Tuesday, November 27, 2007


So you want to get into model building but you are wondering which scale to go into. The scale is usually determined by a couple of factors. First, what do you want to build? Cars, planes, boats and armor have their own scales and very few share them. What kind of space do you have? You'll start with one kit, but soon enough you might run out of space, think about that. The bigger the scale number, the smaller the model. So what are the scales available out there? let's have a look:

  • Cars : 1/12, 1/16, 1/20, 1/24, 1/25, 1/32, 1/43 and 1/87 (HO train scale)
  • Planes: 1/32, 1/48, 1/72, 1/144
  • Boats and Sci Fi ships have there own scales, you also have figurines that are measured in different ways as well and you finally have all the train scales (Don't dismiss the train stuff, there's a lot of cool stuff available that can be carried over for dioramas)
The main thing to remember is space. Also, don't forget that the bigger the model, the more details you'll have to attend to. This is not to say that smaller models don't have any details, if anything the challenge is even bigger and some have surprised many.

Remember, it's all about having fun.

Gerry :)


ZAPPDOG said...

hi ya gerry
i just noticed the tiny plane. what is it? and what scale is that ? scratch built ?
those vw buses look pretty neat in different scales. i have a 1/12 57 chev and a 1/32 all i need is a 1/24.
i keep coming back here when thinking of models.

Gerry Lauzon said...

The plane is 1/72 scale Fokker Eindecker from Eduard's.

Gerry :)