I had a very interesting discussion the year before last at the Orlando Miniature Show. This woman was wanting to buy some pieces for a 1/2 scale room. Her first pick was 1/12 scale and her second pick was for 1/4 scale. Both wrong and she would not be satisfied with her selections. She was very sorry she did not bring her tape measure. I gave her a hint that she loved and actually hugged me at the show. I didn't think the tip was all that hug worthy, but maybe you will.
Most of us don't think of carrying a tape measure with us but you have the next best thing. A dollar Bill.
As you can see the dollar bill is the same length as the 6 inch ruler Six inches. What else could be six inches. A full grown man could be about 6 inches - Oops I mean 6 feet tall.
Clearly there could be a little bit of change since not all men are 6 feet tall, but remember for every quarter inch, you gain or lose 4 inches of height.
works for all sizes. See my little quarter scale people. They would be 1/4 the length of a dollar bill or 1 1/2 inches long.
Go armed with at least a dollar and you can always determine scale.
I hope this little tip gets your off on the right foot.
See you tomorrow!