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08 Jun 2017 12:02 p.m. PST
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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP23 Mar 2017 7:57 p.m. PST


WE'RE HUGE FANS OF CONSTANT SCALE MODELLING. It's the only way to be able to accurately compare different subjects…"

See here


Coyotepunc and Hatshepsuut23 Mar 2017 8:47 p.m. PST

I didn't read the article. But I will say that when I started making the patterns for a 1/4000 papercraft Narada to go with the rest of my Star Trek stuff, it turned out to be over five feet long.

To get the vertical spine onto one sheet of cardstock, I had to reduce it to 1/38,000 scale.

And that is why we can't have Star Trek models all in the same scale.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP23 Mar 2017 9:07 p.m. PST

Don't miss the trailer my friend… (smile)


Allen5724 Mar 2017 6:55 a.m. PST

Starship sizes as offered by the various storylines are absurd. Suspension of disbelief is insufficient to allow me to accept ships so large. I once read a story where planets might have 1 or 2 starships because the cost of building and maintaining them was just too much for the planetary economy. The ships of the Star Trek and Star Wars universes are completely out of hand and could not be supported.

Garand24 Mar 2017 6:58 a.m. PST

The problem with Trek (and a lot of franchises, frankly) is the bigger, the better, the more the stakes. You couldn't have the Ent E being smaller than the D…it had to be BIGGER. So Trek has had (since nextgen) a real size bloat in its ships, with some exceptions. When I model Trek I ONLY do TOS/Movie ships in 1/1000, and if ever I do NextGen it will probably be in 1/2500 scale (I have an Ent D in my stash unbuilt at this scale). Now if only a lot of the classic Trek models were actually done at constant scale…


Allen5724 Mar 2017 7:35 a.m. PST

IIRC some time back in the 70s the real world US Navy reclassified its ships. This was in part due to changes in weapon suites but also due to the changing size of ships. Due to tech changes the Enterprise E could be smaller than the D but that is no fun. We have not reached the point where there are starships the size of planets yet except perhaps for the original death star and whatever they call the huge death ray in the newest Star Wars movie. I did read another SF story in which it was discovered that our moon was in fact a giant starship. Starships are not the only place you sometimes see absurdly large vehicles. Ogre and the Berserkers spring to mind as does Bun Bun the tank in the Posleen line of stories.

goragrad24 Mar 2017 9:44 a.m. PST


Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP24 Mar 2017 9:52 a.m. PST

Glad you enjoyed it my friend!. (smile)


Dynaman878924 Mar 2017 10:21 a.m. PST

How DARE you insult Bun Bun by referring to it as a mere "tank".

Allen5724 Mar 2017 11:17 a.m. PST

Dynaman, Wanna see my Bun Bun? Seriously I made a reduced size version using one of the moving city modules from the Command Horizon line (BTW their centaur figures would make great 6mm Posleen). The actual vehicle in scale with 6mm/1:300 scale models would be 7 inches high by 15 inches long by 15.5 inches wide. A bit large for most gaming.

badger22 Inactive Member24 Mar 2017 4:49 p.m. PST

Good Rabbit

Part time gamer08 Jan 2018 11:03 p.m. PST

..Trek I ONLY do TOS/Movie ships in 1/1000,
I'd like to see some of those.
if ever I do NextGen it will probably be in 1/2500 scale..
A 'bit' large for gaming, but playable and would look cool. IIRC, isnt it AMT that has the "Cadet Series" in 2500. I think a great 'marketing' plan would have been to sell the ships unnamed, but with decals w/ various ships names. Make'm more eager to buy more ships.
Now if only a lot of the classic Trek models were actually done at constant scale…
OH be still my heart. Personally, I'd love to see the "Anton" in 2500 along w/ the DN, Const. & DD's.

Captain Gideon09 Jan 2018 10:54 a.m. PST

I have a couple of Anton's in the Fasa scale which I think is 1/3900th.

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