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warhammer74

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Train scale close to bt size.
« on: 03 December 2019, 12:00:33 »
Looking for terrain at local hobby store.   What size is closest.  Ho scale or n scale.  Possibly using people and vehicles as substitutes.

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Re: Train scale close to bt size.
« Reply #1 on: 03 December 2019, 12:20:00 »
N scale is closest.

Battletech is 6mm or 1:285 scale

HO is 1:87

N is 1:160

Z scale (which may work as well for some things) is 1:220


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_rail_transport_modelling_scale_standards#Scale_standards
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Re: Train scale close to bt size.
« Reply #2 on: 03 December 2019, 17:14:41 »
Z scale is closest if you can find it. N scale is nearly double the size but trees and scenery will work well enough. Forget about HO.

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Re: Train scale close to bt size.
« Reply #3 on: 03 December 2019, 17:33:18 »
Z scale is closest if you can find it. N scale is nearly double the size but trees and scenery will work well enough. Forget about HO.

HO scale is the brail or large print of Train diorama's (but also the mostly used and purchased)

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Re: Train scale close to bt size.
« Reply #4 on: 03 December 2019, 18:18:48 »
Case by case basis - Z scale people are about right, but N scale (same as MW:DA figures, more or less) look ok next to 'Mechs.
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Re: Train scale close to bt size.
« Reply #5 on: 04 December 2019, 18:08:05 »
Z-Scale is the closest, but really hard to find. Some places like Heroics and Rocs that do sell train miniatures.
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Re: Train scale close to bt size.
« Reply #6 on: 06 December 2019, 22:45:45 »
It is all up to what you are looking for.

Z scale 1/220 would be the best for personal size buildings and vehicles.

N scale 1/160 (1/150) is good for larger industrial buildings. Place were power loaders would be used.

Who scale would be good for large industrial buildings. Places that use work Mechs and so on.

I posted some pics a while back showing the different scales at work I will post them after work.
« Last Edit: 07 December 2019, 03:38:12 by shadhawk »

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Re: Train scale close to bt size.
« Reply #7 on: 18 December 2019, 11:05:03 »
While Z scale would technically be closest, a lot of N scale buildings would work, mainly because most model RR layouts are heavily compressed, and building footprints are significantly reduced.  The height of the building is generally close to the scale as stated, but the footprint is drastically undersized: a church steeple ends up being 3x or 4x the width of the building in height, and there's only enough room inside the building to seat perhaps 20 people, rather than 200.  An apartment building is the right height, but all of the apartments are only 4' by 8' in width and length.  Unless you're talking about downtown Tokyo housing densities or higher, that's seriously undersized.

I've built a number of structures for BattleTech scenery using everything from Styrofoam and cardboard to cast plaster blocks and sheet plastic.  There seems to be a significant niche market for pre-made 1:285th scale sci-fi structures at an affordable price, but nobody seems to have found an affordable solution that's mass-producible and marketable.

 

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