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We hope that you will find a useful information that will help you in selecting the appropriate scale for your future Architectural or Urban Model.

Please, feel free to contact us if you wish to create link from your web site to this page or add more information about scales and scale selection for Architectural and Urban Models.

 
Architectural Scales

Standard architectural scales are different, although some of them are close to the standard scales acknowledged in the model/hobby industry. Such similarities allow us to provide high quality scenery elements for architectural models.
Below is a table showing some of the most usable architectural model scales along with transcription to standard US inch/foot scales and recommended scales for accessories/scenery elements.

 

International Scale

1 on the model based equivalent

1' of the origin based equivalent

Other equivalent

Recommended standard scales for scenery elements

Architectural Models

1:10

1 = 10

 

 

  1:9

1:20

1 = 20

 

 

  1:22.5

1:25

1 = 25

 

 

  1:24

1:24 *

1=2'

1/2=1'

 

  1:24 , 1:22.5

1:32

1=2.66'

3/8=1'

 

  1:32 , 1:35

1:48

1=4'

1/4=1'

 

  1:48 , 1:50

1:50 *

1=4.16'

 

 

  1:50 , 1:48

1:75

1=6.25'

3/16=1'

 

  1:72, 1:76

1:100*

1=8.33'

1/8=1'

 

  1:100, 1:87(HO)

1:125

1=10'

3/32=1'

 

  1:122(TT), 1:100

1:150

1=12.5'

 

 

  1:160(N)

1:160*

1=13.33'

 

3/4=10'

  1:160(N)

1:200*

1=16.66'

1/16=1'

 

  1:220(Z)

1:240*

1=20'

 

 

  1:220(Z)

1:250

1=20.83'

 

 

  1:220(Z)???

Urban Models

1:300

1=25'

 

 

  1:287

1:360

1=30'

 

 

  N/A

1:384

 

1/32=1'

 

  N/A

1:480*

1=40'

 

 

  1:500

1:500*

1=41.66'

 

 

  1:500

1:600

1=50'

 

 

  1:500???

1:1000

1=83.3'

 

 

  N/A

1:1200*

1=100'

 

 

  N/A

1:2000*

1=166.6'

 

 

  N/A

1:2400*

1=200'

 

 

N/A

  * the most recognizable scales

 

Scale Selection

It is not easy to select the right scale for architectural model. We have to consider the model's purpose and content, target audience, space available for presentation, model's mobility and functionality, as well as budget and a deadline. We often recommend to the customer to reduce an initially planned scale in order to save money and fabrication time when we are confident that we will represent all the important features on a downsized model. Or, we might recommend the same if the model is meant to be moved frequently from place to place. Such a situation is the most sensitive in terms of scale selection. The size and weight of the model that have to travel frequently are vital, and their miscalculation will affect the model's very purpose and turn every move into an aggravating, not to mention costly task. We always ask our customers to believe that accuracy, meticulous attention to details, professional finishes, a carefully balanced color scheme and high quality scenery elements are the factors that turn the model into a spectacular presentation and design support tool much rather than its size.

Below is a chart that may help to select an appropriate scale range for your future model, based on model content and purpose. We would not, of course, be able to cover all possible combinations in this one chart, so we described only the most common types of models.

 
Model's Content
General Purpose
Recommended scales
  Single, up to 1-2 story, small to medium size   building, no landscape development
Museum, exhibit
  1:24, 1:32 , 1:50
  Single, up to 1-2 story, small to medium size   building, limited landscape development
Museum, exhibit, architectural presentation
  1:32, 1:50 , 1:48
  Single, up to 5-7 story, medium size building,   limited   landscape development
Museum, exhibit, architectural presentation
  1:75, 1:100
  Single, multi story building, tower/skyscraper   type,   limited landscape development
Museum, exhibit, architectural presentation
  1:100, 1:120, 1: 150,   1:160, 1:200
  Single, school/hospital type building, expanded   landscape development
Architectural presentation

1:150, 1:160, 1:200,    1:220,   1:240

  Multi building complex consists of small to   medium   size buildings, expanded landscape   development   (residential block type)
Architectural presentation
  1:220, 1:240
  Multi building complex consists of medium to   large   size buildings, expanded landscape   development   (commercial, industrial type)
Museum, exhibit, visitor center, architectural presentation
  1:300
  Medium size resort complex, expanded   landscape   development
Visitor center, architectural presentation
  1:240, 1:300
  Large size resort complex, greatly expanded   landscape development
Visitor center, architectural presentation
  1:480, 1:500
  Urban model, several building blocks, doors,   windows and other details still be required,   expanded landscape development
Urban development support
  1:480, 1:500
  Urban model greater than preview one,   buildings   fabricated as blocks, no doors,   windows required,   mono or duotone painting   scheme
Urban development support
  1:1000, 1:1200, 1:2000,   1:2400 depending on area   size
 

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