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miniMo19 Aug 2015 1:34 p.m. PST

I'm starting to gear up to do Roman Seas at 1/600 scale.

Printed out the pdf files for their 1/300 Roman and Carthaginian ships at 50%. They look very pretty!

Ordered a sampling of Skytrex metal models of the types Xyston doesn't make. (A clubmate has a stash of the Xystons buried somewhere, but not found yet, further archaeology will ensue.)

The Skytrex models are tiny compared to the Roman Seas at 1/600. Fortunately a number of them will still work out. The Skytrex Penteconter looks about right. The Large Merchant Ship would match for a Small. The Quadremes match for Biremes. The Sextireme is too short as is to use as a Trireme, but 3 of them could be spliced to make 2 Triremes that match.

I like the size of the 1/600 paper models and don't want to reduce them further.

I'm curious how the Xyston compare. Does anyone have photos showing them with Skytrex and/or Roman Seas models reduced 50% to 1/600?

Personal logo Virtualscratchbuilder Supporting Member of TMP Fezian20 Aug 2015 4:20 p.m. PST

Here is a comparison of a 1/300 five printed out at 50% (nominal 1/600) compared to the same ship in 1/600 from Xyston. As you can see there is considerable difference – so much so that I am rethinking my strategy. The Xyston ships are smaller than I thought they would be and a little disappointing, and I am not sure I want to work any smaller in paper.



miniMo20 Aug 2015 7:34 p.m. PST

Thanks! That looks about the way the Skytrex compares too. I haven't built my 50% reduced paper models yet, have just compared them to the flat deck pieces. I also don't want to reduce them further.

However, I think they still combine well, just using any metal ships in the mix as smaller ratings than as-sold. The Skytrex Quadremes certainly match up well enough against the paper biremes, etc. as I mentioned in the first post. Looks like the same deal goes for Xyston.

Any tips for how you built your paper ones? My current plan is to go on 120# paper, that's the heaviest Staples uses for colour copying.

Plasticviking325 Jan 2017 7:28 a.m. PST

Very nice. Great to see more card/paper ships. I also found out it was tricky to shrink Hotz ships too far. .. Maybe a solid deck/hull with the sides wrapped around ?

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