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Peter Brown 2017/03/2020 10:44:12
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I want to add a couple of figures to my 30inch Fireboat and hopefully someone can point me in the right direction and advise what scale I would need. Thanks

ashley needham17/03/2020 13:35:02
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Hi Peter aNd welcome to the forum.

Two choices...either find out what sort of length the original was and work out the scale of your boat, or make some card figures to mount on the boat until you get the right look.

make the card figures to commercially available sizes so that you can buy some figures of a similar size. Charity shops have, er, fireman Sam figures usually, which come in different sizes to compare, for instance.

Ashley

Ray Wood 217/03/2020 14:57:24
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Hi Peter,

Where has the fire boat come from? Is it one of the well know kits or a plan build ?? a photo is always a great help 😀

Regards Ray

Peter Brown 2017/03/2020 15:46:37
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Image attached.

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Dave Milbourn17/03/2020 16:55:55
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This SLEC kit of the same boat is 34.5", or 1/16 scale RAF Crash Tender. If your model is 30" long then that's approx 1/18 scale. That said, no crew members will be exactly the same height and/or a standard 6ft tall so a slight variation would probably pass muster. For example, the Bruder 1/14 scale figures in my 1/16 scale models look fine. Bruder figure

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Edited By Dave Milbourn on 17/03/2020 17:01:46

Ray Wood 217/03/2020 16:57:47
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Hi Peter,

Assuming your Fire Float is the 34" version, it's around 1/18th scale as the original fullsize boats were 46ft long

So your 6ft fireman needs to be 4 1/2" tall, as Ashley says charity shops if your lucky to fine Doctor Who figures?

DM beat me to it

Regards Ray

Edited By Ray Wood 2 on 17/03/2020 16:59:22

ashley needham17/03/2020 17:02:38
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100mm or 4 inch figures are very common, it is almost the ‘standard’ size for the smaller action figures. No problem finding articulated ones, and the helmets would be easily converted to fireman’s types.

Ashley

Colin Bishop17/03/2020 17:26:19
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The Bruder figures are listed as 1:16th

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Dave Milbourn17/03/2020 18:01:51
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Posted by Colin Bishop on 17/03/2020 17:26:19:

The Bruder figures are listed as 1:16th

Colin

I wonder where I got the 1/14 from, then... No matter, really.

At least I'm still [just] young enough to be allowed out on the streets to do my shopping!

DM

Dave Cooper 618/03/2020 11:08:46
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An interesting scale issue this one: I always thought these 'fire' launches were around 60-70 feet in length....ie about the same length as the ASR launches based on British Power Boats and Vosper Thornycroft designs. (My Dad skippered one in WW2...).

My own little effort is 16" length and 1/48 Revell Airmen when held up against the wheelhouse door looked just bang on. Maybe my cabin is 'not quite right' but, as it's just fun scale, I tend to go on whether it just "looks right".

On the other hand, I know men who are 4' 8" tall and others who are nearly 7 feet ! What do we do with scale here ?

Dave

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