Converting Lego measurements to scale lengths.
You may have noticed that Lego measurements are not very “round” in the metric system. This is because even though Lego is produced in a country that uses the metric system, on machines built to metric standards, the original dimensions of the basic Lego brick are in increments of an inch.
Armed with this knowledge it is possible to come up with scale measurements for any Lego model you may build, in whatever scale you chose to play in.
As we all know the basic 1×1 is not a cube, therefore it “stacks” to a different height on its side than it does when the studs are upright. I personally refer too these two types of measurement as “stud height,” and “block height.”
These two measurements types are both useful, but do come up with different measurements for the same model. This can be corrected by converting your measurement to a scale equivalent.
As different as these two types of measurement are they do converge periodically. It is another indication of Vincent’s intrinsic brilliance that he created the classic to exist at the first convergence.
The “Classic” is exactly six “studs” high, and five “blocks high.
In “Micro-fig Plus” scale our six foot tall soldier is seven plates high, so our measurements are:
Plate = 10.28 inches
Stud = 25.7 inches
Block = 30.84 inches
In “Micro-fig” scale our six foot tall soldier is five plates high, so our measurements are:
Plate = 14.4 inches
Stud = 36 inches 0r 1 yard
Block = 43.2 inches
In “Two Plate” scale our six foot tall soldier is two plates high, so our measurements are:
Plate = 3 feet
Stud = 7 feet and 5.5 inches
Block = 9 feet or 3 yards
In “Tile” scale our six foot tall soldier is one tile high, so our measurements are:
Plate = 6 feet
Stud = 15 feet
Block = 18 feet
Now go forth and measure your Mechaton MOC’s. Knowledge is power!