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Richard Simpson24/09/2021 22:25:10
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Mark, If it is a model of a real vessel then you can work out the scale by proportion of the real length to the model length. If it is a purely hypothetical vessel then your best bet is to measure the height of a doorway and buy figures that will look appropriate with that.

As you say quite rightly the most important aspect is that it looks right.

Mark Green 125/09/2021 21:09:03
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It is completely hypothetical. Was an old scratch built push tug. But the original superstructure had a door that was only about shoulder height of the figures on the deck. So rebuilding the superstructure so it looks more into scale and by making bigger it has been helpful as can increase opening through the deck.

Malcolm Frary26/09/2021 09:01:27
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Another check is the height of railings. These should come about half way up any figures. Doorways on work boats are not always a reliable guide.

Richard Simpson26/09/2021 12:21:09
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I don't think anything is guaranteed, you only have your own common sense to fall back on. I was looking at a lovely scratch built model only a couple of days ago where the handrails were taller than the lifeboats. You may have to consider a number of things and compromise.

ashley needham26/09/2021 15:47:21
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Richard is of course right in that the figures have to look right, but a bit of cheating can even things up. LIKE putting figures next to something they ARE in scale with, and keeping them away from (for instance) doors if the figures were either a bit tall, or short for the doors.

Without rereading the posts (as I a typing!) I would sooner see figures on a vesselimg_0515.jpg rather than not.

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