Wednesday evening, I tipped out my modelling box. It was a horrible mess. I sorted all unfinished models and their respective print ups: five PzKpfw IIIs two A13 Cruisers two Universal Carriers a six pounder gun and a load of Vikings from Junior General.
All the tools, glue and so on went into a smaller box.
I stuck the upper hull print-ups for the PzKpfw III to thicker , card and clipped out a load of wheels, all ready for the weekend.
Thursday morning, cycling to work. Down the big hill, pedalling hard, check the road, nothing coming, over the road onto the path, hard left and... Ice! Slide, crunch, owch.
Right arm is now in a cast.... Can't even hold scissors.
Fortunately nothing was broken. It was only in a half-cast (no sblack personing at the back, there), which was rubbing and making my arm sore. I removed that and just rewrapped my wrist to stop me moving it. I can move my hand quite well now, just can't put weight through my wrist - cutting card with scissors - yes (but can't use the craft knife just yet), DIY/house work - No.
Last Edit: Nov 7, 2011 11:08:26 GMT -5 by alloydog
It was only in a half-cast (no sblack personing at the back, there),
I thought why would I write "sblack personing" Took a few minutes of what would go between "No" and "at the back". Then I realised I wrote sn1gger1ng. The auto-censor rewrote "n1gger" as "black person"
I wonder, if anyone else reads carefully what they have written, only to find parts of words, or innocent phrases replaced with something else?
I'm now making a proper effort to get something presentable (for solo-wargaming purposes) on the table. A couple of weeks ago, I printed up the PzKpfW III; the first printing at 100% scaling was too big. So, I printed the others at about 95% scaling and they turned out right. Then a few days later, I printed up the Stuart "Honey". I printed three up at one go, with 95% scaling; they came out at about 80% the correct size! I used gThumb, a basic picture viewer for Linux. As I printed them on sticker-paper, and the printer ink was getting low, I thought "Ah, what the hell, it's just me playing with them."
Yesterday, I re-opened the Airfix Bren-gun carrier kit (Getting side-tracked already...) Baring in mind that it is supposed to be 1/76th scale, the standing figure looks about the right size. But the kneeling figures, for the 6 pdr., are more like 1/72nd scale. I took the figures from the other kits as well for a comparison:
So now I don't feel too bad about the tanks not being quite right
Post by cliff button on Jul 22, 2013 16:17:22 GMT -5
Yes, I've noticed quite a few differences in figure scales. They not only differ from manufacturer to manufacturer, they can be odd from set to set of a single maker... I used to have an airfix Bren carrier, but never noticed the difference in figure sizes. It was obvious that the carrier was 1/76 though.
Some of our earliest models are a bit off-scale, but it isn't anything hugely noticable. After the first couple years, we refined our design technique for better scale accuracy. Adjusting print size is just something that can't be done with traditional plastic models. Nice paint on the figures!
I know each manufacturer seems to have slightly different ideas of what "scale" means, but two things that bug here: One is for the Airfix 1/76th scale Bren carrier kit, the kneeling figures are spot on for 1/72nd, while the standing figure, from the same box is closer to 1/76th scale. But in the Airfix 1/72nd scale Jeep kit, the figure is too small, even for 1/76th scale: maybe the designer was an 00 scale train set fan?
The other annoying is thing is why mix scales? Airfix and Revell do boxes of 1/72 scale figures. But most of their kits are 1/76th scale - I don't get it, why? But Airfix do make some 1/72nd kits.
I remember the Matchbox kits: These were 1/76th scale and they made their kits in two or three colours, depending on the size. If I'm correct, Revell seem to have inherited the Matchbox moulds; The Morris truck kit I have is identical to the old Matchbox one.
Oh yeah, one last gripe: The shell the 6 pdr's loader figure is carrying is nearly 2 mm in diameter - that's about 155 mm real-size! Now, if the 8th Army had those guns, they would probably have toasted Rommel in a few weeks
Post by cliff button on Aug 3, 2013 16:20:57 GMT -5
Years ago (60's to early 70's), it seems that 1/76 was a popular modeling scale, but eventually 1/72 scale became more common. That is when some companies started marketing their old 1/76 scale items as 1/72 scale. No need to change the figures or models, just print a new box. Many times, the differences were not too noticible, but in most cases, it certainly was.
As mentioned previously, Michigan Toy soldier has a good description of figure sets and their actual scales (for those who just don't want to, or can't, use paper figure flats) available on the 'net.