Comparing RailKing "people" and true O scale figures

Of course you wouldn't try fitting the guy with a hammer in your O Scale SP Daylight passenger car - maybe on the station platform (if you're lucky enough to have one).

 

I support short people although I don't count myself as one of them; the Railking figures are the best for passenger car interiors.

Its funny but when I purchase O gauge people, sometimes the ones on the smaller end look good and at other times the larger figures look better. I believe that it depends on the setting and how the perspective looks to the eyes.

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My experience with passenger cars is the smaller ones pretty universally look better in the cars.  All of the true 1:48 scale people sit so tall in the seats that you see their chest through the windows.

I can tell the difference between seeing the passenger's heads or their chest through the windows.  I guess I just have sharp eyes.

 

I believe that MTH's people and Artista's figures are both way undersized.  As well done as they are, they only look good, in my eyes at least, if they are grouped together by themselves with no true-sized figures around them.

 

I don't buy either for just that reason.

 

- walt

Originally Posted by banjoflyer:
Originally Posted by pro hobby:

Comparing RailKing "people" and true O scale figures.

 

Photo shows a RailKing figure with a true O scale figure.

 

RailKing standing male = 4 foot 6 inches

 

O scale standing figure = 6 foot

 

The shorter figure is actually perfect for S gauge (1/64 scale).

The shorter figure at 4.5 feet in O scale (1/48) must measure 1.125 inches in reality.

S gauge is 3/16 (0.1875)=1 foot 

The question then is "How many 3/16 are there in 1.125 inches?

1.125 / 0.1875 = 6 feet

 

Both figures now measure 6 feet tall.

S scale on the left, O scale on the right.

Mark

He could also work with AF and Marx 3/16" on O-Gauge trains! That makes him an O-Gauge figure. Maybe not an O-Scale one, but he could be an O-Gauge guy!  LOL

Andy

 

When they were passing out brains, I thought they said trains and I asked for a slow one.

Originally Posted by gunrunnerjohn:

My experience with passenger cars is the smaller ones pretty universally look better in the cars.  All of the true 1:48 scale people sit so tall in the seats that you see their chest through the windows.

John, where do you get your passengers?  I have 6 MTH streamlined cars to fill.  oO

I've used some of the Chinese 1:75 figures and just touched them up to give some facial features for many of them.  I also had some S-scale ones that fit perfectly, but I haven't found any more of those recently.  I think the MTH Railking figures are about the right size, but I don't want to have to paint them totally.

I find that ALL 'O' scale people are different sizes.....from really small to really big. I just do as lee does......either place like size together or use as appropriate.  Just like in real life.....many different size people and ages. Yet to be REALLY disappointed with any I've bought.

Originally Posted by pro hobby:

Comparing RailKing "people" and true O scale figures.

 

Photo shows a RailKing figure with a true O scale figure.

 

RailKing standing male = 4 foot 6 inches

 

O scale standing figure = 6 foot

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So based on Kim Kars pictures today, she's Railking on top and True O scale below?

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Rich Olszewski


If at first you DO succeed,try hard to hide your astonishment.

Gentlemen,

   In my Tin Plate child like layouts I have many different size people, animals, tractors and other vehicles, I have never counted rivets on my layouts so exacting size means little. 

PCRR/Dave

After all original Tin comes in different sizes, even the engines, tenders and rolling stock.

 

 

Never worry about what other people think, be strong and walk in the way of the Lord.

I have avoided buying the value packs of 100 people or so (mostly from China) on the Bay for this very same reason.

 

I have notice at my LHS that the Rail King folk are undersized.

 

The painted folk that sell for $33 a set of 6 (German) are BEAUTIFUL but way out of my price range.

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unless you are modelling a specific person than scale is irrelevant. For adults that could range from 5' to 6'  that would give you people from 1.25" to 1.5 inches

 

If the people are really out of this range why not just place  them further away so the size is not so relevant

 

Steve

Sorry, didn't mean to imply Mike purchased the tooling directly from Flyer, just MTH had some of the old tooling.

 

Flyer was selling off some tooling to raise cash before the Lionel takeover. My understanding is Mike got some of that tooling 2nd or 3rd hand from the folks that got it from Flyer, or from people who got it from them. I believe the Hobby Surplus folks got a pile of original Flyer parts in a similar fashion.

 

 

Len2

Personally not a stickler to scale but I like things to be somewhat proportioned. My main layout is 2 O-31 elongated loops- the inner usually runs a prewar consist- but I still try to keep my vehicles between 1:43 and 1:50. For my figures, at some of the larger stations/structures they are bigger but not by much. Besides that, I have an assortment of figures from model power, ertl, o-line reproductions, K-Line scale, some RMT, and Johilco which is surprisingly close to the o-line reproductions which are the closest I’ve seen to O-Scale.

In the other part of my layout, it’s more toy-like, a lot of Plasticville and 1940s or 50s vehicles. Also has plasticville figures, some Flyer figures, 1:64th scale corgi soldiers. 

Im going home today and some MTH Railking Soldiers will be awaiting me. REALLY hoping that their close to O-line reproductions in size.

For reference: (left to right) Ertl County Fair playset, Corgi 1:64th Scale Marin, Bride by American Flyer prewar figure, plasticville figure, model power woman, diecast Flyer figure from set 578, O-Line Reproductions “Station Figures” set man in suit, Model Power “Poor People set” man begging for money or food, K-Line O-Scale SWAT figure, O-line repro soldier, Johilco Station figure, Johilco Hono, Lemax acordion player, Homies figure, US Army Soldier unknown make, WB Britain’s Royal Scott’s Guard, Station Porter by Lincoln logs, Barclay STD. Gauge man waiting for train, Auburn Trains(NOT AMT/Auburn- the Auburn who made Rubber Toys) worker checking the clock.

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O-Line repro soldiers in background. Bottom of bridge steps: Model Power “poor person”(dislike that term). On Bridge: K-Line SWAT figure, Model Power drinking “poor person” (dislike that term), 2 plasticville figures walking, another model power “poor person” sitting and asking for food

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Michael Hokkanen posted:

I have avoided buying the value packs of 100 people or so (mostly from China) on the Bay for this very same reason.

 

I have notice at my LHS that the Rail King folk are undersized.

 

The painted folk that sell for $33 a set of 6 (German) are BEAUTIFUL but way out of my price range.

Haven’t heard of those German figures. Can you provide a link or company name ??

StevefromPA posted:
Michael Hokkanen posted:

I have avoided buying the value packs of 100 people or so (mostly from China) on the Bay for this very same reason.

I have notice at my LHS that the Rail King folk are undersized.

 The painted folk that sell for $33 a set of 6 (German) are BEAUTIFUL but way out of my price range.

Haven’t heard of those German figures. Can you provide a link or company name ??

I think that he's referring to figures made by Preiser and a Google search for "Preiser O scale figures" will get you started. But Preiser actually specializes in other scales so the O inventory available is often limited/out of stock for extended periods. They are very nice figures but rather large for the inside of most 3rail O cars.

When visitors have come over to see my layout they haven't shown up with a ruler so far.  Any layout is seen in the context of the whole as if you are seeing a stage show. All detail comes together for a complete effect. If something is a bit out of size it probably won't be noticed. If its the people size that concerns you, just tell them that some of the people are midgets.

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