1/24 scale sizes for building materials....

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1/24 scale sizes for building materials....

  • Could someone please tell me what some of the scale sizes are for common building materials? I am going to start on a hand-build garage diorama, i was tinking about building a two-car garage with a small side area in it, probably 36' x 18' in scale, but I was wondering what that would be in 1/24th scale. also, what sizes of basswood sticks should I buy for 2x4's? What do you guys reccommend for use for siding, etc.? This will be my first dio project.

    I'm mostly wanting to build my "dream garage" in scale, this will be complete with 2-post lift, a loft area with a fridge, couch, TV, stereo, fully stocked bar, PS-2, etc. Probably a small gathering of people like there always is at my house.

    Also there will be a complete scale replica of my band's equipment.

    Someone putting a motor together, and there was someone on the forum who talked about building a working welder. I would really like to incorporate that, and have a guy welding on, say, a dragster chassis or something.

    this going to take a long time, as I have limited time, money, and I have to buy/scratchbuild all the stuff, and get figures, etc. I have never done figures before, so i'll have to look up a bunch of stuff about that.

    Thanks,
    Peace, Chris Remember When real cars were made of metal and models were made of plastic? Now real cars are plastic and models are metal! "Have any good freakouts lately?"
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  • Ken gave a link for this on your other post... http://www.kapplerusa.com/ go to G scale(it took a bit of searching) The list of available sizes listed the actual size and the scale size...I printed it out for reference, so I could cut my own on the table saw...it listed any of the common sizes you could want to use in a dio...G scale is 1/22.5 close enough for me.
    Also print out this one: http://midwestproducts.com/styrene.htm
    the last page has another chart that is a great reference...Smile,Wink, & Grin
    I am Howard, Jack of all trades,Master of none...current projects: Diorama-->60's gas station, Post WWIII PerriPeekaboo...See my stuff here: http://public.fotki.com/notlezah/ Simple rules. Have you read them? http://www.scaleautomag.com/sca/community/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=7502
  • 1/24th scale figures out to 1/2" = 1 ft. So, 1/4" (actual) would equal 6" in 1/24th; 1/8" would be 3", and so forth. You can actually cut your own scale wood on a table saw (Howard proved that to us) which would save you a bunch of money.
    Keep us posted on your progress.
    Good luck, Chris.....and welcome to the group. Don't be a stranger. You'll pick up some great tips around here.
    Ken Hamilton khamiltonsa@aol.com http://public.fotki.com/khamilton/models/ www.wildharemodels.com
  • oaky, a couple of other questions. I've been looking around for figure sources. they're pretty scarce on ebay. What are some good sources for figures?

    And what about using cut-down popsicle sticks for this stuff? anybody tried that yet?

    I don't have a table saw, all I got is a scroll saw, a mitre box, and some razor saws. If i go with balsa wood, though, the stuff is easy enough to cut with an xacto.
    Peace, Chris Remember When real cars were made of metal and models were made of plastic? Now real cars are plastic and models are metal! "Have any good freakouts lately?"
  • Chris, ken just posted this link on the reference thread: http://www.reynaulds.com/preiser/preiser.html for figures...the assemble and paint yourself variety is not a bad price...
    Johnreid uses popcicle sticks alot...you can get bags and boxes of them at craft stores...
    check the last pages of his "How I Build"thread...
    even if you can't saw up your own wood those two links I mentioned earlier are handy to print out to keep track of the sizes you need...Smile,Wink, & Grin
    I am Howard, Jack of all trades,Master of none...current projects: Diorama-->60's gas station, Post WWIII PerriPeekaboo...See my stuff here: http://public.fotki.com/notlezah/ Simple rules. Have you read them? http://www.scaleautomag.com/sca/community/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=7502
  • Also, check out Ken Hamilton's book. It is full of resources and he is selling and signing them. Makes a great Xmas gift too!
  • another tip use a calculator, full drill bit assortment and obtain a digital dial caliper from a place like harbor frieght... (mine was on special $16.00)

    for 1/24th scale take the true size and convert it by dividing by 24 this will give you the measurement in 1/24th...

    for things under an inch on 1:1 cars like plug wires... which are about a 1/4" as example.. convert the 1/4" measure ment into a decimal prior to the division step... i.i 1/4" = .250" so if 1:1 is 1/4" the 1/24th of that would be .01042" with the last digit rounded upward...

    you achieve that result using a calculator, then take that number and open the jaws of caliper to that specification that will show you size to make the part or make or measure a piece...

    all conversions can be done same way... take the large number of scale and divide it into the other measurement to convert...

    Walt

  • QUOTE: Originally posted by vsuarez666

    Also, check out Ken Hamilton's book. It is full of resources and he is selling and signing them. Makes a great Xmas gift too!


    ........I gotta hire you as my PR guy.
    Ken Hamilton khamiltonsa@aol.com http://public.fotki.com/khamilton/models/ www.wildharemodels.com
  • I use the KISS method for scale conversion. 1mm = 1in. This gives a scale of 1/25.4 which is as close as my eyes can tell for accuracy. I measure the real parts in inches then build the model parts in millimetres. It saves a lot of wear and tear on my old brain cells.
    For 2X4's, I use 1.5mm X 4mm Evergreen strips or 2mm X 4mm basewood strips. If I need a 3" hole I use a 3mm drill bit. I have a set of metric calipers for the fiddley bits.
    Thanks
    Carl

  • Scale measurments are easy to figure out. We know that in 1/24th scale one foot is equal to a 1/2" or .5 So to find out what a scale inch is equal to, divide .5 by 12 and you will get .0416 . Then divide .0416 by 2, 4, 8, or 16 to figure out scale fractions. A machinists tap and drill chart is a handy tool for converting decimals to fractions, they can be found on line by doing a Yahoo search for "tap and drill chart ". Smile

    Jim
    " See the USA in Your Chevrolet "
  • Here is the link for scale calculator:

    http://www.clubhyper.com/reference/calculatorfc_1.htm

    It is a 256kb free download but you can set the scale you wnat and also choose from either decimal or feet and inches. Makes life so easy
    Here's to Hell. May we have as good a time there as we did getting there!
  • hey guys I was going to build my dads old chevron station on day does styrene make good walls? if so where can I get it and how much is it i know all the little things in the shop will add up in$$$
  • if your still looking for some 1/24 scale parts for a dio email me,  i may be able to help

  • If I may speak here on a somewhat  "Non Usually used " item , uh Foamcore ! Yep , use Foamcore to do walls with in 1-24th or 1-25th scale . Look you glue it together with ole White glue ! Thats not convient , try 5 minute epoxy ! The "Foam " edges here need to be treated special though ...... These need to be sealed with either white glue , epoxy or covered by strip styereene. Even then , be careful as to the glue you apply to the styereene as the Foam will melt under the plastic . Now , I saw where someone wanted to do a Chevron Gasoline station . No problem !!!!!!!!! How about a Porcleian Tile overlay ????????

    All ya gots to do is scribe the tiles with a blunt tip pencil !!!! Yess, it's that simple ! You want a concrete finish , no problem once again ! It's called Stone Fleck Paint , avalible from any Michiaels art store . Put the building together , , and apply the Stone Fleck over it and then put some Ole Testors White over it to look like a typical service station from 1932 to the early 60's .

    Here we are BEFORE the Stonefleck ............

    Here we are after the sanstone colored Stonefleck is applied .......

    Now if anyone an I mean anyone here has any questions , please send me an e-mail or a P-M , I'm happy to help . Ed Shaver

    See ya on the road folks

  • I too cut all my wood one my table saw, using the 1/2 = 1"-0