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This group is an adjunct to the 7/8" scale groups, for discussion of a few scales close to 7/8" that have been discussed on (“have plagued”, some would opine) the 7/8" scale groups. Discussion of general construction techniques found on the 7/8" scale groups should be applicable to these scales as well (and the most likely sources for wheelsets, couplers, and detail castings are the various superb 7/8" scale offerings).

1:16 scale - 3/4" per foot, this scale appeals to those who notice that there are some good, affordable models of early motor trucks available which can serve as the basis for railcars and the like. This is also a popular scale for die-cast farm equipment and some construction vehicles. Might be a good choice for an agricultural railway, or a logging operation using crawlers. Gauge 1 works out to near (although not that near) 30", while O gauge works out to about 20". A 70" tall man scales out to 4-3/8" (good luck finding figures that size!).

1:12 scale - 1" equals 1'; this is the most popular scale for dollhouses, miniature rooms, and similar (mostly interior) subjects. Gauge 1 works out to (very) roughly 20", while O gauge is pretty close to 15". A 72" tall man scales out to a bit under 6". Note that a group dedicated to this scale has been started (“12thScaleNarrowGauge”).

1:10 scale or 30mm/ft - selected so that gauge 1 track works out to near 18". Sort of an overgrown version of 7/8" scale 18" gauge trains on O-gauge track. This scale is perhaps better covered on the dedicated 30mm group (“30mmScaleTrains”). A 70" tall man scales out to 7" (you shouldn’t need a calculator for that one....)

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  • Narrow Gauge
  • May 12, 2005
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