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(To be honest I think it looks out of scale with the modulars.)
The scale is close in numbers, but the difference is enough that for me it just looks wrong with the modulars. If it looks okay to you, though, go for it. :)
Still room for the car alongside it too. Only thing that has to be moved is the traffic light.
In terms of things lining up, this is the corner opposite the GB HQ in NYC. None of the windows or floors line up from building to building. Everything from floor height, to window size is wildly out of whack, not just building height.
The bottom line, as ever, is "do *you* like it?". End of. :-)
And then there's the Ecto. It matches the firehouse, but there's no way it matches the other buildings.
I think it's 20% too big.
I'll leave it at this...
well.... that GB HQ will also be one of those sets to keep misb!
Looks a bit like the Monster Cat from the Monty Python's Flying Circus "Killer cars" segment :-)
As I think I said earlier in this thread, you're either going to add it to your City and accept the differences, or you won't. :-)
Edit: Yay! 1,000 posts on here! :) :) :)
By the way, why is this continuing? Its clearly a matter of personal choice/opinion. Some of us think that the GB firehouse looks out of scale to modulars (especially the new ones) and some of us think they look great next to each other. I can't see anyone about to change their minds based on what 'real' cities look like.
I think it just depends on your "city" layout and how unique/creative you are with it. If you have MOC structures or other tidbits here and there it could be a great addition - either way; I think ANY layout with the GBHQ added is an improvement. :)
And with respect to Paris and London, again, not a criticism. When I think of sky-scrapery skylines, Paris and London aren't at the top of the list. (Major cities in North America and Asia tend to have those types of skylines.)
I don't see anything bad in continuing this.
Nobody wants to change other people's opinions, just comparing them, it is the aim of any forum, isn't it?
I was only asking myself what makes people thinking of a Modular being or not being out of scale, considering that every modular is builded around minifig scale, so, too big in comparison with what, out of scale with what?. It was just curiosity, nothing else.
For example, you can say that Ghostbusters HQ has different features than those of modulars (hinges, opening), higher than modulars, we can say it's bigger than modulars, but how can we say it is out of scale considering it's based on minifig scale?
But overall, yes I do think it will still be a little too tall in comparison. Certainly there is always variety in heights of buildings, but something does feel off.
I've never been to NYC, so I was unaware of the mish-mash of buildings there.
I do worry though considering the overall height/size of the HQ that when you do line it up next to a modular, that back will be exposed. Unlike most modulars that have a questionable color scheme somewhere, it can get hidden.
I know that was mentioned in other posts, but does anyone plan on rectifying that?
If you measure one dimension of a minifig and then calculate what the other dimensions should be, most of the time they're wrong. In a sense "minifig scale" is a range of scales, so buildings using different ones can all be considered to "match" a minifig in some respect, but the buildings won't necessarily match each other. It's like using an elastic ruler.
Not completely true.
The Death star is builded in minifig scale for all its sub-scenarios, but the overall building is over-simplified, cramped - of course beautiful - and completely out of minifig scale (like obviously for all the biggest spaceships of Star Wars).
Regarding the modulars, don't make confusion between the concepts of simplified and out of minifigure scale. All Lego buildings or vehicles which are intended to suit with minifigures, for obvious reasons, have some restrictions in terms of space available. The nature itself of the minifigure is 2x1 studs, not 1x1, it is doubled in width, so it must be all the world around it. It is from here that comes all the necessity to ration the space around it and all the unnecessary repetitions. But this affect the quantity, not the scale: there are few tables, but those are in scale.