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Scale

A representation or copy of an object that is larger or smaller than the actual size of the object. The scale is the ratio of the model to the full-size object.

If the scale is 1:100 and you are building a model of a boat that is 35m long in it's fullsize version then the model should be 0.35m long.

Some scales are listed below along with examples of where that scale is commonly used:


1:2 scale

  • 6" scale traction engine - that is 6" to 1ft - so half scale.


1:3 scale

  • 4" scale traction engine - that is 4" to 1ft - so 1/3 scale.


1:4 scale

  • 3" scale traction engine - that is 3" to 1ft - so 1/4 scale.


1:6 scale

  • 2" scale traction engine - that is 2" to 1ft - so 1/6 scale.


1:8 scale

  • 1.5" scale traction engine - that is 1.5" to 1ft - so 1/8 scale.


1:12 scale

  • Dolls houses - most common scale for dolls houses
  • 1" scale traction engine - that is 1" to 1ft - so 1/12 scale.


1:24 scale

  • Dolls houses - there are some models made to this scale, but 1/12th is more common.


1:32 scale

  • Scalextric


1:35 scale

  • Military plastic kits such as those by Tamiya.


1:43 scale

  • Diecast model cars made popular by Dinky and Corgi.


1:43.5 scale

  • 7mm scale trains.


1:45 scale

  • 0 Gauge trains.


1:64 scale

  • Matchbox and Hotwheels.


1:72 scale

  • Aircraft plastic kits such as those made by Airfix.


1:87 scale

  • H0 trains.


1:160 scale

  • N Gauge trains.


1:220 scale

  • Z Gauge trains.