HO Scale Tubing question/s

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jdetray

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Thanks Bob, I'll take a look. I think, if as Lynn said a pole is 12" in diameter, then that will be about 1/16th of an inch scaled (approx) I think if my math is any good.
Not in HO scale, Carol. To convert a real-world dimension to HO scale, simply divide by 87. So . . .
12"/87 = 0.137" (to the nearest 1/1000")

Therefore, in HO scale, you could use 1/8" (0.125") tubing to represent a 12" pole. The 1/8" tubing would be slightly undersized, but I doubt if anyone will notice! If you can find some 9/64" (0.140") tubing, that would be more accurate.

- Jeff
 

Smudge617

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After looking at some of the cost of pre wired Street Lights (of good quality) I thought I might give making my own a go.

As such, what size/gauge tubing would I need for the poles?
I take it when you say good quality, you mean expensive.
Have to admit I use Chinese ones (£7 for ten 2 light lamp poles inc p&p) there now 3 years old, so far two single LEDs don't work out of the 25 I have, and one of them was my fault.
 

rbwhale

Member
Ah yeah sure I do - it's in the box labelled "what the hell is this" :) Short answer, nope :(



Thanks Bob, I'll take a look. I think, if as Lynn said a pole is 12" in diameter, then that will be about 1/16th of an inch scaled (approx) I think if my math is any good.
12 inches in HO scale (1:87) is more like .14 inches, or a little over an eighth inch.
 




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