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normsmith Inactive Member31 Jul 2016 4:05 p.m. PST

In the UK, HO/OO is plentiful and 'O" harder to get hold of. I have just bought 6ft of 'O' to go with 28's, plus a wagon just as a scenic element, but they seem over-scale to my eye.

I just wondered what others with 28's are using?

Joes Shop Supporting Member of TMP31 Jul 2016 4:19 p.m. PST

The closer scale track would be S Scale (1/64).

Since your in the UK I would go with Peco On30 Track which is O Scale but for Narrow Gauge locomotives and rolling stock (goods wagons).


Peco On30 / 16.5 Track:


What you're looking for is SL-500 Flex Track.

PaddySinclair31 Jul 2016 4:22 p.m. PST

Of the scales/gauges S (1:64 scale) is the best match for 28mm, but you're pretty much talking US outline only, and even then it's rare.

What era/genre are you trying to match the wagons to? UK 0 gauge is 1:43.5 scale, European is 1:45 mostly, and US is 1:48 so theoretically, US outline models will look closer to scale with 28mm, but US stuff won't pass for European or UK in the main;

But you might do better by going for narrow gauge stuff 0e/016.5 which is 0 scale, but uses H0/00 track. So wouldn't look as overscale, especially if what you're after is a generic train type thing.

A whole list of scales and the like here… link

PaddySinclair31 Jul 2016 4:27 p.m. PST

Also the Bachmann (NOT Hornby) Thomas the Tank Engine license range might provide some suitable overscale for H0/00 items but running on H0 track – you'll need to hack the faces off of some things and repaint obviously, but you'll get a decent cross section of UKish locos, wagons et al. Hornby's range is based off of their 00 range so smaller.

Personal logo miniMo Supporting Member of TMP31 Jul 2016 4:35 p.m. PST

Definitely S-scale is the best. O just looks way too wide next to any vehicles.

Mr Elmo31 Jul 2016 4:47 p.m. PST

Don't forget that Soviet guage was 6' compared to 4' 8.5"

normsmith Inactive Member31 Jul 2016 10:22 p.m. PST

Thanks all. The track will mainly go down for WWII city fights, though I would use in for the opening hours of Gettysburg to represent the rail construction at McPherson Ridge. So I would only be using wagons for WWII.

Part of my problem is that I have been using N gage with my 10 /12mm, which is fine, just looks massive by comparison on the same table and I know part of it is that I just need to get used to that, but a sleeper in 'O' gauge is 60mm long, which is getting on close for being twice the size of a 28mm (32mm) figure, How long is a real sleeper, I always thought about 6 – 8 feet but am probably;y wrong.

PaddySinclair01 Aug 2016 2:11 a.m. PST

The most common (UK) size is 8'6" or 2.6m long, by 10" wide for wooden sleepers under bull head rail. Other countries and rail types will vary.

Ewan Hoosami Inactive Member01 Aug 2016 3:46 a.m. PST

Isn't On30 just the same track width as HO?

Joes Shop Supporting Member of TMP01 Aug 2016 4:16 a.m. PST

Yes. Track width is the same. Ties / Base in O Scale.

freerangeegg01 Aug 2016 5:24 a.m. PST

Sarrisa do trains and track designed for 28mm now

normsmith Inactive Member01 Aug 2016 5:59 a.m. PST

Boss link – thanks.

Delta Vee Inactive Member01 Aug 2016 10:12 a.m. PST

and the fact that euro O guage is 1:43, you want US O gauge at 1:48 to get closer to the large "28"mm figs
I had a look at this recently to see if I could get some cheap locos / rolling stock

MajorB01 Aug 2016 11:51 a.m. PST

Just use OO gauge track and call it narrow gauge.

Delta Vee Inactive Member01 Aug 2016 12:03 p.m. PST

the problem there is which narrow gauge? there were lots of variations.

MajorB02 Aug 2016 10:56 a.m. PST

the problem there is which narrow gauge? there were lots of variations.

Does it really matter? FWIW if you assume a nominal scale of 1/56 for 28mm figures, then the 16.5mm gauge of OO track works out at pretty close to 3ft.

Delta Vee Inactive Member02 Aug 2016 1:32 p.m. PST

it depends on what your building I suppose, certain designs only ran on certain railways, double Fairlys would look wrong in other settings, and Garrets ran on some lines but not on a lot of others, ( though you could do one on Australian 3 rail ), to some in the grand scheme of things it wouldn't matter, too others it would be a bigger sin than having early WW2 troops with Panthers, Lowes, centurions etc.

Paint it Pink03 Aug 2016 12:39 p.m. PST

TMP has the answer:

TMP link

Rallynow Supporting Member of TMP12 Aug 2016 2:50 p.m. PST

O scale is what I use for 28mm.

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