32 or 33?

Discussion in 'Aircraft & Aviation' started by desney, Oct 16, 2010.

  1. desney

    desney New Member

    i have seen aircraft models in 1:32 and 1:33, i feel the difference of one is not really noticeable but i just want to know why would someone create a model in 1:33 when 1:32 is the more common scale...(or is it vice versa?)
  2. MBig

    MBig New Member

    Its 3% different. Many times designers make greater errors.
  3. cgutzmer

    cgutzmer Active Member

    One scale is kinda the norm in Europe (32) and the other is more the norm in America (33) not sure why, I suppose we just like to mess with stuff.....
  4. alang

    alang Member

    That's interesting. I would have expected 1:32 to be the (old) British and American scale, being 3/16 inch to the foot. In the metric world 1:33 (or in fact probably 1:33.333...) would make more sense. I agree with MBig, though - in the face of all the other discrepancies the difference is unlikely to matter much for us lesser mortals.

  5. Wojtee

    Wojtee Member

    Polish airplane models are usually in 1:33, too.
    Imperial vs. metric is the right trace to answer. Pretty much the same as with 1:48 vs. 1:50.

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