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1sport - Sixth Scale Skateboard Empty Sixth Scale Skateboard on Sat May 04, 2019 1:21 pm

GubernatorFan

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I recall a discussion from the early days of this not-so-venerable forum, in which members bemoaned the fact that most "sixth-scale" skateboards were undersized or otherwise improperly scaled for most of the figures in this scale. Although I am not at all knowledgeable about skateboards, I do like to pick up items for everyday scenes and came across something that looked promising. It is being sold on eBay by several sellers as an unbranded sixth-scale skateboard; I got mine for $6 (USD) from yy_store17, who had it listed as "1/6 Scale Male Female Scooter scene model For 12" Acrion Figure Doll Toys" (sic!). It comes in a transparent plastic bag with a colorful but unspecific design on the end that simply says "Toys."  (NOTE: other sellers' listings for the same product include a photo of the underside that shows a different, mostly yellow design; as far as I can tell that was replaced or covered up by the mostly blue design you see here -- the yellow shows through at one end.)

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I did a little bit of research, and here is how the skateboard compares to average 1:1 skateboards. They range in width between 18 and 27 cm and in length between 71 and 84 cm (again, on average). This 1:6 skateboard is 4.5 cm wide by 14 cm long, which puts it close to the upper limits of the average 1:1 skateboards when adjusted for scale. Anything longer than that (though usually narrower) would have made it a longboard. At any rate, the product is certainly not undersized for 1:6 scale.

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The 1:6 skateboard features functional, rolling red wheels, and an elaborately decorated underside with spider web patterning, a dramatically damaged skull, and painted drops of blood (as part of the art, not weathering).

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The top side of the skateboard has a yellow rim and within it is glued down a piece of black sandpaper, which presumably helps provide your figures a sure footing.

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Without being really knowledgeable about skateboards, I find nothing really problematic here, except maybe this: the rather solid supports for the wheels make it rather difficult to have your figures hold the skateboard in what is apparently called the mall-grip (see below).

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As usual when showcasing such products, I have kept things simple and avoided any visual trickery and special effects. But you can achieve more dynamic and impressive skateboarding scenes, especially if you resort to dynamic stands, some tape, and photo editing.

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While a relatively simple affair, the 1:6 skateboard appears to be a fully functional and properly scaled piece that can be put to effective use for the protagonists or extras of any modern scene or diorama.

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I hope this has been helpful. What do you think?

#skateboard #sport


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2sport - Sixth Scale Skateboard Empty Re: Sixth Scale Skateboard on Sat May 04, 2019 4:41 pm

MerylAkiba

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Righteous and radical, dude! My brother had the exact same color skateboard, rim, and wheels as a kid, except the skull was wearing a yellow jester hat Very Happy

I had one with Bruce Lee on the bottom, 2 yellow and 2 blue wheels, and a white eagle on the top

back in the good old days when you could use a baseball helmet, and dad said not to pass the end of the block.

3sport - Sixth Scale Skateboard Empty Re: Sixth Scale Skateboard on Sat May 04, 2019 5:45 pm

Stryker2011

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Very nice review. I don't have any personal need for skateboards, but it's cool they are available.


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4sport - Sixth Scale Skateboard Empty Re: Sixth Scale Skateboard on Sat May 04, 2019 8:53 pm

GubernatorFan

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MerylAkiba wrote:Righteous and radical, dude! My brother had the exact same color skateboard, rim, and wheels as a kid, except the skull was wearing a yellow jester hat Very Happy I had one with Bruce Lee on the bottom, 2 yellow and 2 blue wheels, and a white eagle on the top. back in the good old days when you could use a baseball helmet, and dad said not to pass the end of the block.

Thank you very much! Coming from an actual skateboarder like you, this is all the more encouraging!

Stryker2011 wrote:Very nice review. I don't have any personal need for skateboards, but it's cool they are available.

Thank you very much! I feel much like you do, but couldn't resist picking it up -- both because it was cool and just in case. Let's face it: on a certain level we don't have much personal need for any of this.


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5sport - Sixth Scale Skateboard Empty Re: Sixth Scale Skateboard on Sat May 04, 2019 11:18 pm

BAD WOLF-787

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Great review and cool looking skateboard.


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6sport - Sixth Scale Skateboard Empty Re: Sixth Scale Skateboard on Sun May 05, 2019 6:39 am

Eph


Not bad find, but Your presentation is the best. The skater poses looks like so real

7sport - Sixth Scale Skateboard Empty Re: Sixth Scale Skateboard on Sun May 05, 2019 7:21 am

skywalkersaga

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Great find! And yes, I agree with Eph.... even better presentation! Smile


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8sport - Sixth Scale Skateboard Empty Re: Sixth Scale Skateboard on Sun May 05, 2019 1:04 pm

GubernatorFan

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BAD WOLF-787 wrote:Great review and cool looking skateboard.

Eph wrote:Not a bad find, but Your presentation is the best. The skater poses look so real

skywalkersaga wrote:Great find! And yes, I agree with Eph.... even better presentation! Smile

Thank you all! I'm glad you liked it, and especially flattered you found my rather basic photos good. While I had an idea of a few poses I should recreate, I also did a quick search for additional inspiration. But without resorting to dynamic stands and photo editing, I've kept it pretty simple.


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