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 Author: Howard1951 View Messages Posted By Howard1951
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designing a model to the scale of a LEGO minifigure

If I am designing a model from a monument that is 205 feet tall by 51 feet square
and I want to use the LEGO Minifigures in the model. How many "2x4 bricks" would
equal the height and width of a side?
I am hoping to scale it as "height of minifigure" would be equal to six (6) feet.
So that would mean the model would be thirty-four (34) Minifigures high by eight
and a half (8.5) Minifigures wide (each side). So with these numbers could someone
clue me in on how many bricks (2 x 4) would be required for the height and the
sides?
Once I have these numbers I would do some recalculating so that I would use plates
and bricks of different lengths (1x2, 1x3, 1x4, 2x2, 2x3, 2x4) and colors in
building the model.
I have been trying to figure a scale that would have been; one (1) stud would
equal one (1) foot. But I am getting bewildered in trying to work with that
scale.
So if someone could help me, I would be grateful.

If you care to email me your help or suggestions (for using a different scale)
my email is heferris@verizon.net.
 Author: SylvainLS View Messages Posted By SylvainLS
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In My Own Creation, Howard1951 writes:
  designing a model to the scale of a LEGO minifigure

If I am designing a model from a monument that is 205 feet tall by 51 feet square
and I want to use the LEGO Minifigures in the model. How many "2x4 bricks" would
equal the height and width of a side?
I am hoping to scale it as "height of minifigure" would be equal to six (6) feet.
So that would mean the model would be thirty-four (34) Minifigures high by eight
and a half (8.5) Minifigures wide (each side). So with these numbers could someone
clue me in on how many bricks (2 x 4) would be required for the height and the
sides?
Once I have these numbers I would do some recalculating so that I would use plates
and bricks of different lengths (1x2, 1x3, 1x4, 2x2, 2x3, 2x4) and colors in
building the model.
I have been trying to figure a scale that would have been; one (1) stud would
equal one (1) foot. But I am getting bewildered in trying to work with that
scale.
So if someone could help me, I would be grateful.

Well, the minifig scale is around 1:36 to 1:42 (depending on how tall you take
a minifigure or if you even take its height as a scale), or, as you surmised,
around 1 stud = 1 ft¹.

(¹ A foot being 30.48cm and a stud 0.8cm, 1 stud = 1 ft is a 1:38.1 scale.)


So, 1ft : 1 stud makes your building 51 studs x 51 studs x 171 bricks.

171 bricks because 205 ft : 205 studs = (205*5/6 =) 171 bricks
And 5/6 because there are 6 studs for 5 bricks, or 5 plates to 2 studs (= 5/3
bricks to 2 studs).


Now, there’s a bit of a problem with using a minifigure as if it were a mini-human:
A minifigure height is a bit more than 4 bricks (bald, 4⅓ with hair).
A minifigure girth² is a bit less that 6 studs (the circumference of a 1x2 brick).
And 6 studs = 5 bricks.
That means a minifigure’s girth is 1.25 times its height. Not a healthy proportion
for a human.

(² With these proportions, I think we can call it a “girth,” not a waistline
)

That leads to many “impressions of wrongness”: too small objects if you take
the height to be 6ft and too big if you follow a minifigure-width scale.

That makes minifigures seem either lost or too fat in pure minifigure scale.

That’s why LEGO models rarely use a pure minifigure scale: houses with one or
two room per floor, castles with sentry-boxes instead of multi-floor towers,
etc.
 Author: Howard1951 View Messages Posted By Howard1951
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In My Own Creation, SylvainLS writes:
  In My Own Creation, Howard1951 writes:
  designing a model to the scale of a LEGO minifigure

If I am designing a model from a monument that is 205 feet tall by 51 feet square
and I want to use the LEGO Minifigures in the model. How many "2x4 bricks" would
equal the height and width of a side?
I am hoping to scale it as "height of minifigure" would be equal to six (6) feet.
So that would mean the model would be thirty-four (34) Minifigures high by eight
and a half (8.5) Minifigures wide (each side). So with these numbers could someone
clue me in on how many bricks (2 x 4) would be required for the height and the
sides?
Once I have these numbers I would do some recalculating so that I would use plates
and bricks of different lengths (1x2, 1x3, 1x4, 2x2, 2x3, 2x4) and colors in
building the model.
I have been trying to figure a scale that would have been; one (1) stud would
equal one (1) foot. But I am getting bewildered in trying to work with that
scale.
So if someone could help me, I would be grateful.

Well, the minifig scale is around 1:36 to 1:42 (depending on how tall you take
a minifigure or if you even take its height as a scale), or, as you surmised,
around 1 stud = 1 ft¹.

(¹ A foot being 30.48cm and a stud 0.8cm, 1 stud = 1 ft is a 1:38.1 scale.)


So, 1ft : 1 stud makes your building 51 studs x 51 studs x 171 bricks.

171 bricks because 205 ft : 205 studs = (205*5/6 =) 171 bricks
And 5/6 because there are 6 studs for 5 bricks, or 5 plates to 2 studs (= 5/3
bricks to 2 studs).


Now, there’s a bit of a problem with using a minifigure as if it were a mini-human:
A minifigure height is a bit more than 4 bricks (bald, 4⅓ with hair).
A minifigure girth² is a bit less that 6 studs (the circumference of a 1x2 brick).
And 6 studs = 5 bricks.
That means a minifigure’s girth is 1.25 times its height. Not a healthy proportion
for a human.

(² With these proportions, I think we can call it a “girth,” not a waistline
)

That leads to many “impressions of wrongness”: too small objects if you take
the height to be 6ft and too big if you follow a minifigure-width scale.

That makes minifigures seem either lost or too fat in pure minifigure scale.

That’s why LEGO models rarely use a pure minifigure scale: houses with one or
two room per floor, castles with sentry-boxes instead of multi-floor towers,
etc.


SylvainLS,

I wish to thank you for your input into my quandary. With the information that
you have provided I’ll try to get it in gear again and renew my quest.
I’ll be using the info that you have provide to figure out the bricks and plates
that I’ll need and the visit the bank account and place an order,
Then the fun will begin once I receive the parts to begin my model.
Thank you again.
 Author: Rick_S. View Messages Posted By Rick_S.
 Posted: Jul 3, 2020 00:49
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In My Own Creation, SylvainLS writes:
  In My Own Creation, Howard1951 writes:
  designing a model to the scale of a LEGO minifigure

If I am designing a model from a monument that is 205 feet tall by 51 feet square
and I want to use the LEGO Minifigures in the model. How many "2x4 bricks" would
equal the height and width of a side?
I am hoping to scale it as "height of minifigure" would be equal to six (6) feet.
So that would mean the model would be thirty-four (34) Minifigures high by eight
and a half (8.5) Minifigures wide (each side). So with these numbers could someone
clue me in on how many bricks (2 x 4) would be required for the height and the
sides?
Once I have these numbers I would do some recalculating so that I would use plates
and bricks of different lengths (1x2, 1x3, 1x4, 2x2, 2x3, 2x4) and colors in
building the model.
I have been trying to figure a scale that would have been; one (1) stud would
equal one (1) foot. But I am getting bewildered in trying to work with that
scale.
So if someone could help me, I would be grateful.

Well, the minifig scale is around 1:36 to 1:42 (depending on how tall you take
a minifigure or if you even take its height as a scale), or, as you surmised,
around 1 stud = 1 ft¹.

(¹ A foot being 30.48cm and a stud 0.8cm, 1 stud = 1 ft is a 1:38.1 scale.)


So, 1ft : 1 stud makes your building 51 studs x 51 studs x 171 bricks.

171 bricks because 205 ft : 205 studs = (205*5/6 =) 171 bricks
And 5/6 because there are 6 studs for 5 bricks, or 5 plates to 2 studs (= 5/3
bricks to 2 studs).


Now, there’s a bit of a problem with using a minifigure as if it were a mini-human:
A minifigure height is a bit more than 4 bricks (bald, 4⅓ with hair).
A minifigure girth² is a bit less that 6 studs (the circumference of a 1x2 brick).
And 6 studs = 5 bricks.
That means a minifigure’s girth is 1.25 times its height. Not a healthy proportion
for a human.

(² With these proportions, I think we can call it a “girth,” not a waistline
)

That leads to many “impressions of wrongness”: too small objects if you take
the height to be 6ft and too big if you follow a minifigure-width scale.

That makes minifigures seem either lost or too fat in pure minifigure scale.

That’s why LEGO models rarely use a pure minifigure scale: houses with one or
two room per floor, castles with sentry-boxes instead of multi-floor towers,
etc.

yeah the main problem with configuring minifig scale to human scales is that
minifigs are not designed to be human scale in any scale take a look at the picture
to get an idea.