I have recently developed the useful and somewhat surprising facility for making my own serviceable 1:6 scale stuff. I go through the following process, demonstrated for example’s sake with an electric wheelchair:
- I want a 1:6 scale electric wheelchair.
- Let me search for a commercially produced one.
- There are no commercially produced ones, or they are too expensive.
- I’ll have to make one.
- Let’s break down the electric wheelchair into its simplest components, which I may be more likely to find in 1:6 scale.
- An electric wheelchair looks like an office chair on top of a lawn mower.
- I have procured an office chair, but I can’t find a lawn mower.
- I will have to use a 1:18 scale ForTwo Smart Car instead.
- [Construction ensues.]
The key steps, I think, are 5 and 6. I’m currently planning to scratch-build two 1:6 scale things, not necessarily because I need them, but because I want to see if I can.
The first is a tape dispenser, which is basically a block with a channel down the center and a roll of tape half-submerged in the channel. I know exactly how I want to make this; I just need to sit down and actually do it.
The second is a grandfather clock. I started coveting a functioning 1:6 scale grandfather clock on the Doll Page Show and Sell site, but $33.00 for something I don’t really neeeeeeed seemed too rich to me. Even when I got the idea that the dead version of Isabel could come and go in Isabel’s room through the door in the clock, I still couldn’t bring myself to spend north of $30.00 for one.
I’m perfectly willing to make one, however. A grandfather clock is basically a clock face on top of a locker, so, once I find the appropriate 1:6 scale locker/narrow cupboard with working door, I have the base for a modern grandfather clock!