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SuperSmeg

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22nd September 2005

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#1 8 years ago

Someone I know, wants an A380 airbus model kit, but I don't understand how the scaling works. Can someone convert all, or most, of the standard model sizes into inches for me? That would make things a whole simpler.

Voice of joy and sunshine

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26th May 2003

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#2 8 years ago

As far as I'm aware there are no standard sizes for such things, only standard scales. A scale of 1:17 would mean one inch on the model is equal to 17 inches on the real plane. Or to put it another way, the model is 17 times smaller than the real plane.

Though equally I think it should state the size of the finished model on the box so ^_^

The Imaginative

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17th July 2006

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#3 8 years ago

Pretty much what Nemmerle said, but here this should help.

Scale (ratio) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Snipes With Artillery

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22nd March 2005

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#4 8 years ago

Well, I've never done a A380, but the way scaling works is pretty straightforward:

1:44 means that every 44 inches on the real thing is represented by 1 inch on the model.

So, if you want to have a model that, say, has a 2 foot wingspan, then you take the 261.6 feet of the real thing's wingspan, divide that by the number you want (in this example 2), and the result will be about the scale that you'll want to get.

261.6 / 2 130.8

So, to get a model with a 2 foot wingspan, you'd need to look for a 1:130.8 scale model.

I'm seeing 1:200, 1:400, and 1:500 as the most common sizes. So, for wingspan: 261.6 ft 261.6 ft 261.6 ft /200 ..... /400... /500 1.308 ft .654 ft .5232 ft

So, a 1:200 model would have a wingspan of about 16 inches, a 1:400 would have one about 8 inches, and a 1:500 one would have a wingspan of about 6 inches.

You can do the other measurement calculations yourself, here's the Wiki page on its specs.

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7th December 2003

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#5 8 years ago

Ask your friend which scale he prefers. Some model builders can't stand it if all their models are 1:32 scale and then they get one which is in 1:34.

While you're at it also ask if he prefers a specific company (this might also solve the scale problem).

Fun fact: I know someone who has scale models of pretty much any military ground vehicle ever produced and each of them is modded to shoot little pellets using firecrackers as charges.

SuperSmeg

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22nd September 2005

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#6 8 years ago

Nemmerle;5592422As far as I'm aware there are no standard sizes for such things, only standard scales. A scale of 1:17 would mean one inch on the model is equal to 17 inches on the real plane. Or to put it another way, the model is 17 times smaller than the real plane.

Though equally I think it should state the size of the finished model on the box so ^_^

Well, for someone who has never done a model kit in his entire life, do you really think that I would know what finished sizes are stated on a box that I have never seen before? :rolleyes:

When I said standard size, I meant as in length (from nose to tail) and not wingspan. I apologise for not being clearer, but I would've thought that "n00b" being in the title would've indicated how much I know about model sizes, which is zero.

Snipes With Artillery

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22nd March 2005

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#7 8 years ago

SuperSmeg;5592433Well, for someone who has never done a model kit in his entire life, do you really think that I would know what finished sizes are stated on a box that I have never seen before? :rolleyes:

When I said standard size, I meant as in length (from nose to tail) and not wingspan. I apologise for not being clearer, but I would've thought that "n00b" being in the title would've indicated how much I know about model sizes, which is zero.

Excellent! With the information provided in my post and in my link, you can easily figure out the length of the models yourself. :nodding:

SuperSmeg

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22nd September 2005

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#8 8 years ago

Your not making this any simpler for me. :confused:

Why can't people just make it simple and give the sizes in inches on the box instead of making me work it out for myself without being able to see the box in person to determine the size? :( :cry:

>>Simplifiy<< it!

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7th December 2003

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#9 8 years ago

SuperSmeg;5592437Your not making this any simpler for me. :confused:

Why can't people just make it simple and give the sizes in inches on the box instead of making me work it out for myself without being able to see the box in person to determine the size? :( :cry:

>>Simplifiy<< it!

You don't need the size in inches. You just need to know which scale your friend likes. Then go to a shop and buy the box which will have the scale written all over it.

SuperSmeg

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