RE: Raius, Diameter or Degrees?
Posted By DKRickman on 09/04/2008 3:08 PM
Posted By Idraw4u on 09/04/2008 2:41 PM
So I say whatever is on the side of the box would make it easiest for those of us getting started and it is comprehendible by everyone… even if it is not the most correct for ever situation (flex track, belly bending, etc…).
That is exactly the point of this thread. Different manufacturers, and for that matter different scales, put different things on the side of the box. Whether it's diameter, radius, chains, degrees, or any of a number of other obscure measurements really doesn't matter as much as that we all - including the manufacturers - can agree to use the same thing all the time. What exactly are R1, R2, and R3, and are they the same for every manufacturer? I've heard not, which is an insane situation.
For what it's worth, anyone with a basic understanding of geometry shouldn't have a problem with either radius or diameter, but it's been a long time since some of us were in school.
Chains and degrees have the advantage of scaling easily, but they're not very practical when trying to draft a layout.
I once again suggest that raduis is the most useful measurement, especially for those of us who are moving up from the smaller scales (and I suspect that number is pretty significant). Since it's used as the standard for the smaller scales, people with any familariaty with them will be in familiar territory. For anyone coming into the hobby completely new, one measurement is as good as any other, so why not one that will at least help a significant portion of the hobby?
Kenneth I see your point.
Humm… That just adds to the confusion for a newbie.
I think it safe to say that anyone that knows what a diameter is should know that a radius is ½ that dimension.
So going with that logic… If you standardize the terminology amongst users on this site to mean a curve of any size is measured in “Radius” that would work for any scenario.
Being new to this hobby and to this site, it seems to me that more people/manufactures refer to diameter when talking about curves then radius. But radius would seem to have more use and be more appropriate in more cases.
Your quest continues….
I am happy to refer to them in whatever manner you guys want