32 or 33?

Discussion in 'Aircraft & Aviation' started by desney, Oct 16, 2010.

  1. desney

    desney New Member

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    i have seen aircraft models in 1:32 and 1:33, i feel the difference of one is not really noticeable but i just want to know why would someone create a model in 1:33 when 1:32 is the more common scale...(or is it vice versa?)
  2. MBig

    MBig New Member

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    Its 3% different. Many times designers make greater errors.
  3. cgutzmer

    cgutzmer Active Member

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    One scale is kinda the norm in Europe (32) and the other is more the norm in America (33) not sure why, I suppose we just like to mess with stuff.....
    Chris
  4. alang

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    That's interesting. I would have expected 1:32 to be the (old) British and American scale, being 3/16 inch to the foot. In the metric world 1:33 (or in fact probably 1:33.333...) would make more sense. I agree with MBig, though - in the face of all the other discrepancies the difference is unlikely to matter much for us lesser mortals.

    Alan
  5. Wojtee

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    Polish airplane models are usually in 1:33, too.
    Imperial vs. metric is the right trace to answer. Pretty much the same as with 1:48 vs. 1:50.