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I don't know if it's considered proper, but here goes:

One one of these forums (I hope--this is the only site I inhabit) someone mentioned the Rail Scale scale ruler. Said they were good, so I bought one.

I got mine yesterday. I elected for the aluminum 1:20.3, 12" version.

Based merely on the looks of the crisp etching, I'd recommend one if you want a scale rule. They also come in the 'other' gauges. Just Google Railscale and the site will pop up.

Mine cost just a tad under $14, incl shipping from wherever they are to the frozen south bank of the Missouri. Took about eight days, but this was immediately post New Year's.

These rulers also have a standard 12" scale. They come in up to 24" length (I think!); definitely 18".

I'm pleased with it. I've been measuring stuff right and left, and y'know, this scale stuff is beginning to gel.


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Not only proper, but encouraged (I would think).

It's always nice to hear which tools folks find useful for their modem trains.


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Hi Guys,

C.T.T. Inc of Dallas, TX also makes a series of clear plastic scale rules.
I have several of their 1:29 rules.
They are fairly inexpensive at around $4.00 or so. (cheap enough to have several).
I have gotten mine at Charles Ro and he used to have them in a full selection of scales.

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Phil,

Thanks for the thought. I forgot to add they make a six incher, and a wallet-sized card. (I have no connection with that company).

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Hiya Les, I actually need a ruler just for general purposes right now. I may have to follow your example and get one of these. Thanks for sharing!

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Will,

Not a problem. Lots 'n lots of folks have shared knowledge with me. Just passing it along.

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I just received the Scale Card...Card, 6" and 12" rulers....Was impressed with all but the last mentioned...for $15. I think it could have been a little more substantial...it is really flimsy (maybe folks want to use it to measure the OD of pipe or something..The Card is pretty handy!

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Cale,

Did you get the plastic or aluminum ones? (Except for the credit card size). Mine's aluminum, and it's solid.

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I've been using the Scale Card rulers, 6", 12", and 24" - GREAT tool! Highly recommended. Though a metal ruler has its advantages too.

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I use a 1:29 and a 1:20.3 (Sundance Central). My wife and I carry the card in our wallets to check figure sizes when we are out shopping. I don't know how anyone can live without scale rulers. I always had at least two handy when I was modeling in HO gauge.
 

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Bob,

If one is a dedicated penny-pincher, one can sit down with his calculator and scale ratio and make up a lookup table. The single drawback to that method is, with a scale rule one can get an immediate sense of the actual size of an item. I had a bit of entertainment measuring some of my cheapo rolling stock.

All in all, I'm very glad I got mine and may one day add the 18 & 24" lenghts. I'm still not certain on the wallet size because I know 3-1/2" is about six feet in 1:20.3, and it happens that my formerly work-gnarled index finger is that length.


I may perish from this flu. Who's a deserving beginner modeller?


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Les, thanks a lot for the tip.

I I've used the Scale Card in the past and I do like it, but, it is black on clear and I sometimes have difficulty reading it.

I ordered the aluminum, in both 6" and 18". They are thin aluminum (.020") so they do have some flex in them, which I find quite handy.

One cool thing is that you can specify the scale that you want on each side. I went with 1:20 on one side and 1:1 on the other. The scale choices include HO, S, O, 1:1, 1:12, 1:20.3 1:22.5, 1:24, 1:29, and 1:32. I could have put HO on one side to make it easy to scale up from all those old drawings in Model Railroader.

Here's a picture of the 6" ruler:


I find it easy to read and use. Pretty neat stuff.
You can find them over at http://therailscale.com/
 

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Bruce,

I thought about having different 'scales' on each side of the rule, but concluded that, the way my mind creaks along, a quick reference across to the 'realworld' would be best. For me, I did a good choice. I dunno how to upscale dwgs anyway. When I get there, I'll ask here.


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I just now purchased a Rail Scale rule. I got the 1/20.3 on one side and 1:1 on the other side- aluminum 24 inch. I'm looking forward to using it.
 

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Posted By Les on 01/27/2009 1:24 PM
Bruce,

I thought about having different 'scales' on each side of the rule, but concluded that, the way my mind creaks along, a quick reference across to the 'realworld' would be best. For me, I did a good choice. I dunno how to upscale dwgs anyway. When I get there, I'll ask here.


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Yes, I think that's the handiest. I need too many real world measurements to have another scale on that side. Besides, I still have my nice HO ruler from days gone by.
 

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I received my Rail Scale this morning. Ordered Tuesday morning, here today. Fast delivery! The scales are beautiful, exactly as advertised.
 

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Gary,

Yeah, I was very impressed with mine, too. Eventually I'll get the 18 & 24" but not right now.

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I bought the card and the 12 inch and they are both accurate and great. My only complaint is that they are silk screened and not etched. I tended to be hard on tools and I can see these getting worn out easily, fortunately they are so cheap, I won't break me to buy another when I've worn out these :)
I got the 2 scale, 1:20 and 1:22 very handy to have, I can put away my calculator now :)
 

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They're definitely not for the long haul. But, they're affordable. And, cunning soul that I am, (Now that you tell me they're accurate) I might make myself one from mild steel/brass and copy it, though it should endure all I'll ever do with it. (Beats doing the math and laying one out!)


Or, as you say, send off another $14. That's hard to beat.

Les
 
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