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Converting Lego measurements to scale lengths.

March 24, 2009

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.

basic-brick-1x1

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.

clasic-flat-scale

clasic-flat-scale-2

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!

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