Just curious????

Discussion in 'N / Z Scale Model Trains' started by stripes, Jan 9, 2008.

  1. stripes

    stripes Member

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    How would a 1/144 model airplane look in relation to 1/160 trains??
  2. SD90

    SD90 Active Member

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    I've seen it done before, if it isn't right next to an N scale model, it looks fine.
    Too bad they don't have a standard scale for all models!
  3. Triplex

    Triplex Active Member

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    It seems that almost everything other than trains uses "standard" scales. The only easy scales in use for trains are 1/32 (Gauge 1), 1/48 (O - North America only) and 1/64 (S). No 1/72, 1/96, 1/144, etc.

    In the case of N, it's because it wasn't made to be a specific scale. Unlike older scales like O and HO (but like Z would later be), the scale ratio for N was determined by measuring Arnold Rapido models rather than the other way round.
  4. Herc Driver

    Herc Driver Active Member

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    You can never go wrong with an airplane in any scene.

    (OK OK OK...I know I'm rather biased.)
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    I'm not sure about fixed wing, But rotary wing fits anywhere :thumb:
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    MCL_RDG Member

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    Don't get fooled by the...

    ...feathers. Seems you need to make a choice. Close enough, not.

    The plastic airplane/ship model producers won't build new molds for any scale- they already have the mold and they sell. Heck, I still see the same kits on the shelves since I was kid. That's all anyone would do. I guess the 1:144 looks better in the pocket when yer walking by the girls at school.:p

    Anonomous.

    Mark
  7. umtrr-author

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    It looks fine as long as there isn't anything that can give it away close by, as noted by SD90 above.

    I would suggest putting it back a bit from the front of the layout as a bit of "forced perspective."
  8. stripes

    stripes Member

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    Thanks for the replies guys! I actually model in Horribly Oversized myself. I had bought ALOT of 1/144 airplanes for my aviation site, and was just trying to see if they would work for N-scale as well.

    :idea: Just a thought!!!!

    David
  9. ezdays

    ezdays Out AZ way

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    A few years ago I bought a bunch (around 100) of what looked like close to N scale vehicles. After getting a few on my layout they really looked oversize. Even though they were detailed nicely, I just couldn't use them. I checked their scale and figured they were around 1:150. I kept some that looked like they'd work, a fire engine, a Hummer, a helicopter, and a few trucks. The rest I give out to the grandkids a few at a time when they come over.

    I think a lot of the N scale vehicles that I have are a bit undersized, but oversize does show up a lot more than undersized.
  10. engineshop

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    Some airplanes work okay since they are not very large as the real thing. I am working on the Boeing train with the fuselage on a flat car. The airplane is also 1:144 but I chose the 737-100/200 model with the shortes fuselage which makes up for difference in size.