Posted 09 September 2013 - 12:59
I have seen Pictures and plans , and I know that models may not all be correct in size , but I have difficulty in getting the "sizes" right.
Posted 09 September 2013 - 16:04
The simplest measurement to check is the wheelbase. If a model maker gets that right then the rest can't be too far wrong. If he gets the wheelbase wrong everything else will probably be wrong as well as overhangs will probably be relative to the wheelbase.
You should be able to find the wheelbase of the cars on line.
If they are in in feet and inches. Here's a typical conversion
Wheelbase in feet and inches: 7ft 11 in
Multiply the feet by 12 to get inches: 7x12 + 11 = 84 + 11 = 95 inches
Multiply the inches by 25.4 to get millimetres: 95x25.4 = 2413 mm
Divide the prototype wheelbase by 43 to get the model wheelbase: 2413 / 43 = 56.116 etc mm say 56 mm for simplicity
You can make similar conversions for other dimensions: length, width, track, height, etc
I hope that helps
Edited by D-Type, 05 October 2013 - 16:22.
Posted 10 September 2013 - 05:51
Yes the wheelbase is perhaps the very best comparison. But the look is also very important. F.eks. I have a Ferrari GTO model which I know is near perfect , then I have a Spitfire from LM64 , and it looks SO small , was it that small ?
Posted 10 September 2013 - 06:56
According to Mike Twite's The World's Racing Cars the GTO was over 2 feet longer than the Spitfire overall and nearly a foot longer in wheelbase. Here are the quoted dimensions:
Ferrari 250 GTO
Wheelbase 7ft 10.5in; Track: front 4ft 6in, rear 4ft 5.75in; Overall length 14ft 4.5in; Overall width 5ft 4in
Wheelbase 6ft 11in; Track: front 4ft 1in, rear 4ft 0in; Overall length 12ft 1in; Overall width 4ft 10in.