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    Use metric when building my models as it is easier to use and more accurate and less confusing. (Fractions of an inch come to mind.) I use imperial for everything else.

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    Cascade would be happy his tongue in cheek thread is still live after 9 years! Another Trainzer who disappeared suddenly like Ed (euphod).

    In Blender you don't need to use imperial or metric as they have a None option. Originally I thought it was equivalent to a metre but now I think its an abstract measurement. i.e. it can be anything you want.

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    Those dang Poms...give them 2.54cm & they'll take 1.609km every time!! Well, I'm off for 568mls of best bitter
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    Metric huge con forced on the UK. As our government at the time was so desperate to join the old EEC.

    Now there is a campaign to revert a lot of measurement back to imperial.

    I never stopped thinking in yards, feet and inches, or pounds, shillings and pence.

    Always convert back automatically, when presented with metric.

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    Quote Originally Posted by IsambardKingdomBrunel View Post
    Metric huge con forced on the UK. As our government at the time was so desperate to join the old EEC.

    Now there is a campaign to revert a lot of measurement back to imperial.

    I never stopped thinking in yards, feet and inches, or pounds, shillings and pence.

    ... and your user name says it all. The 7ft gauge used by Mr Brunel in his Great Western Railway should become the new "national standard" with a change-over "break-of-gauge" transfer point in the middle of the Channel. That will show up those meddling Europeans for daring to impose their silly 10 to 100 to 1000 metric conversion system (in all measurement) on the very sensible and easy to use UK versions:-

    • inch to foot to yard to mile (1 to 12 to 36 to 63,360)
    • ounce to pound to ton (1 to 16 to 35,850)
    • teaspoon to tablespoon to fluid ounce to pint to quart to gallon (UK not US - 1 to 3 to 4.8 to 96 to 192 to 768)


    As for the UK currency, well I hear that the pound is not worth much these days and what is it - 1 pound (not to be confused with weights) = 20 shillings = 240 pence = 480 halfpennies = 960 farthings? And then there is that ridiculous unit the guinea which was worth 1 pound and 1 shilling.

    Yes, Boris is finally on the right track for once.


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    You forgot all those other really useful length measurements, all of which I had to learn when I was at school in England: Chains, Furlongs, Rods, Poles and Perches. We had to learn how to convert between all of these and yes it was a long time ago.You also forgot to specify whether it should be Troy ounces or Avoirdupois.

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    Ahhh. Thank you for those corrections.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pware View Post

    As for the UK currency, well I hear that the pound is not worth much these days and what is it - 1 pound (not to be confused with weights) = 20 shillings = 240 pence = 480 halfpennies = 960 farthings? And then there is that ridiculous unit the guinea which was worth 1 pound and 1 shilling.
    Keep in mind that £1 was once worth 1 troy pound of silver. Unfortunately, as of July 1st, 2022, 1 troy pound of silver is equivalent of £201.72.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jordon412 View Post
    Keep in mind that £1 was once worth 1 troy pound of silver. Unfortunately, as of July 1st, 2022, 1 troy pound of silver is equivalent of £201.72.
    Dang It! I knew I should have taken my Great Grandfather's advice and invest in silver.

    "Troy Pounds" - is there no end to the joys of the Imperial measurement system? Since full metrication here back in the 1970s, I do not miss the "Imperials".
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    In 2022 horses are still traded in guineas, a very traditional sport.
    I an 12 stone 11 pounds. Keep your kgs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ghost42 View Post
    In 2022 horses are still traded in guineas, a very traditional sport.
    Yes, they still use furlongs, no-one else does. What is that in any sensible measurement?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ghost42 View Post
    I an 12 stone 11 pounds
    What is that in Troy Ounces?

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    I'm 11.6 stone, or 163 lbs, or 13.58 (13.6) Troy lbs.

    One Troy ounce equals:

    31.1 grams, or

    12 oz. in a Troy pound, so it's a bit short. (There are 16 oz. in a lb.)

    Alan weighs almost 169 lbs., so that makes him 14. Troy lbs. (or would that be one Troy stone? )

    For metric to imperial

    Here's a nice website for converting either way for those of us who don't want to think. The cool thing about this site is it gives the handy math formulas too.

    Metric Conversion charts and calculators (metric-conversions.org)
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    Quote Originally Posted by JCitron View Post
    I'm 11.6 stone, or 163 lbs, or 13.58 (13.6) Troy lbs.
    According to my calculations you are about equal to 0.02 elephants (not sure if that is Indian or African). A much more practical unit than the Imperial weight measurements, IMHO.
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    I'm sure both methods do an adequate job, though I suspect the metric does a more adequate job.

    I used the old pounds, shillings and pence and managed to buy things, we converted to metric and I still managed to buy things. Sadly whether measured in stones or kilograms, I'm still overweight

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    Some very smart bar staff back then if you order six different drinks for instance, no till that works it out for you, a bit like being the scorer at darts but on steroids.
    A metric height is something I cannot get my mind to 'see', if a building is 30 feet tall a quick conversion is 9 metres approx but I have to do the math (if required)

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