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#1 Bjorn Kjer

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Posted 09 September 2013 - 12:59

Does any of you have 1/43 you could put aside on a Picture for comparing ? I am mostly thinking of sizes between say GTO , E type ,E type lightweight streamline , Aston Zagato , Cobra , Cobra Daytona , Vett 62 and Porsche 904 , Porsche Carrera Abarth, Triumph Spitfire 64 , Abarth 1300GT , Alfa GTZ from around 1962-65 .
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.

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#2 D-Type

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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.


#3 Bjorn Kjer

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Posted 10 September 2013 - 05:51

Hi Duncan ,

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 ?

#4 Tim Murray

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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

 

Triumph Spitfire

 

Wheelbase 6ft 11in; Track: front 4ft 1in, rear 4ft 0in; Overall length 12ft 1in; Overall width 4ft 10in.



#5 Bjorn Kjer

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Posted 11 September 2013 - 19:58

Thanks !