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Crew Figures. What scales are available?

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    February, 2018
Crew Figures. What scales are available?
Posted by Auggie on Sunday, February 04, 2018 2:53 PM

 What scales of crew figures are available? My interest is in ship models that are 1:124, 1:150, 1:163. I have seen figures that are suitable for 1:96 scale models. I understand that some of those kits come with crew figures.

Would anyone know where to source figures that would be suitable for smaller ships like the Lindberg Blockade Runner in 1:124 scale? Or the Frigate USS United States in 1:50 scale. 

Any help in sourcing crew figures in any scale would be helpful in deciding which kit to get. Thanks!


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  • From: Formerly Bryan, now Arlington, Texas
Posted by CapnMac82 on Sunday, February 04, 2018 3:12 PM

The classic (and by most opinions, best) crew figures are the Revell ones included with Cutty Sark, Constitution, and Golden Hind.  The twenty or so are appropriate for a merchantman, but way under need for a combat ship.

Model railroad suppliers are your friends here.

N-scale is about 1:140 to 1:160
Z scale is 1:220
TT Scale is bang on 1:120, but is harder to find figures for.
T scale is 1:450, and is very hard to find things for (including train bits)

There are photo-etch and 3d printed figures for 1:350, 1:400. 1:600, and even 1:700 (those last three being nearly exclusively photo-etch, and in limited ranges.

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    September, 2012
Posted by GMorrison on Sunday, February 04, 2018 3:32 PM

Take a look at Shapeways.

Its an interesting site- they 3D print, market and sell parts for third party vendors who give them print files.

Don’t be put off if you see sets of figures for $ 800. For some reason they sell their prototypes like that but then sell sets at reasonable prices. I’ve bought a bunch of stuff from them- quality can vary.

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    July, 2012
  • From: Douglas AZ
Posted by littletimmy on Sunday, February 04, 2018 9:50 PM

I know Revell make's 1/72 scale WWII figure's for their U-Boat's and Schnell Boat's.

But there vinyl, and hard to keep paint on. Their also hard to alter ,if you want to change their pose's.

HO scale figure's (1/87scale ) are close enough to 1/96 scale that you wont notice a difference.

Cant help you with the 1/124 scale, but N scale railroad figures (1/160 ) is pretty close to 1/150 scale. And 1/48 scale figure's will work for 1/50 scale.

 Dont worry about the thumbprint, paint it Rust , and call it "Battle Damage".




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  • From: Derry, New Hampshire, USA
Posted by rcboater on Monday, February 05, 2018 6:45 PM

Shapeways is great for figures.  I found crew for my 1/24 PT boat, a 1/16 USCG lifeboat, and a 1/144 scale Escort Carrier there.

The reason for the crazy high prices for some sets is because of a change SW made in pricing several months ago.  They added a per piece surcharge that drove the prices of multi piece sets thru the roof- a set of 30 1/144 sailors, printed as individual figures, went from $20 to $300* .   This forced the designers to redesign their sets to use a sprue to make it a single piece. 

My favorite designer is a guy named Luis, his SW shop is called “PanzervsTanks”.  The great thing is that if he doesn’t have what you want, you can contact him and ask for it.

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Posted by Auggie on Tuesday, February 06, 2018 9:21 AM

Thanks everybody. Super helpful as always! Loving this forum!

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  • From: Philadelphia Pa
Posted by Nino on Tuesday, February 06, 2018 11:09 AM


Plastic 1/100, 1/144, 1/200, and 1/300 figures have been available from some Chinese OEMs.  The figures are generally "railroad people". The ones I have were only a buck or 2 for 100 figures. Most come up for sale on "e"...

Quality is not so great but the figures are to scale. 1/220 figures are available from good manufacturers but more expensive. 



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