54mm (1/32) Scale
54mm scale offers much to the modeler:
scale figures are readily available in 1/35 scale in a
variety of poses. As the average person was slightly
smaller in the 1860's than the average 20th century man,
using a slightly smaller scaled figure makes sense. Very
few inexpensive Civil War figures are available in either
54mm or 1/35 scale.
A variety of accessories are
available in 54mm and 1/35 scale, including barrels, fences,
vehicles (including horse drawn), canons, etc.
When building a scale R/C
model, if it is too small, hence a light-weight, it will
"bob" in the water, especially when hit by wakes from other
boats. A 54mm scale model of the U.S.S.
will tip the scale at about 67 pounds, enough to provide
momentum for plowing through wakes.
This scale allows plenty of room for
equipment, especially to turn the turret and perhaps some
sore of gun firing system should that be desired.
This scale also is a good size for "super-detailing"
- for example, bolt heads, stanchions, lines, bells, etc.
The view can then look close and almost get the feeling of
being on the deck.
Why Sticking to
one Scale Matters:
If more modelers (and the modeler that is building
multiple models) builds to the same scale, the relationship of
relative size is easier for the viewer to comprehend.
instance, the 172-foot U.S.S. Monitor at 54mm scale
would be 64-1/2 inches long. If a model of the U.S.S.
Passaic (200-foot) was built at 1/35 scale, it would be
68-1/2 inches long. At 54mm, it would be 75 inches long, a
The down side of a 54mm scale U.S.S. Monitor is
the weight. 67 pounds is quite a lot to lift out of the water,
requiring two people or a lifting device/launching trailer. A
lot of ballast can be made removable to lighten the load for
transportation and storage, and reduce the model weight by about
half. However, the length of 64-1/2 inches (a little under
5-1/2 feet) is compatible with most vehicles, especially with
fold down seats.