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willc453
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Posted: Friday, June 09, 2017 - 08:33 AM UTC
Getting back into modeling after 15 years or so, but going for 1/35th scale zombie/apocalypse type dioramas. Until recently, ALL the figures in my stash were Tamiya. Bought Master Boxes French Resistance because the people are civilians and there's a woman included.

But when I assembled her, something was wrong....she was too tall. Thought it was my imagination, but it really showed when I compared her to a completed Tamiya figure.
Compared to him, she looks about 7' tall.

Checked a Youtube review on the kit and mentioned this to the poster who replied that all(?!) Tamiya figures are too short for true 1/35th scale. You can use them with 1/35th scale kits, but can't mix them with other manufacturers figures because of the size difference.

Took my 1/35th scale ruler and measured 3 figures: Master Boxes woman, Tamiya's G.I. and what I think is an Italeri German. The woman's about the same height as the Italeri figure, but believe the fault is mine in not having her legs all the way up her dress.

Has anyone ever checked Tamiya's figures with a scale ruler and are they all going to be to short to use as adults? But if they're all too short, I can use them as teenagers. Just want to know before I buy any.
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Posted: Friday, June 09, 2017 - 09:05 AM UTC
A number of figures in a diorama should never be allowed to reflect the true variety that exists in human size. The young lady kn question just happens to be Taylor Swift (5'11") as opposed to Natalie Portman (5'3")

Tamiya figures run around 5'4 to 5'6. Dragon figures run 6'. Old Verlinden figures were over 6' in 1/35.

If I were to duplicate my tank crew I'd have to find a 1/32 figure for one tank commander who was an iron worker over 6 feet tall and an under sized Tamiya for the driver who was barely 5'2".
willc453
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Posted: Friday, June 09, 2017 - 09:21 AM UTC
Thanks, as I always thought ALL (male) figures were based being 6' tall for some reason. After your reply did some checking and average height of a U.S. G.I. was 5'8". Which got me to thinking of my Dad because I'm only 5'10" and I'm several inches taller than him.
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Posted: Thursday, August 17, 2017 - 08:26 PM UTC

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Thanks, as I always thought ALL (male) figures were based being 6' tall for some reason. After your reply did some checking and average height of a U.S. G.I. was 5'8". Which got me to thinking of my Dad because I'm only 5'10" and I'm several inches taller than him.



I'm 6'4" and around 250 lbs, in 1/35th I would be a tad over 55 mm tall (2" 5/16ths), boots would add 0.5 mm. My father, born 1918, was 6'2" and my brother is very close to 6'7"
We would look out of scale in most dioramas, as a matter of fact I feel a bit out of scale in real life too ...
I see a lot of top of heads though

I actually cut a section of sprue to the correct height so that I could stand "myself" next to the models I build to get some perspective on things.
/ Robin
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Posted: Saturday, August 19, 2017 - 05:57 PM UTC

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Thanks, as I always thought ALL (male) figures were based being 6' tall for some reason. After your reply did some checking and average height of a U.S. G.I. was 5'8". Which got me to thinking of my Dad because I'm only 5'10" and I'm several inches taller than him.



I'm 6'4" and around 250 lbs, in 1/35th I would be a tad over 55 mm tall (2" 5/16ths), boots would add 0.5 mm. My father, born 1918, was 6'2" and my brother is very close to 6'7"
We would look out of scale in most dioramas, as a matter of fact I feel a bit out of scale in real life too ...
I see a lot of top of heads though

I actually cut a section of sprue to the correct height so that I could stand "myself" next to the models I build to get some perspective on things.
/ Robin



Any 'Vikings' in the family?
I went round and round , two jobs back with a Tall 6' 5 " Norway guy, telling him that Vikings had horns on their helmets.
Boy he was unglued over that.
Never a dull moment , between me and Bernie.
And I am only 5 ' 9".
Cheers

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Posted: Saturday, August 19, 2017 - 06:57 PM UTC
According to some research the US Army did back in '02 the average soldier was 70" (178cm). The average Special Forces soldier at that time was only 68.5" (174cm).
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Posted: Sunday, August 20, 2017 - 01:58 AM UTC

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Thanks, as I always thought ALL (male) figures were based being 6' tall for some reason. After your reply did some checking and average height of a U.S. G.I. was 5'8". Which got me to thinking of my Dad because I'm only 5'10" and I'm several inches taller than him.



I'm 6'4" and around 250 lbs, in 1/35th I would be a tad over 55 mm tall (2" 5/16ths), boots would add 0.5 mm. My father, born 1918, was 6'2" and my brother is very close to 6'7"
We would look out of scale in most dioramas, as a matter of fact I feel a bit out of scale in real life too ...
I see a lot of top of heads though

I actually cut a section of sprue to the correct height so that I could stand "myself" next to the models I build to get some perspective on things.
/ Robin



Any 'Vikings' in the family?
I went round and round , two jobs back with a Tall 6' 5 " Norway guy, telling him that Vikings had horns on their helmets.
Boy he was unglued over that.
Never a dull moment , between me and Bernie.
And I am only 5 ' 9".
Cheers




No vikings in the family, not to my knowledge at least.
No horns on my helmet either
Getting people unglued can be really amusing.
My dad had two cousins who carried a Ford V8 engine (from a 1930's car) between them. They had bought a broken down/scrapped Ford to get the axles to build a horse drawn wagon. When the engine had been lifted out the cousins picked up either end and walked the 50 yards to the shed.
There must have been a few drops of troll genes in those guys ...

/ Robin
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Posted: Wednesday, August 23, 2017 - 04:53 PM UTC

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Thanks, as I always thought ALL (male) figures were based being 6' tall for some reason. After your reply did some checking and average height of a U.S. G.I. was 5'8". Which got me to thinking of my Dad because I'm only 5'10" and I'm several inches taller than him.



I'm 6'4" and around 250 lbs, in 1/35th I would be a tad over 55 mm tall (2" 5/16ths), boots would add 0.5 mm. My father, born 1918, was 6'2" and my brother is very close to 6'7"
We would look out of scale in most dioramas, as a matter of fact I feel a bit out of scale in real life too ...
I see a lot of top of heads though

I actually cut a section of sprue to the correct height so that I could stand "myself" next to the models I build to get some perspective on things.
/ Robin



Any 'Vikings' in the family?
I went round and round , two jobs back with a Tall 6' 5 " Norway guy, telling him that Vikings had horns on their helmets.
Boy he was unglued over that.
Never a dull moment , between me and Bernie.
And I am only 5 ' 9".
Cheers




No vikings in the family, not to my knowledge at least.
No horns on my helmet either
Getting people unglued can be really amusing.
My dad had two cousins who carried a Ford V8 engine (from a 1930's car) between them. They had bought a broken down/scrapped Ford to get the axles to build a horse drawn wagon. When the engine had been lifted out the cousins picked up either end and walked the 50 yards to the shed.
There must have been a few drops of troll genes in those guys ...

/ Robin



Good read Robin.
Those older engines were heavy so maybe right.
So no ' Horns' you say?

Cheers