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Tips for understanding and converting scale model ratios

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By Christopher Appoldt
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All right: 1/72 scale are the little planes, and 1/32 are the great big ones. 1/35 scale is what they make armor models in, but those huge Airfix airplane kits… are in 1/24? I thought that was a car scale! Scales can be confusing, especially for beginners in the modeling hobby.

Many modelers have never thought of collecting "just one" scale of aircraft, and are even befuddled when they open a kit box and find the plane half the size of the last one they purchased. What do the scales mean? What scales are available, and what types of kits are available in which scales?

If you're still confused, take a look at the information and chart in this PDF.
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JAMES SMITH from NEW YORK said:
These are articles that most modelers would want to put in a binder for reference
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NICHOLAS MOORE said:
An extremely handy article, especially as I'm scaling plans up for a Spitfire at the moment and was a bit lost. The table is great as a ready reference. Thanks Christopher.
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ALBERT SCHEWE from ALABAMA said:
i like these articles very helpful
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RON DUNSTER said:
Modelers: This is a handy chart that can be 3-hole punched and put in a binder with other data on scales.
Very good data for drawing reduction and drawing enlargement.
Also has the metric scale in there for cross-reference.
Take a look and read. That's what its for.
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