Voyager Models
Calibrated Real Scale Rulers
Voyager Models sets #TE-Z10, TE-Z11, TE-Z12, TE-Z13
Review by Terry Ashley

Voyager Models have released four sets of Real Scale Rulers for modellers calibrated with the actual measurements for 8 of the most common scales used in modelling.

By real scale I mean if you are working in 1/35 scale for example and you know the actual measurement of the real 1/1 scale item, say 1.2m you don’t need to calculate that down to your scale but simply measure 1.2m on the 1/35 scale ruler and there you have to exact 1/35 scale measurement for 1.2m.

The rulers come marked for Vehicle modellers with scales 1/35 and 1/72 (set #TE-Z10), Ship modellers with scales 1/300 and 1/700 (set #TE-Z11), Aircraft modellers with scales 1/32 and 1/48 (set #TE-Z12) and Car modellers with scales 1/24 and 1/87 (set #TE-Z13) included on each of the applicable rulers. With the rise in 1/48 vehicle models the aircraft ruler will also have application here.

Set #TE-Z10 1/35 and 1/72 scales
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Set #TE-Z11 1/350 and 1/700 scales
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Set #TE-Z12 1/32 and 1/48 scales
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Set #TE-Z13 1/24 and 1/87 scales
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Each ruler has the calibrations in meters only and on some such as the 1/700 you will need to use a magnifier to read the graduations exactly with the overall distance indicated depending on the scale with 3.5m on the 1/24 ruler out to 100m on the 1/700 ruler. The actual length of each ruler is 14.5cm to make them easy to handle when working on models.

Each is produced in thin stainless steel which is flexible enough to allow the ruler to be bent around larger curves such as aircraft fuselages, tank turrets and car bodies allowing the exact measurements to be made.

Sounds a little confusing initially as we are all used to getting out the calculator and scaling down measurements to the applicable scale but once used to the way these work it makes things rather simple.

I have cross checked a few of the measurements using the calculator and the rulers were exact on every occasion.

While the concept may take a while to get used to these rulers should prove very useful for making exact scale measurements where you know the real scale measurement.

Having the two most common scales for each modelling category on each ruler will add to their usefulness.

Highly recommended

Thanks to Voyager Models for the review set.

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