Is there a standard length and width for a particular scale size?
Such as a 1/8 scales is X length and X wide? (in relation to die casts)
Any help would be appreciated or a web page that will give the info
Scale is relative to the original size of the actual object- I have a 1/18
diecast Citroen 2CV on the shelf next to the same scale Auburn Boattail
Roadster. Guess which model is bigger?
Scale only means the larger the denominator of the fraction describing the
scale, the smaller the model is. A 1/144 model is half the size of a 1/72
model of the same object. Sorry about using big words like denominator, but
I am a math teacher ;)
Not entirely sure what you're asking, but I'll use the shotgun approach and see
if we can
Particular scale size of what exactly? Depends on what you're scaling. If it's
figure that's easy enough. Std male height is around 6 feet or 72". Dividing
that by the
scale factor (18 in this case) yields 4". Under those conditions, results being
model people, 4" is the standard scale length. Aside from several lines of
police and spec
ops action figures in 3 3/4" - 4" length, I'm not aware of too much product that
a 1/18th need. 100mm is a close approximate, so any figure you see listed at
that size will
work. Because we're talking about human figures (which vary in height) there is
of course a
fudge factor available.
To reply, get the HECK out of there
Actually, many three dimensional maps have different scales for vertical and
horizontal dimensions. This serves to accentuate the vertical features and
make details visible that would otherwise be lost.
Since there is such a range of sizes among the original subjects, any
particular "envelope" won't fit everything. Like in die cast cars, while
the majority of sedans would fit a common size box, a little sports car
or big SUV in the same scale would not. For a time, many model airplanes
came in "box scale" regardless of the proportional size of the original,
they all were made to fit a common box. Car model makers have usually
kept to hard and fast scales to maintain proper proportion.
Jim, does that imply that you possess instruments of maths instruction?..
sorry.. with all the Hussein stuff going around, I couldn't resist..
I'm also a teacher and have a bit too much time on my hands today.. gotta go
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The "scale" of any model is the size of that particular subject, expressed as a
particular fraction of the size of the real subject. For example: 1:18 scale
tells us that if one puts 18 of any one model end-to-end (or with a car, which
I think you are referring to) with the bumpers touching, the total length of
the row of 18 models, all alike, touching each other, should equal the length
of one real car of the same kind.
I suspect that perhaps you might be discovering that not all 1:18 scale
diecasts are in truth 1:18 scale! This is especially true with the
lower-priced "1:18" scale diecasts, such as one finds in the large discount
department stores (Walmart, etc).
Why? Well in the mass-merchandising stores such as Walmart, Target etc., shelf
space is everything, and I mean everything! The larger the item, the fewer of
them can be put in the same space on the shelves. This can make it necessary
to compromise to a smaller scale when the car being replicated would be too
large for the allotted shelf space were it to be truly 1:18 scale.
Or, the manufacturer may simply not pay close attention to the overall scale,
even the proportions of the model.
As an example, about a year ago, I put calipers and calculator to Sunstar's
1957 Studebaker Golden Hawk, which is a $25-range diecast, advertised all over
the packaging as being "1:18 Scale". I then compared these measurements with
my reference photographs of a real (1:1 scale) 1957 Studebaker Golden Hawk,
which car resides in the Studebaker National Museum in South Bend, Indiana. I
was given full, unfettered access to this car, so was able not only to
photograph it from all angles, but also to measure the critical dimensions of
the car. My findings?
Sunstar's 1:18 scale Golden Hawk is about 1:19 scale in overall length, right
at 1:17 scale in width, the "greenhouse" (the roof, from the bottom of the
windshield to the bottom of the rear window is also 1:17 scale, and the height
of the roof, from beltline (the bottom line of the side windows) to the top is
an astounding 1:16 scale!
Some larger so-called 1:18 scale cars (particularly at the lower price ranges!)
are even more inaccurately presented. I've seen 1959 Cadillac Eldorados and
even 1959 Chevrolet Impalas presented to the consumer as 1:18 scale, which in
their width, they are, but when one puts the calipers to the model, then
compares the measurements of the models to the well-known and widely published
dimensions of the real car, they turn out to be 1:18 scale in width and height,
but as small as 1:20 in length. This, I assume, is either due to a lack of
real information about the real, prototype car, or a perceived need to "scrunch
down" the model for a particular size box.
Now, if all model cars are truly to the same scale, you would see the same
variations in size (length, width and height) in them that you would see in
real life. All cars are not the same size, as you no doubt know, so if the
models you see and buy are truly done in the same scale, then they will also be
differently sized, just like the real ones.
I've noticed a random scaling of some toy soldier type sets. The figures
are, I assume 1/32 or so, so any vehicles included are 1/32 as well.
Like some helo that looks nothing like a real one (maybe it's a
Sikorsky!) or an F-16 that's about 5 inches long & a bunch of 1/48 size
tanks. But it's called 1/32 all over. I've seen some 1/72 airport sets.
Looks like most of the vehicles are 1/100-1/72, the figures are about
1/48 & the airliners would be around 1/600-1/400, street barricades &
signage between 1/32 & 1/48 maybe, but it's labeled as 1/72 scale.