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Old 05-23-2008, 08:33 PM
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Question How does one calculate scale?

I have some miniature Starfleet ships (But then, aren't all
models minatures?). The Constitution-class is three
inches long.

How do I calculate the scale of these little guys?



These are the ships I bought:

http://www.scifigenre.com/itemDetail...VOQQYIKTMJKR1V
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Old 05-23-2008, 08:40 PM
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1/24 scale would be saying 1 inch on the model equals 24 inches in real life or 1 foot equals 24 feet or 1 mile equals 24 miles or...

You could use the length of the object in "real life" divided by the length of your model. Say it takes 1000 of your models to make the length of the actual object. Your scale would be 1/1000.

Someone correct me if I'm mistaken.

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Old 05-23-2008, 09:37 PM
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O.K.
Supposedly, the "real" Constitution-class is 947 feet long.
That equals 11,364 inches.

If I divide that by the models' length, (3 inches), I get
3788.

So the scale is 1:3788 ?
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Old 05-23-2008, 10:50 PM
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Yep that'sthe way it works!
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Old 05-23-2008, 11:25 PM
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I think that the Starfleet Battles/Zocchi Minis is officially 1/3900, which is a case of "close enough for marching band" as the sculpts were originally done in the late 70s before the references we currently have were unavailable.

Also, as you'll notice if you study them closely, the miniatures are based on Franz Joseph's Starfleet Tech Manual. That's how the makers of SFB stay out of licensing disputes- their product is based on the FJ book, rather than the version in the series (which is also why you'll never see movie or later generation ships in SFB).

Hey, it's weird, but the game's been out for 30 years, so it must work.

Edit:
You can look at their entire line here. Some are really neat, some don't thrill me so much, but take a look.

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Old 05-24-2008, 12:57 AM
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Yep that'sthe way it works!
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Cool! I guess the paint chips and glue fumes damage I thought I much haven't done. errr... *glitch* *sputter* *crash* *reboot*
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Old 05-24-2008, 06:16 PM
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Yep that's the way it works!
Great! Now I just need to contact JT Graphics and see if he can
do 1:3788 scale (or 1:3900) decals for me.

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Also, as you'll notice if you study them closely, the miniatures are based on Franz Joseph's Starfleet Tech Manual.
That's why I like these little ships. They're just like the book!
The details are amazing. You can even see the Phaser Banks
on either side of the bridge on the Destroyer. (That's how
it is distinguished from the Scout.)

I've seen their line of ships. I prefer plastic to pewter. It bends too
easily. And I don't think it replicates detail as well as plastic.

Hey, Kit-junkie. Are you O.K.?
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Hey, Kit-junkie. Are you O.K.?
Yep. Happens all the time.
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I swear somebody already makes decals for those little suckers! Can't remember where I got them, though.
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Old 05-25-2008, 12:08 PM
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Starfighter Decals does decals for these ships. They are 1/3788 and always have been. (the FASA miniatures were listed as 1/3900) You have to email Mark at this address:

starfighterdecals@verizon.net

...and ask what he has available for the plastic Federation ships. I cannot guarentee any response, although I hear he's quite good about that.

I know someone else once upon a time also did decals, but they've been discontinued but don't recall who that was; it was some years ago since that last inquiry.
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you guys got the scale right, i do mech design and drafting 40+ hours a week, so scale is my thing. i have recently found it much easier to measure models in millimeters vs inches, the conversion process is much easier in a base 10 system, and the tech manuals list dimensions in meters as well. currently scaling out some parts for an amt runabout cockpit, just cant build a hollow model with clear windows. keep an eye on the progress @ www.myspace.com\borgdaddy66 , there is a runabout folder in the pics.
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