Just curious????

Discussion in 'N / Z Scale Model Trains' started by stripes, Jan 9, 2008.

  1. stripes

    stripes Member

    How would a 1/144 model airplane look in relation to 1/160 trains??
  2. SD90

    SD90 Active Member

    I've seen it done before, if it isn't right next to an N scale model, it looks fine.
    Too bad they don't have a standard scale for all models!
  3. Triplex

    Triplex Active Member

    It seems that almost everything other than trains uses "standard" scales. The only easy scales in use for trains are 1/32 (Gauge 1), 1/48 (O - North America only) and 1/64 (S). No 1/72, 1/96, 1/144, etc.

    In the case of N, it's because it wasn't made to be a specific scale. Unlike older scales like O and HO (but like Z would later be), the scale ratio for N was determined by measuring Arnold Rapido models rather than the other way round.
  4. Herc Driver

    Herc Driver Active Member

    You can never go wrong with an airplane in any scene.

    (OK OK OK...I know I'm rather biased.)
  5. mcbane666

    mcbane666 Member

    I'm not sure about fixed wing, But rotary wing fits anywhere :thumb:
  6. MCL_RDG

    MCL_RDG Member

    Don't get fooled by the...

    ...feathers. Seems you need to make a choice. Close enough, not.

    The plastic airplane/ship model producers won't build new molds for any scale- they already have the mold and they sell. Heck, I still see the same kits on the shelves since I was kid. That's all anyone would do. I guess the 1:144 looks better in the pocket when yer walking by the girls at school.:p


  7. umtrr-author

    umtrr-author Member

    It looks fine as long as there isn't anything that can give it away close by, as noted by SD90 above.

    I would suggest putting it back a bit from the front of the layout as a bit of "forced perspective."
  8. stripes

    stripes Member

    Thanks for the replies guys! I actually model in Horribly Oversized myself. I had bought ALOT of 1/144 airplanes for my aviation site, and was just trying to see if they would work for N-scale as well.

    :idea: Just a thought!!!!

  9. ezdays

    ezdays Out AZ way

    A few years ago I bought a bunch (around 100) of what looked like close to N scale vehicles. After getting a few on my layout they really looked oversize. Even though they were detailed nicely, I just couldn't use them. I checked their scale and figured they were around 1:150. I kept some that looked like they'd work, a fire engine, a Hummer, a helicopter, and a few trucks. The rest I give out to the grandkids a few at a time when they come over.

    I think a lot of the N scale vehicles that I have are a bit undersized, but oversize does show up a lot more than undersized.
  10. engineshop

    engineshop Member

    Some airplanes work okay since they are not very large as the real thing. I am working on the Boeing train with the fuselage on a flat car. The airplane is also 1:144 but I chose the 737-100/200 model with the shortes fuselage which makes up for difference in size.

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