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I know the two closest scales for railroad set buildings off the top of my head but . . .

 . . . does anyone have experience using/kitbashing ship model kits into table top BT terrain?  I was looking at some 1/350 models and was wondering . . .
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I know the two closest scales for railroad set buildings off the top of my head but . . .

 . . . does anyone have experience using/kitbashing ship model kits into table top BT terrain?  I was looking at some 1/350 models and was wondering . . .
Say a little bit more about what you are thinking of doing. Iron Wind Metals has a range of warships, but it seems like you are asking something different. I once tried to do the math on a mech scale warship, to make with xps foam, but even the smallest would come out to something like 12 feet long.

Or do you mean blue water navy on a BT terrain board?
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I know the two closest scales for railroad set buildings off the top of my head but . . .

 . . . does anyone have experience using/kitbashing ship model kits into table top BT terrain?  I was looking at some 1/350 models and was wondering . . .

1/350 stuff is pretty good, overall. It does depend on the ship your wanting to use, though. I've got a Typhoon I turned into an Argo, but needed a 1/700 model for that.

A 1/350 *Kuznetsov* is exactly the right length for a Luftenburg.

Only partially related, but multiple model companies (my favorite is Trumpeter) make 1/350 aircraft for adding to carrier models, and those are often the PERFECT size to make conventional fighters or support aircraft.
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Map scale, or 'Mech scale?

Map scale, the USS Nimitz class carrier (332m long), and comes out at 11 hexes long, 2 1/2 hexes wide. Which would look quite silly next to a current mini.

Mech scale, at theoretical 1:285, it's over 1m long (3'10" for USAians). 1/300 scale kits would be near enough for government work.

Then there's these:



Look for '3D puzzle aircraft carrier'. They're foamboard, easy to assemble, and probably just a little smaller than 1:285. Unfortunately I can't find the photos I took of the one I built right now.

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I was actually thinking of cargo ships that would be more mech scale for city terrain- something like a Liberty which would be 4.5 hexes for map scale but next to mech seems off.  I have N & Z scale buildings along with other gamer specific buildings.
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You want cargo ships? Also foamcore. I present ... ZIM!

(The third picture is Invader ZIM, Q-ship ;) )
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You want cargo ships? Also foamcore. I present ... ZIM!

(The third picture is Invader ZIM, Q-ship ;) )
Nice! That's kinda awesome. Those photos are amazing!
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Invader ZIM is amazing! ;D

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Thanks worktroll, that is the sort of thing I was looking for to go on a table.  I just thought a plastic model might be easier to mod.  Wish I could find a aircraft carrier I bought for my nephew probably 10 years ago as a toy, it was perfect for table top but I was not thinking of that back then.
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worktroll, it is giving me errors trying to message you- can you PM me the name of the company that makes that container ship?  I am having a hard time finding it.
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Re: What size warship & ship models would work best for table top?
« Reply #10 on: 17 May 2024, 03:11:51 »
ZIM looks like it may have been a once off promotional piece. But search for "3d puzzle container ship" or similar, and good luck.

Make sure to look for foamxore, not metal.
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* Because Battletech is a conspiracy by Habsburg & Bourbon pretenders - MadCapellan
* The Hellbringer is cool, either way. It's not cool because it's bad, it's cool because it's bad with balls - Nightsky
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Re: What size warship & ship models would work best for table top?
« Reply #11 on: 17 May 2024, 03:23:40 »
Foamcore, right?

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Re: What size warship & ship models would work best for table top?
« Reply #12 on: 17 May 2024, 14:18:48 »
Trying to find ZIM online I ran across this on ebay - it's pretty expensive, and it might be cheaper to build it yourself out of xps foam. But you can find a range of blue water ship models here.
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