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How Does Scale Work For Diecast Models?


Question Posted Sunday March 8 2009, 10:08 pm


I recently started collecting scale models of Indy, Champ Car and Formula One cars. I'm confused about what 1:18 scale, 1:43 scale and 1:64 scale mean. Can you tell me how big each one is and whether they are large or small like a dinky car or keychain.

I managed to get 3 1:18 scale models which are fairly big and 1 1:43 scale that I was expecting to be big but wasn't. I was upset when I unpacked it from buying online. I need to know how scale works so that I can continue to buy in confidence models that are big not small.

There's no way of knowing either as photos are blown up to be big on Ebay and speciality store web sites. Also, if you're in Toronto where's the best place to get jackets, diecasts, prints etc?


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NinjaNeer answered Monday March 9 2009, 11:29 am:
Scale works like this:

1:18 means that it is 1/18th the size of a real car.

So a 1:43 means that it's 1/43rd the size... which is about 4 times smaller. 1:64 will be even smaller than that. The bigger the second number, the smaller the model.

Unfortunately, I don't know anything about the stores though.

Hope that helps!

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