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#1 martinfan5

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Posted 29 August 2012 - 11:35 AM

Reading response's in the thread about the Cuda, I am kind of surprised that alot of people feel so strongly about the scales , so my question is , why?

What about the two scales that makes such a big a deal, now I do feel the same way in some points, like for me, I like semi trucks, or trucks in general to be in 1.24th scale, I dont mind cars being in 1/25th scale.

but thats just me, and to quote harry from that thread

So you guys are saying that a difference of slightly less than a third of an inch would stop you from buying the kit if it was 1/24? Really? :blink:


Edited by martinfan5, 29 August 2012 - 11:36 AM.


#2 Harry P.

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Posted 29 August 2012 - 11:53 AM

I have models in all scales, from HO to 1/4 and everything in between. And yeah, I display them all side by side. Differences in scale and model size have never bothered me one bit, I look at each model as an individual. But that's just me. I can see where someone who builds only in one particular scale and displays all the models side by side would want to stick with that scale. But only building in one scale sure limits the range of kits out there that are "acceptable" to you. Me, I buy a kit if I'm interested in the subject, the scale isn't really an issue with me.

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Posted 29 August 2012 - 12:04 PM

I kitbash....hard to swap between scales, No If I was going to buy a kit for parts...I most likely would not....Too hard to know if it will fit, when kits were under $10. that was different. Now @ $20. for a kit...NOPE.

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Posted 29 August 2012 - 12:09 PM

I like semi trucks, or trucks in general to be in 1.24th scale, I dont mind cars being in 1/25th scale.


I don't get it either, but since you said it, why does it matter if a trucks 1/24 or 1/25?
I think we put a lot into the quality of the reproduction to start calling out the difference in scales that small.
My self, Im not sure why there are both, I'm sure there is a great answer and someone here knows, but I don't.

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Posted 29 August 2012 - 12:10 PM

i like to think of my builds as a collection. if i did a train layout, i'd want everything to be the same HO scale. by the same reasoning i want all my cars in the same scale. i don't mind the 24/25 difference, but i'm not interested in 1/32 or 1/20 scales that some model cars come in.

it's really hard too, because i build cars based on subject and so many are just not available in 1/25.

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Posted 29 August 2012 - 12:15 PM

To my eye , 1/24 th scale bodies are misshapen , fat , for a better word , as compared to their 1/25 th scale counterparts .

As stated beforehand , kit bashing can become a problem when mixing the two . It's a personal preference , but I'll stick with the 1/25 th scale kits .

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Posted 29 August 2012 - 12:19 PM

I could care less about the diffrences. As long as a kit is well done, it's no big deal.

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Posted 29 August 2012 - 12:41 PM

I like both scales ...however some 1/24th scale models look so out of scale when placed next to a 1/25th scale and same for the other way around. For me I just prefer the 1/25th scale for the most part. Now some 1/24th scale and 1/25th scale models look very close in scale when together as a side by side comparison of the same basic model. There are many great kits in both scales some not made by the other....when it boils down to it if its a good kit-its a good kit regardless of scale. A kit is only as good as you make it when building but some have their qualities others do not too.

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Posted 29 August 2012 - 12:45 PM

I prefer 1/24 & 1/25th scales, coz of limited space for displaying. I know I could go smaller but I wouldn't be able to hold em coz of my big clumzy monkey hands...or is that sausage fingers...hhmmmm. Plus, I'd have a hard time seeing them!!!!! LOL!!!

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Posted 29 August 2012 - 01:07 PM

I only build 1/25 models. I like my collection to be coherent, and the size difference between 1/24 and 1/25, even if it isn't huge, still offends my eye. A part of me believes I'll actually use these models in dioramas I dream of making, so again, scale matters. I know I'll never build that big diorama, but it's still the dream. What really bothers me is when something is listed as 1:24/1:25 scale...as if there's NO difference. It's either one scale or the other...or not scaled properly at all! You can do this with figures...people vary greatly in size, but not decals!!!

I will not buy 1/24 at all, but that's more for those of you who do!

Edited by Repstock, 29 August 2012 - 01:09 PM.


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Posted 29 August 2012 - 01:14 PM

I have both and while the scale discrepancy is a bit irksome I don't let it stop me from buying a kit due to it. Personally, I wish everything was 1/24th just to have a little extra room for my fat fingers and for more detailing.

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Posted 29 August 2012 - 01:26 PM

Because.





:mellow:

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Posted 29 August 2012 - 01:55 PM

Not a big deal for me as I tend to not finish many kits so it isn't like I have a ton on display to notice the difference! :D

Now if they would only standardize the box size so it would be easier to stack and store them..............

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Posted 29 August 2012 - 02:11 PM

White body is monogram 1970 Cuda body , which is considered/accepted to be reasonably accurate for the subject matter.
Yellow painted body is an original MPC 1970 Cuda , again considered to be the benchmark dimensions wise
OAL is nearly 3/8" of difference. width is about 3/16" difference .

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Posted 29 August 2012 - 02:16 PM

White body is monogram 1970 Cuda body , which is considered/accepted to be reasonably accurate for the subject matter.
Yellow painted body is an original MPC 1970 Cuda , again considered to be the benchmark dimensions wise
OAL is nearly 3/8" of difference. width is about 3/16" difference .


This should be illustration enough.

For the record, I tend to display 1/24 with 1/24 and 1/25 with 1/25. Some of my Jo-Hans go with where they look closest to in-scale....

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Posted 29 August 2012 - 02:16 PM

Because.





:mellow:


Thanks for clearing that right up Dan :lol: :P

I guess this is just a , to each his own thing in the modeling world ;)

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Posted 29 August 2012 - 02:24 PM

For me the difference in scale is only important, if as Tom alluded to above, one is considering doing a diorama. If the different scales are displayed together in what is supposed to be a coherent scheme, the differant scales could destroy the illusion one is attempting to create. It wouldn't look good if a Mustang were bigger than the four door sedan police cruiser that had pulled it over. But if it's just for the display shelf well then.... meh.... doesn't matter to me as long as the subject is interesting.

Edited by peter31a, 29 August 2012 - 02:25 PM.


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Posted 29 August 2012 - 02:30 PM

Jonathan, you like NASCAR, right? If you build the 90s NASCAR kits in both AMT and Monogram, they look strange sitting together...especially the same make, model, and year.

I have a 1:24 70s Revelogram camaro that just looks stupid next to my 68 AMT Camaro because it is literally about an inch taller and about 3/4" longer. :blink: I guess it maybe personal preferences but, it bugs the heck out of me on certain cars.

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Posted 29 August 2012 - 02:31 PM

The problem is that kits are ADVERTISED as 1/24 or 1/25, but they don't always measure up...and a kit's dimensions may measure out to 1/24 in one area (say the body shell), and 1/25 (say the engine) in another...or 1/23...or 1/26...ALL within the same kit's box!!!

I buy both scales, you sure limit your subjects by sticking with one or the other... :(

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Posted 29 August 2012 - 03:13 PM

I kitbash....hard to swap between scales, No If I was going to buy a kit for parts...I most likely would not....Too hard to know if it will fit, when kits were under $10. that was different. Now @ $20. for a kit...NOPE.


Yeah, that's it for me in a nutshell. Engine swapping is a huge issue with 1/24 scale. I'm building the Revell '37 Ford and had to trade for engine because nothing I had looked big enough in it. I have several 1/24 in the collection but I plan way in advance for parts.