have always been model kits that are big scale. While I
doubt they are as popular as small kits, say 1/25 or so,
they do offer more room for detailing. This also makes any
modifications you do magnified, easier to see and appeciate.
a growing population of modelers that are older (and our
eyesite isn't what it used to be), larger kits are becoming
more popular than ever before. It makes it easier for us
to actually see what we're building, without using tweezers
and a magnifying glass to add that tiniest of model parts
to the build.
Revell, AMT, MPC, Round2, Lindberg, all have been bringing
out larger kits, wherether it's a new tool (Revell's GT500
Mustang) or something older (such as the Lindberg Hot Rods),
there's a kit for every kind of builder and subject. Tamiya
is a big producer of large scale kits and have been for
many years. Most of them in 1/12 scale.
scale models range from cars, trucks, hot rods, tanks, motorcycles,
engines, even aircraft. Do they cost a little more than
the smaller kits? Of course. But you tend to get a lot of
bang for the buck. You also get some subjects that may never
be made in a smaller scale kit. And let's face it, the big
scale models really catch the eyes of everyone, they're
quite impressive on the model table or your model shelf
at home. Talk about the WOW factor!
the biggest draw back is, where do you display the large
scale model once you've assembled it?
also feel that large scale kits, especially cars, give you
that "big" look to them. Meaning, they look so
much more like the real thing because of their size. Again,
they make an impressive statement, even to folks who may
not be a modeler, but can appreciate the easy to see details
and hard work you have into them.
scale models are usually 1/12 (a scale that's also popular
with motorcycle models, and some figure kits), 1/16 (some
figure kits are this scale too), 1/8 (a really large scale,
and popular with figures), 1/18 (the same as the popular
diecast scale), and the huge 1/6 scale (made more common
now because they work well with 12 inch figures). There
are a few other odd ball scales for models, but these are
the most common when referring to "Big Scale".
kits aren't for everyone, but they sure are fun to build!