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thorr66617 Sep 2016 1:50 p.m. PST

Are 54mm figures measured from sole to eye like other size figures? I've never seen an actual 54mm figure in person before.

SaltyDog17 Sep 2016 2:19 p.m. PST

From Roy Dilley's "Beginner's Guide to Military Modelling" 1974…."It is also common practice, to classify models, especially figures, in terms of their actual size, so that, assuming a man is 6 ft in height, and the model representing him is made to a scale of 9mm to the foot, it will have a height of 54mm, and be known as a 54mm figure."
But like the models, people come in varying heights too!

Mako11 Inactive Member17 Sep 2016 2:32 p.m. PST

IIRC, 54mm are either 1/35th or 1/32nd scale figures. Can't recall which now.

rmaker17 Sep 2016 3:08 p.m. PST

Officially, 3/100 just like #1 gauge model railroads. 1/35 and 1/32 are considered "close enough".

But like the models, people come in varying heights too!

Good enough until the introduction of modern standardized weapons. That shoots the whole idea in the head.

Personal logo The Virtual Armchair General Sponsoring Member of TMP17 Sep 2016 5:38 p.m. PST

"Officially," 54mm is 1:32.

At 1:35, a figure is closer to 60mm, which is usually very obviously larger in all proportions. Most folks do not mix 60mm with 54mm in the same units, or commonly in the same collections as the dramatic differences are very like "True 25's" alongside modern "28's."

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Wretched Peasant Scum17 Sep 2016 6:29 p.m. PST

1:35 is smaller than 1:32, so more like 50mm high.

Personal logo John Treadaway Supporting Member of TMP18 Sep 2016 12:41 a.m. PST

Are 54mm figures measured from sole to eye like other size figures?


I don't ever measure figures to their eye, their nose or any other random parts of their anatomy other than the top of their head.

That's just silly…

John T

ThomasG Inactive Member18 Sep 2016 3:30 a.m. PST

I believe that the measurements are from sole to eye, because many miniatues have headresses of varying size, because of this the top of the head is often hidden,

BillyFish18 Sep 2016 5:02 a.m. PST

You go for a medical.

They measure your height.

Do they place the measuring bar on the top of your head, or poke it in your eye?

Hafen von Schlockenberg Supporting Member of TMP18 Sep 2016 9:05 a.m. PST

Depends on whether I'm wearing a shako or grenadier cap.

thorr66618 Sep 2016 9:17 a.m. PST

Does anybody have a picture of a 54mm next to a metric ruler?

Green Tiger Supporting Member of TMP19 Sep 2016 12:57 a.m. PST

Like all miniature figures they vary in height depending who made them.

jowady19 Sep 2016 6:26 a.m. PST

This is why 15, 28, and 54mm are sizes, not scales. 1/32 scale figures (in the modelling world 1/32nd is a common scale for aircraft) figures will be noticeably larger than 1/35th scale (a common size for armor). Even then though you can have variations, Tamiya figures in 1/35th for example are often known for running noticeably smaller than Dragon of ICM or Verlinden although equipment sizes (rifles and other accouterments are generally the same size. BTW, Jericho Smith is correct, 1/35th is smaller than 1/32.

Marc the plastics fan Inactive Member27 Sep 2016 1:19 p.m. PST

So 1/35 based may work well alongside 1/32 tanks unbased

Forper Inactive Member20 Dec 2016 10:13 p.m. PST

jowady said:

"although equipment sizes (rifles and other accouterments are generally the same size."

I use Dragon and Tamiya stuff to build my 54mm forces and not only do Dragon bodies run bigger, their equipment and weapons do too.

I use a mix of Dragon and Tamiya bodies (to represent different sized people, issued different sized uniforms, boots and body armor) but only use Dragon weapons and pouches/packs. Therefore the Tamiya bodies are just smaller guys but still look like they're from the same world/force.

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