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Lancer5823 Nov 2016 3:56 p.m. PST

Looking for 1/300 to 1/500 coastal ie E boat MTB small merchant ships, anyone got any ideas, cant seem to find anything, and new to Naval.
Help appreciated

Personal logo David Manley Supporting Member of TMP23 Nov 2016 4:29 p.m. PST

Navwar used to do a few in 1/300

Mako1123 Nov 2016 4:46 p.m. PST

Yea, H&R make them in 1/300t scale.

No merchants though.

daveshoe23 Nov 2016 5:12 p.m. PST

Heroics and Ros have 1/300 scale Vosper, Fairmile Ds, late-war S-boats, and U.S. PT boats. But no merchants in that scale. I haven't seen them, so I can't speak to their quality.

You might be able to find something on Shapeways too.

Mako1123 Nov 2016 7:45 p.m. PST

They're decent enough.

Not display model quality, but the overall shapes and proportions are about right.

You can add more detailing to them, as desired.

Wish they'd produce crew figures for them. May need to bug them again about that.

Many people use 1/600th scale vessels instead, for Coastal Forces gaming, so there's more maneuvering room on the tabletop.

Personal logo Schulein Supporting Member of TMP23 Nov 2016 10:41 p.m. PST

Indeed 1:600 is available, and there is also the 1:700 crew that can be used. Prepainted photo etched metal flats.

Personal logo Yellow Admiral Supporting Member of TMP24 Nov 2016 12:03 a.m. PST

I third the recommendation to look at 1/600 and/or 1/700. There's a lot of 1/600 coastal forces stuff from sources like PT Dockyard and Heroics & Ros, plus there is an ever growing assortment of 1/600 equipment, troops, buildings and aircraft made for land and air gaming that can be adapted to shoreline use.

If you don't mind the scale being off just a bit there is an endless stream of 1/700 plastic models to add. Large ships and aircraft can be off-scale by a bit without seeming weird.

- Ix

Lancer5824 Nov 2016 2:32 a.m. PST

Ok guys thanks for your help, consensus seems to be 1/600 is the route to take, so just ordered a couple of Heroics so we can have a look, because my mindset is just used to 28mm 15mm etc cant get my head around what a 1/600 looks like. 6 answers in one night, looks like naval is more popular than I thought, so my next question is going to be what rule set for a group of novices, for coastal. Once again thankyou for your help.

Personal logo Yellow Admiral Supporting Member of TMP24 Nov 2016 8:14 a.m. PST

28mm, 15mm, et al are not really "scales", just measurements of figure height. The 1/600 equivalent is 3mm.

The nice thing about a scale statement like "1/600" (or 1/1200, 1/2400, 1/3000, etc.) is that you can figure out how big a miniature should be based on the measurements of the real life item. In 1/600 scale, 1"=600"(50 ft.), so most MTBs and MGBs should be around 1.5" long (some shorter, some longer), destroyer escorts in the 5"-6" range, and cargo ships probably varying in the 4"-8" range. A WWII battleship would be around 16" long, though actual models on the market are more likely to be in 1/700 scale, so about 13.5" long. You can see some size comparisons in the photos of the Channel Dash game run by daveshoe earlier this year.

- Ix

Lancer5824 Nov 2016 9:03 a.m. PST

Thanks for that Yellow Admiral, picturing 3mm is easier for me. That channel dash game looks pretty damned impressive

TunnelRat05 Jan 2017 6:43 a.m. PST

For rules, anything by David Manley generally plays well, as well as others. There are a number of rulesets available, some free.

Have a look at the following:




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