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Hints and Tips For your Lemax Village

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Scale
Lemax Village buildings and the figures are not the same scale. Just compare the height of a figure and the front door of any of the buildings. No way will the figures get through the door!
What Lemax has done by using the size of the figures they have is to add expression and atmosphere to the scenes. If the figures had matched the buildings a lot of the wimsical feel of the village would have been lost.
The different scales just need to be seperated with the figures in the foreground with a backdrop of the buildings and trees.
In a technical scense the buildings are around 1:55 and the figures are 1:35 or something like that. 1:55 means that the building is approximately 55 times smaller than one in the real world. You have entered the world of scale modelling. As I said a Lemax Village scene is a wimsical scene where although the scales vary in the scene the overall concept is very much a "Feel Good" view. If you like what you have done then you have achieved what all of us aspire to. Creating a scene that means Christmas to you and your visitors.

Introducing Model Trains to your Village
Adding any animation to your  village will create a feel of life. Colour and movement will enhance any scene.
The quickest and easiest way to achieve this is by adding a model train to the village, but what scale?
The closest scale and gauge combination in what is known as On30. This is a narrow gauge train built to 1:48 scale made by Bachmann. They are close enough to look "right". Because it is a model train scale there are many accessories that are available to enhance your village including figures!
Just to clarify what scale and gauge means, the scale is the actual ratio between real life size and the model size. The gauge is a train term, which is the width between the rails. It is common for two modellers to both model a scale but each do a different gauge to represent the width of the rails in the area or a time period.
In Australia, like many countries throughout the world, we have different gauges in different states, sometimes more than one gauge in each state. Common gauges in Australia is 4'8", 5'3", 3'6" 30" and 24" as well as others. Obviously the people are a similar size so a carriage is designed to accomodate real life size people. The track width can vary though and this affects the width of the trains. Imagine a carriage built for a track width of 5'3" being run on track only 30" wide, it would be very top heavy and unstable, so the carriages are built to the ratio of the track width. A perfect example of this in Victoria's "Puffing Billy", it runs on 30" track gauge whereas elsewhere in Victoria the gauge is 5'3". The carriages and locomotives are still made to accomodate real people but are engineered differently, enabling them to operate safely on the narrower track. Narrow gauge or track width was cheaper to build so was popular on lesser travelled lines.
I mentioned On30 trains earlier, this is very much the "Puffing Billy" train. The O denotes the scale of 1:48, the n means a narrow guage, and the 30 tells us that thr track gauge or width is 30".
TBC

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