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    Size comparison of 1/35 tanks to 40k tanks

    Last night my girlfriend made me watch the Tank girl movie, and while it was a pretty awful (in a good way) movie, the tank in it was awesome. Im wanting to make one of my own up for 40k, but would like it to "counts as" a predator. So want the size to be similar. Using a predator as the base model isnt really an option, as I want the tracks wheels to be exposed and all 40k tanks come stock with them covered up and shielded.

    So can anyone recommend a kit from another company that would make a suitable base for this project? Ive found quite a few that work such as this...

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    But im concerned about the size. I can find plenty that are 1/35th, but since my only modelling experience doesnt extend past games workshop and forgeworld kits, I have no idea if this would be the right size.

    Any help would be appreciated!!

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    Ive also found a version someone else did with the same idea which ive linked below, does anyone know what kit he has based it on? Because that looks like a good start.

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    Re: Size comparison of 1/35 tanks to 40k tanks

    1/48th is usually a better fit, depending on the tank, so 1:48 sherman may work better

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    Re: Size comparison of 1/35 tanks to 40k tanks

    I just went downstairs and measured a rhino (I should have done that in the first place haha) and you are right, a rhino is 12 cm long, same as that one you linked. That also led me to this...

    http://www.tamiya.com/english/produc...rman/index.htm

    The same one but with a more rounded hull. Perfect for what im after

    Many thanks Tinners!

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    Re: Size comparison of 1/35 tanks to 40k tanks

    The tank in the picture is a modified M3 Stuart/Honey. So while it looks pretty Tank Girl-ish it's the wrong hull.

    I'm not sure if anyone makes one but an Israeli Super Sherman in 1-48th might be your best choice. It's got a bigger turret and a 105mm gun on an M4A3E8 style hull.
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    Re: Size comparison of 1/35 tanks to 40k tanks

    In the movie "Tank Girl" a M5 tank aquired from I think Brazil or Argentina was the platform for her tank.
    Also in the movie (which I haven't seen in a long time) you see a PT-76 and T-55 which magically become the M5 Stuart (...Hollywood. Anything can happen in Hollywood...)
    That M3 conversion above looks pretty good.
    You can stick with an M5, available at most quality hobby stores, or you could use anything you want, like the Sherman. It's your build.
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    Re: Size comparison of 1/35 tanks to 40k tanks

    Find the real world dimensions of the tank (wikipedia or similar) and work out how big it will be in 1/35 or 1/48.
    As has been said 1/48 usually looks right for the main body of a vehicle in relation to GW tanks but a lot of the details - hatches, weapons, etc - will look small in comparison to the troops

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    Re: Size comparison of 1/35 tanks to 40k tanks

    It really depends on the type of tank (light, medium, etc), the time period (early WW2, late WW2, modern) and the specific vehicle. There's no specific 1/35 is best or 1/48 is best blanket statement.

    Bren Carriers (Universal carrier) in 1/35 is about the size of a chimera. Would make a good Salamander scout. If you can find one in 1/48, it would be fine as a Centaur (FW) which is what the Centaur was modelled off.
    M7 Priests and Matildas in 1/35 are also roughly chimera sized. So are M113s. These would be perfect sized.

    Most tanks/armoured vehicles, however, range from the same height/width (T 1/35) but 2 or so inches longer, to much wider and longer and verging on superheavy sizes (Most modern tanks and German WW2 heavy tanks). King Tiger makes a nice light superheavy in 1/35 (it's treads are already wide enough).
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    Re: Size comparison of 1/35 tanks to 40k tanks

    1:48-50 is about right for 25mm. However, GW stuff is considered 'heroic' (i.e. 28-30mm) is scale, and is also disproportionate, being more 'charactures' of vehicles rather than scale models (as are many of their figures). So, the reality is that either would work, as they fall really somewhere between the two is actual scale. The fact is also it is what works is what is appealing to you; if it looks good to you, then its probably good enough.
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    Re: Size comparison of 1/35 tanks to 40k tanks

    Try this:

    Scale comparisons

    It's a gallery I made, comparing multiple vehicles+scales vs 40k models. See if you can find something that helps you decide.
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