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From: WWI Modeling Page (http://www.wwi-models.org)

"Excellent accuracy (I compared them to some very accurate engineers scales I have and they matched up great.) The lettering is on the top surface which should increase durability. They carry cards in all popular model and railroad scales including ship scales."  Allan Wright

From: 1/87 Vehicle & Equipment Club (Newsletter)

"If you have a habit of always heading for the toy section of your local market, or the toy shop in you local mall, then you will want to look at this product very closely. It is true that 1/87th rulers are available, but my experience with these is that they are cumbersome to carry around conveniently. When using them I frequently found myself going back to my car to get the ruler. The Scale Card solves that problem. It is the size of a credit card, so as long as you have your wallet your card will be there for use. Besides having a 3" scale rule, this card also has some very unique features. It has a section that allows you to measure the diameter of circular objects (From an 11.58in. to a 12.3 ft. scale circle). THere are also three correctly proportioned figures, a 6ft. male, a 5ft8in. female and 24in. one year old. It is accurate to +/- 0.02in. I have used this card numerous times and it is handling the rigors of being pulled out and pushed into my wallet. I have saved myself both money and maddening frustration in being able to turn down purchases that I swore were about right, but weren't. The cards are only $3.95 (now $4.95) each, and are available in 26 different scales from 1:12 to 1:700. If your local train or hobby shop doesn't have one you can order it by visiting www.thescalecard.com, or write P.O. Box 1078, Highland CA 92346-1078. I would never have guessed that such a durable piece of plastic could be so valuable. If you think I'm overdoing the praises, buy it and try it. I think you'll find it hard to improve on (saying it isn't long enough is cheating, 'cause then you're back to running out to the car!) Very impressive."   [Wayne Calder]

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From: Outdoor Railroader (Vol 4 #6)

"The SCALE RULES from The Scale Card fill a big void in tools available to large scale modelers. First, because their length of two feet enables us to measure most structures, locomotives, and rolling stock without the necessity of making a tick mark, re-setting the rule, measuring the extra length, and adding together the two distances. And second, because the rule's measurements reportedly are accurate to a minimum of .02-inch. Other rules are on the market but, for various reasons few seem to have achieved the same level of accuracy.

The Scale Card's rules are clear, tough, flexible plastic. Their flexibility allows you to measure circumferences and their clarity lets you see your work through the rule. A plastic rule also is less likely than a metal rule to scratch or nick delicate paint jobs or other plastics."  Russ Reinberg - Editor

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From: The All-Gauge Model Railroading (http://thortrains)

"Most of the precision items used by hobbyists were designed for other purposes.  Things like X-acto knives, Dremel drills and jeweler's saws were meant for professional use.  Hobbyists quickly adopted them.  Rarely has any precision device been made strictly for the hobby, and those few were of mediocre quality.

The Scale card proved an exception to the rule.  For the first time, there is a precision tool made strictly for the hobby.  The Scale Card comes in a wide variety of popular and little-known scales, including model railroading, toy soldier, model car, plane, and ship scales. Each includes a linear measure in scale feet - some are also available in metric.  Included are all of the scales attendant to G Gauge, the major and minor scales for model cars and planes, military model scales, and wargaming scales.  There are even separate cards for 1/32 and 1/35, and for 1/43 and 1/43.5.   (Cards available in 1/12, 1/16, 1/19, 1/20.3, 1/22.5, 1/24, 1/25, 1/29, 1/32, 1/35, 1/43, 1/43.5, 1/48, 1/64, 1/72, 1/76, 1/87.1, 1/96, 1/120, 1/144, 1/160, 1/192, 1/220, 1/350, 1/700, and the wargame scales.)  Large scale cards provide linear measure in scale feet and inches, bar scales, and average human figures for the scale.  These figures also have marks delineating average height and below average for male and female.  As large scale modelers do a lot of human figures, it's a plus.  Small scale cards have small line drawings of human figures, too.  However, the small scale cards include a graph for determining the scale diameter of a circle.  Just place the circle (wheel, grill, etc) on the chart and you instantly find its scale diameter.  At 2 inches by 3 4/14 inches, these cards fit into a pocket easily.  Their size makes them very handy.

The Scale Cards - definitely worth having!

We were skeptical, at first, when we heard claims made for the Scale Card.  Though we hoped it was as good as claimed, we resigned ourselves to the possibility that it might be just another ho-hum thing.  Two Scale cards were sent to us for review - an N scale version and the 1/32 version, allowing us to examine both the small and large scale styles.

When The Scale card arrived, I submitted it to comparison with precise measures: a desktop publishing rule, typographer's rule and engineering rules. The cards were compared with standard SAE, metric, point-pica and decimal inch scales.  Precision was confirmed.  Next, we put them to use.  They made our work very convenient.  We did not have to figure each measurement.  It was as simple as using the card as a ruler. The diameter scale on the N card was terrific.  Anyone who has measured diameters in small scales knows what a pain it is.  With the Scale Card, it was a snap.

Quite impressive was the convenience of having cards in scales that do not readily convert to metric or linear measure.  The 1/32 card does the work - saving time by cutting out all that multiplication ,subtraction, etc.  Having worked 1/32 in the 70s, I can attest to the benefit of the card.

Both the N and 1/32 cards measured in scale feet and inches.  The N card is marked in 3 inch increments - that's right, 3 inch!  Since 1/160 is 2mm to the scale foot, imagine 3-inch delineations within the space of 2mm!  The 1/32 card is marked in inches and feet.  No more of the oddball math - just use the card!  A black bar graph on each made other measurement a snap.

These cards were designed for hobbyists by someone who has obviously fumed and fretted like the rest of us.  How else would he have known to add such features as black bars and a diameter chart?  And make a scale that measured a disk as 22.60 scale feet?  The precision afforded by both cards was admirable.  At 4 bucks a pop, they're just too good to pass up.  (Which is why they are ensconced now in the train room - where we will be using them for our projects.)

Serious scale modelers will find The Scale Cards a valuable and convenient pal.  Toy soldier fans will love the 1/32 card - it's a must for any military modeler or toy soldier collector.  As for the N scale card - don't work N without it!  Why fudge scale when one simple tool will give you an accurate measure every time?

As far as we're concerned, the Scale Card sold itself!

And having worked scale models in the 60s and 70s, I really appreciate these little cards.

To get a card of your own, click here to The Scale Card website."   Thor

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From: Finescale Railroader (formerly Outdoor Railroader) Jan 2000 (http://www.finescalerr.com)

"... has new, two foot long, see-through, flexible plastic rules for 1:13.7 (7/8-inch) and metric HO/N scales. Each is accurate to 1/145-inch. Finescale Railroader uses The Scale Card scale rules excusively for products reviews and modeling projects we consider them the most accurate on the market."  Russ Reinberg

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From: S gaugian Jan/Feb 2001

"The Scale Rule is a six-inch ruler, 23 [typo should be 32] S scale feet in length. The ruler may be read to within two S scale inches, about 1/3" of a real inch. Some estimating will be required for measurements which are not an even increment of two inches. While this may limit the effectiveness of the ruler for construction projects, it is not a problem when the ruler is used as an estimating scale at a train show or hobby shop.

The Scale Rule also features two subscales, one in O gauge, the other in HO gauge. Each is about three real inches long, about 12' in O scale, 22' feet in HO scale.

All the scales begin just in from the edge of the ruler, so the first inch will not change as the ruler ends change with normal wear and tear. The black lettering and graduation are very sharp and easy to read against the clear background of the ruler.

The Scale Card ruler is one those handy little ideas that everyone needs, but no one ever produces, This little measuring tool is small, flexible and easy to carry to a hobby shop or a train show. No more need to guess about sizes or use a real ruler and try to divide by 64."  Richard Ward  [1/3" should be 1/32" - Editor]

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From: Light Iron Digest Oct/Nov 1999

"The Scale Card has their new 1:13.7 (7/8 inch) scale rule out. THe rule is 24 inches long covering a scale 27 feet 4-1/2 inches. The rule ;measures in half inch increments and is accurate to within 1/145th of a scale inch. It is made of flexible plastic, will not damage models and can be used to measure the circumference on objects within a diameter as little as one inch (we checked and it works). The rule has HO and O scales for simple conversion from popular scale plans.

The Scale Rule is $12.95 and will of (be) of tremendous help to the 7/8 inch crowd."  Martha Sharp

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From: Garden Railways April 2000

With the growing interest in 1:13.7 scale (7/8" = 1'-0"), scaratchbuilders and kit bashers will welcome this new scale rule. It's made of a tough plastic and you'll have to work at it to scratch the printed-on lettering. Gradations are finely and evenly marked and you can measure down to a scale 1/2", making estimates at 1/4" increments relatively easy. The 1:13.7 measurements are along the top edge of the rule, which is 27'-4" long in scale.

Across the bottom edge are an HO-scale rule and an O-scale rule, which can used for accurately redrawing plans printed in these scale to the larger scale. There is a little material left over at either end of the scale. In case the end of the rule becomes worn or damaged from use, it is this excess material that takes abuse, leaving the actual scale intact and in good condition. This is a well thought out and well-made product."

Pros: Crisp, clear printing; demarcations down to one-half of a scale inch in 1:13.7; HO and O scales aid in scaling up small-scale plans; flexible plastic enable measuring non-flat surfaces; printing accurate to +/_ 1/145 of a scale inch

Cons: None

Marc Horovitz

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From: Ztrack Sep/Oct 2000

Z scalers have long lacked tools so easily found in other scales. It is welcomed when a company moves forward to release a product for most scales, including Z, The Scale Card is one of those companies who has released a tool specialized for the Z market.

As the name implies, The Scale Card is just that. It is a clear plastic card which offers modelers a variety of measurement and scale check options.

On the side and bottom, a scale ruler is printed, including real wold (sic) inches. Used together like a carpenter's square, you can find a slope. Figures are printed on the card to illustrate scale in Z scale. A male, female and one year old figures are printed. The male is six foot male and matches commercially made Z scale figures very well.

A diameter chart is included to measure Z scale circular diameters. The diameters area scaled at 12" intervals. Finally a quick reference measurement bar graph is printed on the card. This measurement illustrates 1" (sic), 2" (sic) and 3" (sic) [should read 3", 6" and 12"].

The Scale Card is a great tool for modelers. No doubt it will find a home on your workbench or in your train case.

(No attribution)

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From: Finescale Railroader Jan 2001

"The Scale Card ... says, 'You asked for them so here they are!' Their superbly accurate, durable, clear, flexible 24 inch long plastic scale rules now are available in six inch lengths. Current scales include 1:13.7, 1:20.3, 1:22.5, 1:24, 1:29, 1:32, 1:64, and one with both 1:48 and 1:87.1. We use their rules exclusively at FR."   Russ Reinberg

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