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Slappy Supporting Member of TMP Inactive Member18 Mar 2017 6:06 p.m. PST

I think these are 10mm but not sure. Would love the help – underside says made in W Germany.


Personal logo Extra Crispy Sponsoring Member of TMP18 Mar 2017 10:26 p.m. PST

Those look to be 1/200. PzIV is 590 cm long. Yours is 30. So 1/196 scale.

Slappy Supporting Member of TMP Inactive Member18 Mar 2017 11:00 p.m. PST

So 10mm, any idea on manufacture?

Oh and thankyou Mr Crispy

steamingdave4719 Mar 2017 2:14 a.m. PST

@Slappy, that's not "10mm" by any of the usual conventions, more like "8.5mm". They would look ridiculous alongside Pendraken's "10 mm" tanks, but would be fine against the Skytrex range, which are 1/200.
Most "10mm" ranges scale out around 1/160, with "scale creep" moving it to around 1/150 for many modern ranges. It would be good if wargames manufacturers got into the habit of describing figures, vehicles etc by the scale.
Can't help you on the manufacturer, but they are nice little models.

Andy ONeill19 Mar 2017 4:05 a.m. PST

I only know of Skytrex making 1:200. I bought some many moons ago. Maybe they updated the range since then, the pics on the website look a lot better than I recall the models I got.

I think you should take a look at manufacturers which do 1:160 or so. Pendraken, minifigs etc.
They will not be compatible with 1:200 stuff like you have there, but there will be loads more stuff available.

steamingdave4719 Mar 2017 4:22 a.m. PST

@Andy ONeill: whilst I would agree with your general recommendation to go for "1:160" ranges, some caution is necessary when purchasing vehicles from different manufacturers. A Pendraken version of a particular tank is significantly smaller than the same tank manufactured by Minifigs or Arrowhead (formerly Wargames South). The latter two are closer to 1:144, sometimes referred to as "12mm". I use them with the various Japanese plastic models. I think Pendraken now claim theirs are 1:150, which is very close to British N gauge model railway scale. Madaxeman's blog is helpful in comparing sizes of different ranges of "10mm".

wargamer619 Mar 2017 5:34 a.m. PST

I agree, these look to be about 1/200 scale but as they appear to be plastic and made in Germany they are not Skytrex , they are probably some gaming pieces. As I understand it, Pendraken now makes new models in 1/150 scale although some of the older ones are 1/160 and are now being replaced . Minifigs ranges vary between 1/160 to 1/150 depending on the model and Arrowhead are constant 1/144 scale. It is interesting to note that nobody has mentioned Pithead 1/150 scale models, a curious ommission as the company makes the biggest range of WW2 models available in this scale.

martin goddard Sponsoring Member of TMP19 Mar 2017 7:46 a.m. PST

Possibly MERCATOR , of which i have a box of.

Slappy Supporting Member of TMP Inactive Member19 Mar 2017 1:30 p.m. PST

The are metal and the made it in Germany and made in W Germany is curious. So perhaps skytrex? As I have s significant amount of them and would like allied tanks and infantry.

Leadgend21 Mar 2017 12:00 a.m. PST

This ebay listing of Mercator figures has a Panther that looks that same as yours: auction

Skytrex currently has the rights to Mercators 1:200 range but their current models look different. Presumably they got remastered some time in the past 20 odd years.

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