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pbennett
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Posted: Thursday, August 08, 2019 - 09:26 AM UTC
I have a OO-Scale '4MT 2-6-0 Locomotive with Tender', and plan to depict this pulling carriages as a miniature railway attraction (commonly seen in theme parks). The driver and passengers will obviously be in a larger scale. If I were to use 1/24-scale figures, that would result in the locomotive being approximately one-third scale (in real life). Similarly, 1/35-scale figures would result in a half-size locomotive. While I have more chance of finding suitable figures in 1/35 scale, I imagine a more realistic scale for a miniature locomotive would be one-third. Any thoughts?
southpier
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Posted: Thursday, August 08, 2019 - 10:10 AM UTC
i'm biased due to the plethora of military scale figures & accessories, but my vote is for 1:35 scale.

for 1:24 scale, I think things get a little "cartoonish".

another thing to consider:

the larger scale which you model, the more detail needs to be included for the subject to look convincingly - maybe "real" is not the word - so let's start with "plausible."


check out Gn15 and see what you think. guys freely use 1:22.5, 1:24, or 1:25 with equal abandon.

http://www.forum.gn15.info/

more links than you can use await your response!
pbennett
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Posted: Thursday, August 08, 2019 - 10:54 AM UTC
Thanks for the speedy response. Yes, 1/35-scale figures are certainly easier to find, and many of these can be simply converted to suit. I tend to agree with the 'cartoonish' appearance alongside 1/24-scale figures, and there are very few of these around anyway.
The forum you mentioned ... is there a particular part of this where I would find relevant information?
As I mentioned earlier, using 1/35-scale figures would put the locomotive at approximately half-size ... feasible? I modify the tender to create a seat for the driver, and convert OO-Scale mineral wagons into open-top passenger carriages without any problem.

Paul
southpier
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Posted: Thursday, August 08, 2019 - 01:56 PM UTC
well . . . . the Gnatterbox forum is much less lively than it was 5 years ago. I don't know why, but would tend to believe someone if they said "us modelers are a fickle lot!"

you might get some good information in this forum - I think you might need to join to see the good stuff:

http://ngrm-online.com/forums/index.php

and here, too:

http://www.7-8ths.info/index.php?board=79.0

JPTRR
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RAILROAD MODELING
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Posted: Thursday, August 08, 2019 - 02:22 PM UTC
Maybe not cartoonish - consider F Scale: http://www.cumberlandmodelengineering.com/
barkingdigger
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Posted: Thursday, August 08, 2019 - 09:59 PM UTC
Look up the Romney, Hythe, & Dymchurch railway - it's a real, timetabled railway on the Kent coast that happens to run either 1/3 or 1/4 scale locos! The driver sits in what should be the coal bunker of the tender, so there is minimal alteration to the scale look of the loco cab.

I think 1:24 would give lots more scope for "civilian" figures than 1:35, where the only non-military sets tend to be European homeless peasants.
southpier
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Posted: Thursday, August 08, 2019 - 10:24 PM UTC
or simply make your own scale: http://dampfpanzerwagon.blogspot.com/2019/08/an-industrial-narrow-gauge-adventure_8.html