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Posted by: Undertaker2480 Oct 14 2015, 03:27 PM
Hey guys...have really enjoyed scrolling through the builds on this sight. Awesome talent! I am getting ready to wade back into model building after several years of being away, and am wanting to try my hand at a diorama...one of those "forever dioramas", that never seem to get done, with the tinkering and detailing. My question is this: I have been playing on Google all afternoon and have found dollhouse items I think will work great for the diorama I have in mind. But apparently dollhouse accessories come in several different scales. I see one scale that is pretty previlant, and, according to the sights is what I am looking for. I am terrible at conversions so, my (newbie...don't hang me!) question is: is the 1/2" scale items they show the same as 1/24 scale? According to the sights that I search on, it says it is. Some of these items are prety expensive, and I didn't want to invest a lot in the first order to find out they are way too large for what I'm using. Thanks in advance y'all!

Posted by: Lefturns75 Oct 14 2015, 06:04 PM
Under, some of the doll house items work ok but try looking at the model train stuff in "G" scale. Also don't forget to check the bay in resin parts and you will also find some good items. Check Woodland Scenics.com for all kinds of items to help with your diorama.

Posted by: Undertaker2480 Oct 14 2015, 07:49 PM
Thanks Lefty! I'm a "converted" (or, I guess in my case, a REverted) model railroader, and I've seen some great stuff for G scale models that I can most definitely use. There's just a thing or three that I can't find in traditional model railroad stores or sites, but Google kept directing me to dollhouse furniture sites. They have some pretty neat things, and I just wanted to make sure what they are calling 1/2" scale coincides with 1/24 & 1/25 models.

Posted by: wisdonm Oct 14 2015, 09:11 PM
1/2" = 1 foot is definitely 1/24, 1:24 scale.

Posted by: Undertaker2480 Oct 15 2015, 06:35 AM
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Posted by: Dr Kerry Oct 15 2015, 05:30 PM
Welcome back to the hobby, can't wait to see your builds!!!!

Posted by: Undertaker2480 Oct 20 2015, 09:51 AM
Content_2.gif Thanks, Doc! Looking forward to getting back into it! Hopefully will start getting some things up here before long!

Posted by: Dr Kerry Oct 20 2015, 02:20 PM
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Posted by: Brian Conn Jan 11 2016, 08:57 PM
......Purchased a really neat modeling book today from the LHS ......despite being published in 1978, the book is full of great advise and how to's that I intend to use..... as it so happens there is a chapter that speaks on the subject of this thread. The 1/12 scale doll house furnishings and etc. that are the smaller detailed items can be used in a 1/25 diorama or even a kit build as the book uses the interior of a 1/25 70's custom van as an example of 12th scale doll house furnishings being used to finish out the interior.

Posted by: skeeter Jan 13 2016, 10:00 PM
Here is a modeling site that has a great scale calculator that I use often. The calculator is found at bottom of page. It does not take to long to figure out how to use it.

http://www.scalemotorcars.com/forum/private.php

Skeeter

Posted by: wisdonm Jan 13 2016, 10:52 PM
No calculator is really needed. I use a metric ruler. 1mm (scale) = 1 inch (in 1:1). Therefore 6mm = 6 inches, 80mm = 80 inches. Works out to 1:25.4. Close enough for hand grenades. pensif_28.gif

Posted by: Brian Conn Jan 14 2016, 08:01 AM
....The OP was questioning whether 1/12 doll furniture would work in a 1/25 scale diorama so the 1 mm. to 1" ratio does not work. Take for an example a 1/12th scale doll house compared to a 1/12 scale car.....proportionately the car would be huge sitting aside the doll house where as a 1/25 scale car would be proportionately correct sitting next to the house.
The doll house/furniture scale as it relates to model building scales is rather confusing to me as well. 07744152.gif

Posted by: Lefturns75 Jan 14 2016, 10:15 PM
Undertaker, look up Modeljunkyard on Youtube and Modeljunkyard.com and you should find just about any answer to what you are trying to do.

Posted by: Brian Conn Jan 15 2016, 08:40 PM
QUOTE (Lefturns75 @ Jan 14 2016, 10:15 PM)
Undertaker, look up Modeljunkyard on Youtube and Modeljunkyard.com and you should find just about any answer to what you are trying to do.

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Posted by: Undertaker2480 Jan 16 2016, 10:46 AM
Brian, the whole 1/12 scale dollhouse VS 1/12 scale car was what was throwing me off as well. That was exactly the problem I was hoping to resolve.

And Lefty, yes, since this posting, I have found modeljunkyard.com and have been reading their posts. Thanks for the recommendation!

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