!

With scale rulers and foamed PVC in hand, I may take a stab at building one of the concept buildings I have been working on for the Calamity model (I know, I know, a model of a model).

This was almost a surprise package. It rained all day today and the envelope got wet and the ink from the inkjet printer was starting to run.

5 rulers clearly marked out with the chosen scale. Covers 28 scale feet in 6 inches which is bang on for 1/56th scale. You only hit an even foot measurement every one and a half inches in this scale. So 1 1/2" = 7', 3" = 14' etc.

I did two checks. Six inches is 28' which I hit bang on . Then I reversed and since the ruler is marked off in 5' inches I check that. In this case its just a shade over 1 1/16' inches which is just about dead on for 5'.

I measured my Red Devils from Warlord Games and they are coming up at about 5'3" - 5'6" tall in this scale. So they are probably closer to 1/53 which is one of the scales that came up as the proper scale or 28mm minis. My Artizan Design US Paratroopers are 5'7" - 5'9" tall so definitely closer to 1/56. I'm still happy with my choice as 1/56th for Calamity especially since I'm using minis from a lot of manufacturers so the buildings will be a little larger than life than most of them, with Reaper and Black Scorpion being the closest matches to the chosen scale.

8 comments:

  1. Oh now that sounds like a useful addition to the toolbox!

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    1. I think so. I think I will try and put them to use tonight and maybe build a miner's shack or something else that's small.

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  2. If you need a longer ruler, you can print out something and attach it to a stick. (Inkscape is a decent, free drawing program that would allow you to do this pretty easily.)

    And once you make one, rescaling to any other scale is relatively trivial.

    Also, if typical sized humans are coming up at 5'3" - 5'6" using a 1/56 scale ruler, I would put them in the 1/60 to 1/64 scale range rather than 1/53.

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  3. There has always been an argument for 1/64th being the best scale. I think the issue really is that while height wise they are a good match, overall they are to bulky. But at this point I'm sticking to 1/56th.

    I think I have inkscape. I'll see if I can make that work.

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  4. Pretty nice tool to have! As far as models of models... In the past I have built structures of foam core or thick card. This let me get the basic shape down. I clad them with Evergreen plastic and other model bits once I was pleased with them. It's so much easier and cheaper to play with card and foam core before sprucing it up with the more expensive stuff, or trashing it and starting over for a redo.

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    1. I'll be using the foamed PVC for pretty much the whole structure. Or least that's the idea. It scores easily so I can score the boards and add a little grain with a razor saw or heavy sandpaper. They should be relatively light and quite strong. Just need to remember to finish the interior walls before I put them together!

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  5. Just power read your last 17 or so blog entries. So much good stuff. Although I still haven't gotten of my duff to model anything, I always appreciate your build pictures. I also still need to mine all your color tutorials and go through my paints.

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    1. Holy cow Sean! That's some serious reading time. I'm certainly glad you find enough useful stuff in there to make it worth reading.

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