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Personal logo Bashytubits Supporting Member of TMP02 Jan 2017 11:25 a.m. PST

I have been dabbling and experimenting with my 3d printer and am curious as to what scales people really look for vehicles in. Thanks for any input TMPers!

Personal logo D6 Junkie Supporting Member of TMP02 Jan 2017 11:31 a.m. PST

When looking for large numbers, it's usually 15mm/ yeah I know that's not a scale.

Frederick Supporting Member of TMP02 Jan 2017 11:36 a.m. PST

Well, for me it is 1:285 (6mm) for my big hub-to-hub WWII games

gunnerphil02 Jan 2017 11:51 a.m. PST

I know nothing about 3d printing, so how hard is it to rescale things? Could you not do same vehicle in say 1\300, 1\100 1\76?

That way cover lots of bases

zoneofcontrol02 Jan 2017 12:32 p.m. PST

15mm scale or 1:100 size

Personal logo Bashytubits Supporting Member of TMP02 Jan 2017 12:41 p.m. PST

Yes you can re-scale models but I am looking for data on what scale people really prefer so I can make something that can be photographed to show people what the quality is like.

jekinder602 Jan 2017 12:47 p.m. PST

1/ 285 or 6mm for me.

The Wargames Room02 Jan 2017 12:48 p.m. PST


Lion in the Stars02 Jan 2017 1:11 p.m. PST

@Gunner Phil: The problem is that you get into minimum detail sizes pretty quickly. 28mm (1/56ish) and 20mm (1/72 or 1/76) can pretty easily rescale. Maybe even down to 1/87 without trouble.

15mm (~1/100 scale) starts to get problematic, often requires a new 3d model. You can sometimes scale 1/144 scale up to 1/100 without trouble, but scaling down causes problems.

1/285 and/or 1/300 re-scale just fine.

Personally, I game almost everything in 15mm, with 1/100 vehicles.

Andy ONeill02 Jan 2017 1:34 p.m. PST

1:72 or 1:76

Fire at Will02 Jan 2017 1:38 p.m. PST

ditto 1/72 or 1/76

gunnerphil02 Jan 2017 1:50 p.m. PST

@Lion in the Stars. Thank you for that. Explains a lot.

Good name by the way.

And in answer to original question 15mm 1\100 for me.

Personal logo Coyotepunc and Hatshepsuut Supporting Member of TMP02 Jan 2017 2:06 p.m. PST

1/56 for land, sea, and air vehicles. 1/4000 for spaceships.

thorr666 Inactive Member02 Jan 2017 2:39 p.m. PST

There's almost nothing in 1/56 except a few tank kits

cloudcaptain02 Jan 2017 2:58 p.m. PST

another for 1/72 or 1/76

Patrick Sexton Supporting Member of TMP02 Jan 2017 3:15 p.m. PST

1/56 and 1/100.

11th ACR02 Jan 2017 3:57 p.m. PST

1:285 (6mm)

Mako11 Inactive Member02 Jan 2017 6:54 p.m. PST


Need the MBT-70, amongst others I recently listed as needed in this scale, in a separate posting, a few days ago.

Lion in the Stars02 Jan 2017 7:59 p.m. PST

@Bashytubits: If you have a high-resolution printer at home, you might be able to 3d print your masters and then resincast the finished product.

BigNickR02 Jan 2017 10:03 p.m. PST

1:56 or 1:48

UshCha03 Jan 2017 2:26 a.m. PST

OK so nowadays it's 1:144.

However you cannot scale a CADDS model between scales as it were. At least not simply. The problem is regardless of model scale there is a minimum printable size (typicaly about 1 mm), So for instance track thickness cannot go below 1mm. Build a 1/3 model with 1mm tracks scale it up to 1/72 and it looks daft. Siumilarly a 1/72 model will not scle to 1/300 it would be unprintable.

Even 1/144 to 1/56 shows some degradation.

If you had Pro E it would be possible but the cost of the software is well beyond the profit margin and its not easy designing parametric models.

Texas Jack03 Jan 2017 3:40 a.m. PST

1/72 for me. Your earlier stuff looked great, I am curious at what you come up with now!

deephorse03 Jan 2017 4:34 a.m. PST


Durban Gamer03 Jan 2017 4:38 a.m. PST

A vote for 1/300 scale models that fill the gaps left by Heroics & Ros and Scotia.

Andoreth03 Jan 2017 4:38 a.m. PST

1/100 for vehicles and helicopters which have to land, 1/144 for aircraft and helicopter gunships.

redbanner414503 Jan 2017 8:29 a.m. PST


Chuckaroobob03 Jan 2017 9:14 a.m. PST

1:56 and 1:100

BeneathALeadMountain Inactive Member03 Jan 2017 9:32 a.m. PST


Personal logo miniMo Supporting Member of TMP03 Jan 2017 9:42 a.m. PST

I have WW2 vehicles in 4 different scales:

1/87 — my favourite, not a lot of wargamers use this, but HO scale is one of the most popular for model railroading. Still have a large stash of Heiser resin kits in the resin mountain, so have not gone looking for 3D prints in this myself.

1/100 — this is the scale I have been buying 3D prints for. Arctic Skunk on Shapeways has helped me fill in a lot of obscuritées.

1/56 — way too pricey in 3D prints for my budget.

1/285 — I only got into that as a scale of convenience because the club was doing it. But, if I ever went back to it, 3D prints would certainly be affordable.

To the question of what would show better, I would say 1/100 or 1/72 would be the best choices.

Thomas Thomas Supporting Member of TMP03 Jan 2017 10:15 a.m. PST

1/72 (or 20mm)


Gaz004503 Jan 2017 11:08 a.m. PST

I'll umpteenth the call for 1/72……. especially vehicles not available elsewhere……a commercial decision would lean towards 1/100 (15mm) especially a T64 looking at the clamouring amongst the Team Yankee crowd.

Personal logo Blackhorse MP Supporting Member of TMP03 Jan 2017 12:13 p.m. PST

Another vote for 1/100.

Princeps Namque03 Jan 2017 1:53 p.m. PST


Personal logo Lost Wolf Supporting Member of TMP03 Jan 2017 4:01 p.m. PST

1/48 or 1/43

Apache 603 Jan 2017 6:52 p.m. PST

1/72 or 1/76.

Rod I Robertson Supporting Member of TMP Inactive Member03 Jan 2017 9:25 p.m. PST

1/100 or 1/285 for me.

Cheers and good gaming.
Rod Robertson

Forager Supporting Member of TMP04 Jan 2017 3:38 p.m. PST

1/48 for me

Personal logo Dances with Clydesdales Supporting Member of TMP04 Jan 2017 5:23 p.m. PST


Recovered 1AO Inactive Member05 Jan 2017 7:06 a.m. PST

Vehicles? Other than aircraft (3mm/1:600) I think it depends.

Most land vehicles I buy (6mm/1:300) for combined arms action; for skirmish/small battles I would need APC/trucks to haul infantry around in 15/18 mm – whatever scale that is; maybe horse drawn wagons for legacy 25mm Fantasy.

What few naval ships I have I use 1:6k models.

beingshort128 Feb 2017 9:20 a.m. PST

anything in 15mm/1:100, 6mm/1:285, and some aircraft in 1:144 would be nice

donlowry28 Feb 2017 10:13 a.m. PST


jah1956 Inactive Member28 Feb 2017 2:31 p.m. PST

Sorry they make wargame stuff in scales other than 1/72 1/76 20mm you learn something new every day

Joez66 Inactive Member03 Apr 2017 7:27 a.m. PST

If you want to entertain the idea of printing larger scales for masters and then have them done in cast resin for production, contact me at :
Us103_z_man AT yahoo DOT com.

It is both far faster and more economical this way.


Bindon Blood03 Apr 2017 1:09 p.m. PST

1/72 or 1/76

potentially 1/56…depending on cost and if it is a 'one off must have'

Marc at work04 Apr 2017 5:24 a.m. PST


The only true scale for WW2 combined arms grin

4th Cuirassier05 Apr 2017 4:01 a.m. PST

1/32..the only scale for correctly proportioned human figures.

Marc at work05 Apr 2017 7:05 a.m. PST

oooh – good point 4th. I have some 54s lurking waiting for an opportunity of a game

huevans01105 Apr 2017 3:08 p.m. PST


Fonzie05 Apr 2017 9:46 p.m. PST


SGT Yuengling06 Apr 2017 9:49 a.m. PST

1/56 mainly, so all of mine are similar size, light weight. Plastic now preferred.

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