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Postby Aidan » Thu Feb 05, 2004 2:53 am

I'm sure someone else has though of this but this is what I am using.

Assuming a minifig with no hair is 6 feet tall, which equals four bricks high, a brick (without studs) converts to about 1.5 feet. Or a plate converts to .5 feet.

Using the same assumption, a brick is 1.2 feet wide.

So my castle walls are 27 feet high and 4.8 feet thick :shock: ! I feel safe :D !

I have not converted it to metric :? ?

Any thoughts?
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Postby akochan » Thu Feb 05, 2004 3:06 am

Only 4.8 feet thick? Pah... My battering ram could take that down, and it was made for wooden gates. :P

Actually I'd go for walls more like 6-10 studs wide, and largely solid. That makes them more in scale, if indeed you are trying to achieve a real world scale.

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Postby JPinoy » Thu Feb 05, 2004 3:12 am

*can't wait to show off the still in construction wall section, when its completed*

Hint:
It attaches to this corner guard tower....
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Postby Aidan » Thu Feb 05, 2004 4:28 am

I'd like to see that battering ram! Bring it on akochan :twisted: !

Everything is relative. In the Lego set world the walls are 12ft high and 1.2 feet thick. I always had a problem with that growing up. If someone gave me a boost I could be over the wall of the kings castle! So even when I was young I was making my castles 2 wall pieces high. The problem still was that they were a mere 1.2 feet thick. Not until I broke from using wall pieces (I never felt so free :D ) did I start making thicker walls.
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Postby Aidan » Thu Feb 05, 2004 4:58 am

JPinoy wrote:*can't wait to show off the still in construction wall section, when its completed*

Hint:
It attaches to this corner guard tower....
http://www.brickshelf.com/cgi-bin/gallery.cgi?i=608286
:D


JPinoy if that is only a corner gaurd tower I am worried that you are going to bankrupt your kingdom with castle construction! :shock:
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Re: Minifig scale conversion?

Postby Blasterman » Thu Feb 05, 2004 12:51 pm

Aidan wrote:So my castle walls are 27 feet high and 4.8 feet thick :shock: ! I feel safe :D !


Not bad. Using your scale, my walls are 38H x 9.6W.

Or 25.5 x 8 by the brick.

Safe? One would hope so.
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Postby David Girard » Thu Feb 05, 2004 1:15 pm

Yes I think about it since long. I was about 10-11 years old when I think of a correspondance.

I always considered a 1x6 plate as a 6 feet rule. 1x6 plate is a bit more taller than minifigs. Peoples are a bit shorter than 6 feet habitually. It correspond well. It make's minifigs to be about 5'5" I think. About the mean tall of true people. Plus ! mean Middle ages peoples were a bit shorter than today's people.

So it's easy to remember. 1 stud = 1 feet. :) 6 stud = 5 bricks tall. So 5 bricks tall = 6 feet.

For the correspondance in meters it's easy. 6" is about 2m.
1 stud = 1/3m, 3 stud = 1m.
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Postby Aidan » Thu Feb 05, 2004 10:10 pm

Its strange, of all the MOCs I've seen, I don't recall very many with walls thicker than 4 dots. Does anyone have photos? I think most are 2 dots? My castle itself is built with walls 2 dots thick. I just can't justify the expense of making thicker walls.

Yet.... :wink:
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Postby JPinoy » Sat Feb 07, 2004 12:31 am

Aidan wrote:
JPinoy wrote:*can't wait to show off the still in construction wall section, when its completed*

Hint:
It attaches to this corner guard tower....
http://www.brickshelf.com/cgi-bin/gallery.cgi?i=608286
:D


JPinoy if that is only a corner gaurd tower I am worried that you are going to bankrupt your kingdom with castle construction! :shock:


Hehehe

Actually its more expensive for me to buy the large armies that protect the City-State than to buy construction material for the fortifications.
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Postby Ye Olde Republic » Sat Feb 07, 2004 4:48 pm

Dave Eaton has a terrific scale converter. It's like a LEGO calculator.
http://www.suave.net/~dave/cgi/scale.cgi
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Postby Dragon Master » Sat Feb 07, 2004 4:52 pm

Wow, that calculator is great!

Thanks Dave, I can try to make my stuff better realistic.

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Postby Aidan » Sat Feb 07, 2004 8:04 pm

Dave,

If 5 bricks equals 6 feet, then each brick is 1.2 feet tall. That would make a minifig only 4 feet 9 inches :cry: ! Thats a pretty tiny fellow :oops: ! And that is with shoes!

I prefer to think of my knights as 6 feet tall :roll: . That would make a brick 1.5 feet tall and 1.2 feet wide.

The average height was around 5'2" back then, but I can't have a Black Falcon army that is 4'9"! I just can't!
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Postby David Girard » Sun Feb 08, 2004 12:07 pm

You must calculate with hair. It's make about 5'1".
:? And if you add a cape, it will be 5'2" :lol:

I'm not agree with should calculate a minifig as 6' tall. It's too much.
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Re: Minifig scale conversion?

Postby Devari » Sun Feb 08, 2004 3:53 pm

Blasterman wrote:
Aidan wrote:So my castle walls are 27 feet high and 4.8 feet thick :shock: ! I feel safe :D !


Not bad. Using your scale, my walls are 38H x 9.6W.

Or 25.5 x 8 by the brick.

Safe? One would hope so.


Using the calculator with 5.5 feet as minifig height and a few guesses, the height of one of the tower-walls on the new KK castle (excluding raised baseplate, as that would be pretty easy to scale) is 7.54 feet. I don't feel safe. :(
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Postby JPinoy » Sun Feb 08, 2004 7:20 pm

LOL! So if they had a to-scale sized Yao Ming minifig, he could reach over the wall of that castle.
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