Cars for O-Scale

What scale cars are most popularily used for O-Scale sets? I can't seem to find much in the 1:48 scale, but I see 1:43, and 1:50. Is there any advantage to either?


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1:43 will make your locomotives look bigger.
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video guy -

Er, uh, just the opposite I believe.

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Steve Caple

1:43 scale locos _will_ be bigger! (compared to 1:50)
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Greg Procter

julvr wrote in news:b758b8ba-382a-4e00-a2a4-

O scale is 1:48. 1:50 is a common scale because of it being a nice round number. You can mix and match to a point, though, so don't worry about everything being the same scale. When mixing and matching, just remember that one thing in a different scale will stick out, but many things in different scales will not.


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Only in the US.

In UK it is 1:43.5 (7mm/ft), and in most of mainland Europe it is 1:45.

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Erik Olsen DK

Sorry, Steve,

You are right, of course. I had my glasses on upside down.

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video guy -

I'd simply say this... a 1:50 model will be closer to a 1:48 model (approximately 4.2% smaller) than a 1:43 model would be (approx. 10.4% bigger). So, all other things being the same, I'd go for the 1:50s if they are readily available.

My 2% worth... : )


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Dan Merkel

Most model vehicles are made overseas, where O scale is 1:43 (this is one scale where the USA is out of step with the rest of the world. At

1:48, O gauge scales out to 5Ft). That's why O scale vehicles are almost always 1:43. 1:50 is one of the diecast collector scales, and is close enough to 1:48 to make little difference (it's 4% too small.)

Put the 1:43 in the foreground, the 1:50 next to or behind the trains. It will create a subtle but pleasant forced perspective effect.


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Wolf K.

"Wolf K." wrote

This really does work. A few months ago a I visited a layout that featured a nicely modeled citrus packing house in one corner.

It wasn't until after I'd admired it for several minutes that I twigged to the fact that the end of the building closest to the wall -furthest from the viewer- featured N-scale windows and loading doors with N-scale trucks backed up to them, while the closest end -with the railroad loading dock- was done in HO.

The impression of depth in the scene was whelming -too subtle to be overwhelming, that is, but was very very effective.


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P. Roehling

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