Let's start at the beginning. The Alnavco product sheet listed the figures in Superior Models' Starfleet Wars miniatures range under the category "STARFLEETS STARSHIP MODELS (1:1200-1:9600 Scale)." The center pages of the Starfleet Wars rules booklet consist of a chart with stats for the initial SfW line of minis, along with a note at the bottom of the page telling players
This scale of STAR SHIPS can be used with any of the following scales: 1:1200, 1:2400, 1:4800, 1:9600 or any other scale.So what scale, exactly, are these miniatures? What's the "official" word, according to the creators' own works? Let's grab a ruler and the Observer's Directory & Identification Manual so we can find out.
OK, the ODIM gives us the dimensions of fighters and super galactic dreadnoughts as part of the Starfleet Wars setting background. The manual gives the Terran Victory-class SGDN dimensions of 1482.2 x 636.4 x 333.7 (presumably in meters). Divide the length by the given scales gives you the following possible model sizes, rounded to the nearest millimeter:
Scale Length WidthIn other words, if the mini was 1/1200th the size of the "real" Victory, the scale model would be over 1.2 meters long! I don't think I could lift that much solid metal. My own measurements confirm the actual model is quite smaller, at 152mm by 64mm. Therefore, adjusting for any errors in my measurements or bad eyesight, it looks like the "official" scale for the Starfleet Wars ship models is 1:9600.
1:1200 1235 530
1:2400 618 265
1:4800 309 133
1:9600 154 66
I'll double-check just to make sure, checking the official length agains my numbers for the minis I own:
"Actual" length Measured lengthWell, the math works out for the Gryphon (pictured at the top of this post), Polecat, and Swarm; they're all around 1:9600 scale, so it's safe to assume the remaining super galactic dreadnought is as well. Assuming the other starship classes are also in this scale, we can then work out real-world dimensions for other vessels based on the size of the models. This is left as an exercise for the reader.
Gryphon 1391.5m 142mm
Polecat 1331.0 137
Swarm 1402.0* 141
Typhoon 1346.1 n/a**
* ODIM gives length as 140.20, presumably this is a typographical error.
** Measurement not available, as I don't have this miniature in my collection.
So what about the Superior Models star fighters? Are they in the same scale as the Superior Models spaceships? Read Part 2 to find out ...