Tips for understanding and converting scale model ratios

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All right: 1/72 scale are the little planes, and 1/32 are the great big ones. 1/35 scale is what they make armor models in, but those huge Airfix airplane kits… are in 1/24? I thought that was a car scale! Scales can be confusing, especially for beginners in the modeling hobby.

Many modelers have never thought of collecting “just one” scale of aircraft, and are even befuddled when they open a kit box and find the plane half the size of the last one they purchased. What do the scales mean? What scales are available, and what types of kits are available in which scales?

If you’re still confused, take a look at the information and chart in this PDF.