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Thanks to Malcolm Savage**, I’ve now got a collection of 1:55 scale figures that I know are really, genuinely of the correct scale. 1:55 isn’t a scale where you can make crowds. Various figures that crop up from time to time on the 55NG group that are ‘about the right size’, usually from war gaming suppliers, and Preiser seems to be my best bet for some non-Edwardian female figures, but I reckon I need to get it right, definitely, on the first few at least. Malcolm is one of the pioneers of modern 1:55 scale modeling and owns the molds to the original GEM kits that started back in the 1950’s so if anyone knows how big a figure should be, it’s him.

The main surprise was that despite all my whining, the railcar is in fact the right size. It looked predictably large when I put these lads next to it, but looking at pictures of the prototype, I suspect that’s because Swiss narrow gauge trains are thumping great big things, because when I put the ‘supervisor’ next to the door on the railcar it looked about right. For once my woolly maths and guesswork seems to have worked.

I’m still working on a design for railcar 2.1 though, to deal with some of the more glaring mistakes, and to try again to design something that I can actually build…

In other news, thanks to the great online marketplace I’ve now got two large bottles of PVA glue, so now it’s time to do some more detailed planning so I can cut the cardboard and polystyrene for the baseboards.

Typical, I leave them alone for five minutes and they’re off moonlighting on Westerooge…

Mind you, with a bit of work that loco could well be developed into an industrial unit for a wood mill or something. Or maybe I’ll work on a proper 1:55 scale version…

What do you mean I’m “easily distracted”?

* I really need to figure out some more original titles.
** I’d link to him but WordPress is playing up for some reason.

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