### The N-scale’s size and detailing

SIZE SET IN RELATION TO FINGERS / A HAND

IN RELATION TO THE CREDIT CARD SIZE OR A MATCH

Photo: 0rvik

DETAIL LEVEL ON THE N-SCALE IN COMPARISON WITH A MATCH HEAD

Photo: 0rvik

Scale is important in model building. It indicates how big a model is compared to the actual size. This means that if a model car is in the the scale 1:2, it will then be ½ of the authentic vehicle. If the car is 5 meters long in real life, so the model will be 2.5 meters. And so we can continue. When the aspect ratio is 1:10 so the 5 meter long car are to be 50 cm, in other words half a meter. The most common model car scales are 1:43 and 1:18, a car 5 meters will be 11.6 cm and 27.7 cm in model. One parts with the ratio.

In model trains one has the scales: 1:24 (G), 1:32 (1) 1:48 (O), 1:64 (S), 1:76 (OO) 1:87 (HO), 1: 120 (TT), 1:160 (N), 1:220 (Z). Where 1:87 and 1:160 are the most common. These are the scales most manufacturers relate. Some also make products in between the scales to be adaptable to multiple scales, or to save on materials without size looks wrong. But the scale factors is difficult to imagine without having a model at hand. Therefore I wanted to take a picture and show how big (or small) N-scale is.

Here’s a locomotive and a wagon in 1:160 compared with my hand and fingers, as well as a smart card in credit card size and a match (which is the size of a lamp post). Not only can you see how small the ratio we’re talking about, but also how fascinating detailed the models are. One actually get room for 5-6 lines of text on the size of a match head. Therefore, N-scale is becoming more and more popular since the models are becoming more and more elaborate, and with better and better technical solutions.