Question on Rail Scale

Discussion in 'Ship & Watercraft Models' started by jnyoun, May 8, 2007.

  1. jnyoun

    jnyoun Member

    Apr 19, 2007
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    I purchased laser-cut 1/200 rails. They look fantastic. However, I am a little bit confusing on scaling of the rails.

    My question is:

    Do I have to use 1/200 scale rails on every 1/200 scale ships regardless of the actual size of the ship?

    For example, 'USS arizona of 1/200' has the 'length of 130 cm' while the length of 'HMS onslow' is about 50 cm. Intuitively, I think the rails should have the same size in those two ships. However, if the rail size are same, I am afraid that the rails in 'USS arizona' may look too SMALL compared to that of 'HMS onslow', or the rails in 'HMS onslow' look too large compared to that of 'USS arizona'.

    What's the right way to choose the scale of rails given a specific ship?


  2. Bernhard

    Bernhard Member

    Jan 27, 2004
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    The size of 1/200 railings ought to be correct for all 1/200 models, regardless whether it is a battleship or a destroyer escort. Rather than worrying that the railings look too small on the Arizona, be glad that it emphasizes how truely gigantic those battleships really were. Another good way to provide a sense of scale is to place a human figure on the model.

  3. Mark_1984

    Mark_1984 Guest

    Railings are always roughly the same height regardless of the size of ship, so I agree with Bernhard.
  4. Dave Treby

    Dave Treby Member

    Mar 8, 2005
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    I've often wondered how much the height of ships' railings varies. The 1/250 etched brass ones I normally use look a bit large, but scale up to a height of about 1.3m.
    The templates on David Hathaway's Paper Shipwright models are usually about 4-4.5 mm high, equivalent to about 1m. but perhaps that's because they tend to be older prototypes.
    Has anyone easy access to ships and can measure the things?