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OK Guys time to put a end to what figures to use for your large scale seaview kit. I am currently working on the 1/128 (4) window kit I purchased when it first came out a few years ago. I just about purchased all the upgrades that I could get but there was always the one thing that bugged me.. My kit had a skeleton crew. a few sitting crewmen and 2 standing. Then there was the proportion issue with heads on the standing figures.. I was willing to live with them but there just was not enough crew. So with the new 8 window on the market.. which I will pick up when Im done with the 4 window. I was wanting to get a clear Idea of what scale are the crew or what scale the replacment crew and guest should be.. the kit is 1/128 .. figures come 1/97 ( n scale if Im correct) 1/150& 1/200. I was thinking 1/150 unpainted figures but that may be too small.. Anyone out there with a clear idea what size figures to use :confused:

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Thanks Paul

That would be great if I was building more subjects in this scale but I cant Justify the price to order from across the pond and only use a dozen figures .. Maybe I could get a group of people who want a few for their build maybe...:rolleyes:


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Also paul when will you have the decal interior for the 4 window 1/128 kit back in stock?
 

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OK Guys time to put a end to what figures to use for your large scale seaview kit. I am currently working on the 1/128 (4) window kit I purchased when it first came out a few years ago. I just about purchased all the upgrades that I could get but there was always the one thing that bugged me.. My kit had a skeleton crew. a few sitting crewmen and 2 standing. Then there was the proportion issue with heads on the standing figures.. I was willing to live with them but there just was not enough crew. So with the new 8 window on the market.. which I will pick up when Im done with the 4 window. I was wanting to get a clear Idea of what scale are the crew or what scale the replacment crew and guest should be.. the kit is 1/128 .. figures come 1/97 ( n scale if Im correct) 1/150& 1/200. I was thinking 1/150 unpainted figures but that may be too small.. Anyone out there with a clear idea what size figures to use :confused:

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I used "N" scale Figures by Preiser. The kit figures if scaled to the doors on the sail as provided in the kit are way too large. The Preiser figures look correct as used in the control room of my Seaview. Preiser offers hundreds of figures in many different poses to choose from to populate the crew.
 

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Those figures are only 11 GBP or $17 USD for twenty-five figures. You aren't going to get much cheaper than that. Preiser figures here are about $15 for six figures.
 

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I went on ebay and searched for "n" scale figures. I bought 100 figures from China for less than 2.50 delivered! They are white, 1/150th scale and amazingly detailed. (Far better than the kit figures) Mine came in about 1 week after I ordered them. They look to be the right scale when set in the model.
 

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FYI, "N" scale is 1/160
I usually think of "N" scale as 1/160 . The ebay ad for the figures listed them at 1/150th. They look to be the same height as the more expensive "Woodland
Scenics" figures. Whatever- they look great in the SEAVIEW - far superior to the "snowman" looking figures provided in the kit. I was trying to provide a cheaper solution to the expensive 'Preiser" figures previously mentioned in the above posts. The Preiser figures are great- but not that great considering the price difference. The detail on these cheap figures is pretty amazing considering the small scale.
 

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N is not a fixed scale and ranges from 1/148 to about 1/160 depending on where you live. UK and US N scales are not the same. HO varies a bit too IIRC.[/QUOTE

You're correct about the varieties of N scale interpretation across the globe and thanks for setting me straight.

I did a little research and found that Germany (N scale originated there by the manufacturer Arnold) and other European manufacturers adhere to the E.U. NEM 1/160 measurement which corresponds with U.S. NMRA. The only countries who stray from this appears to be the U.K. (their N scale is 1/148 but is only of U.K. prototypes... they also have their "2mm" scale which is 1/152) and Japan who uses 1/150 as their N scale standard. Pretty much any of those scale standards would probably work fine with figures for the Seaview.

Another scale to consider for Seaview figures would be the European and Russian "TT" (for "table top") scale (Not the U.K. TT scale which was 1/102) at 1/120. It is second only in popularity to HO scale in the E.U.

FYI, as far as "HO"; it is universally 1/87 across the globe. The U.K. does not have an equivalent to NEM or NMRA HO scale (they once did, debuting in the 1920's, but it never caught on as it did elsewhere). The closest the U.K. has is "OO" gauge which is larger (1/76.2) than HO and is extremely popular in the UK, but nowhere else. OO and HO track gauges are not compatible (4.0 mm vs. 3.5 mm between the rails).
 

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HO and OO tracks may not be compatable but products like the old Airfix trains (now sold by another company) were HO/OO

Train stuff is screwy !
 

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Thank you everyone.. I broke down purchased a set of 6 for 13bucks. I saw the china N scale but didnt want to buy a 100 and find out I cant use them though it was cheap enough...


Nautilusnut do you have a photo of one of these china figuers in a kit seat to show the scale???
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They've been in stock for several days now.

The Presier figures were the ones I was really thinking of.

Thanks I was lookingthe week before this post and didnt know they were availible. I will be ordering today... :thumbsup:

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Here's a comparison of the 150th figures with the Moebius kit figures.

The first photo is the 100 figures I bought on ebay for 2.25 delivered!

The next photo shows the Moebius figure (looking like Gort the robot) flanked by the 1/50th figures. Though smaller they look fine in the model and are MUCH better posed and detailed.

The last shot is of two figures, a man and a woman (Barbara Eden?) seated.
Notice how the chairs do not look oversized.

Now that I see the photos I'll have to bread out a magnifier to paint them better!
 

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Here's a comparison of the 150th figures with the Moebius kit figures.

The first photo is the 100 figures I bought on ebay for 2.25 delivered!

The next photo shows the Moebius figure (looking like Gort the robot) flanked by the 1/50th figures. Though smaller they look fine in the model and are MUCH better posed and detailed.

The last shot is of two figures, a man and a woman (Barbara Eden?) seated.
Notice how the chairs do not look oversized.

Now that I see the photos I'll have to bread out a magnifier to paint them better!
HAHAHA Gort is right it !! ok Im convinced but I dont need 100.. Seaview was a sub not a cruise liner .... Oh well Ill go for it anyways it is a cheap fix and the figures look right to scale. to fit in my current build





wanted to share my work for a change... dont go to hard on this Im still making changes to the build :cool:

PS Your figures look great just how you painted them .. thanks for the help... :thumbsup:
 

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You may not need 100, but I sure wish I'd had these when I built my "TV" Seaview. The few figures with the kit made the Seaview look undermanned!
Nice thing with the assortment of figures (besides being so darn cheap) is you get a variety of men and women in various dress. Perfect for the "movie" Seaview cast. Look on ebay under "n" scale figures.
 

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...The last shot is of two figures, a man and a woman (Barbara Eden?) seated.
Notice how the chairs do not look oversized...
IMHO the 1/150 figures look too small.

It looks to me like a normal sized guy and his 7 year old daughter are seated in the chairs.

At 1/150 scale, a 6' tall person would be nearly 10" too short for 1/128 scale.
 

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IMHO the 1/150 figures look too small.

It looks to me like a normal sized guy and his 7 year old daughter are seated in the chairs.

At 1/150 scale, a 6' tall person would be nearly 10" too short for 1/128 scale.
I can't argue that they're actually too small. HOWEVER- they look fine in the setting and look far better than the clunky figures provided. (with those ridiculous "abs" sculpted in) We know the actual scale- but to the eye, they look fine.

Sorta reminds me of an old ad for the Volkswagon Beetle. It simply had a nice home with the car parked in front. All the caption said was, "Makes your house look bigger.":lol:
 
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