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There have always been model kits that are big scale. While I doubt they are as popular as small kits, say 1/25,1/35,or even 1/48, or so, they do offer more room for detailing. This also makes any modifications you do magnified, easier to see and appeciate.

With 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.

Airfix, 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 has been for many years. Most of them in 1/12 scale. Some can be expensive, but the level of detail is amazing.

Then there are some odd balls, older kits, from Nachino let's say, that are rare and hard to find. But different none the less. There are also some 1/16 military kits,such as tanks, which are the popular and best known ones. Though the Trumpeter MRAP is bursting on the scene, as well as some WWII MB Jeeps from Dragon, which are 1/6 scale (big enough to hold the old 1970's style GI Joe figures).

Big 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!

Probably the biggest draw back is, where do you display the large scale model once you've assembled it?

I 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.

Big 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".

Now that Pocher is back, expect to see even more detailed kits in their 1/8 scale range. Recently their Lamborghini series has done well, but they're expanding into motorcycles, and more large scale kits are coming. Older Pocher kits are very rare now, and expensive. In the 1990s the kits, like their Mercedes and FIAT racer, ran around $ 500.00 - and that was back then! Now they are more, but of course, you're paying for the amazing detail and parts that are included to build a museum quality example of a model subject.

The big scale kits aren't for everyone, but they sure are fun to build!



Big scale kits for those who like to build large models.

Some of your favorite scales, 1:12, 1:8, 1:16, 1:6 and more. Make sure you have a lot of room to display these kits! There's a whole lot of plastic in these boxes.


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1/16 Chevy Bel Air Convertible


amt big scale ford thunderbird 1957 model kit

1/16 Ford Thunderbird


mpc schwinn continental 10 speed bike model kit

1/8 Schwinn Continental 10-Speed Bike


mpc honda racer model

1/8 Dick Mann Honda 750 Road Racer


lindberg serpent rod

1/16 The Serpent Show Rod


amt 55 bel air model

1/16 Chevy Bel Air Convertible


academy sprinter model

1/8 Sprinter Bicycle


amt 1979 firebird model

1/16 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am


amt nomad model

1/16 Chevy Nomad


minicraft rock n roll ford roadster

1/16 Ford Hot Rod


atlantis king chopper model

1/8 Tom Daniel 3-Wheel King Chopper II


monogram revell models grim reaper chopper

1/8 Tom Daniel Grim Reaper Chopper


mpc chrysler hydro vee boat model

1/18 Chrysler Hydro Vee Outboard Boat with Trailer


mpc schwinn sting ray model

1/8 Schwinn Sting Ray 5-Speed Bike


mpc richard petty dodge charge 1/16 model kit nascar

1/16 Richard Petty Charger


revell porsche 356 model

1/16 Porsche 356


revell porsche 928 model

1/16 Porsche 928


italeri vespa model

1/9 Vespa 125 Primavera


revell models technik vw kafer bug kit

1/16 VW Beetle with Electronic Parts


revell vw samba bus model

1/16 Volkswagen T1 Samba Bus


revell 1/16 vw t1 panel van model kit

1/16 VW T1 Panel Van


academy police harley davidson model kit

1/10 Harley Davidson


1/8 Rupp Mini Bike


tamiya ferrari f190 model kit f1

1/12 Ferrari F190 F1


italeri models alfa romeo 179 kit f1

1/12 Alfa Romeo 179


italeri norton commando model

1/9 Norton Commando 750CC


lindberg bobtail t hot rod model car kit

1/8 Bobtail T


italeri models fiat abarth 695ss corsa kit

1/12 Fiat Abart Assetto Corso


italeri models mv4 ducati 350cc kit

1/9 MV 4 cylinders 350cc


1/12 Yamaha Majesty C


1/16 Mercedes Racer


1/12 Calsonic Skyline GTR


1/12 Porsche 934 Valliant


tamiya renault f1 he20 turbo model kit

1/12 Renault RE20 Turbo


tamiya subaru r2 model kit

1/18 Subaru R2


tamiya f1 mclaren m23 1974 model kit

1/12 McLaren M23


italeri models fiat mefistofele grand prix kit

1/12 FIAT Mefistofele


fujimi big scale nissan skyline model car kits

1/12 Nissan Skyline GTR NISMO


tamiya f1 lotus type 49b model kits

1/12 Team Lotus Type 49B


revell technik vw bus samba model kit

1/16 VW Samba Bus with Electronics


academy harley davidson motorcycle model kits

1/10 Harley Davidson Classic


heller citroen ds 19 cabri model kit

1/16 Citroen DS19 Cabriolet


italeri mercedes 300sl gullwing model car kit

1/16 Mercedes Benz 300SL Gullwing


tamiya honda gorilla motorcycle model kit

1/6 Honda Gorilla


tamiya f1 ferrari 312b model kit

1/12 Ferrari 312B F1


tamiya suzuki gs1100s motorcycle model kit

1/6 Suzuki GXX1100S


amiya honda cb750f motorcycle model kit

1/6 Honda CB750F


tamiya honda cb750 race bike model kit

1/6 Honda CB750 Racing Type


tamiya f1 yardley mclaren m23 model kit

1/12 Yardley McLaren M23


1/6 Harley Davidson Police FLH1200


1/6 Harley Davidson FLH Classic


1/16 Honda Super Hawk


1/6 Lowrider Bicycle


lindberg fiat model

1/12 Fiat Dragster


nichimo big europa special lotus race car model kit

1/12 Lotus Eurospecial


hasegawa yamaha 250  dt1 motorcycle model kit dirt bike

1/10 Yamaha 250 Enduro DT1


1/10 BMW R75


revell models visible v8 kit

Visible V8 Engine


revell bmw r75 model

1/8 BMW R75/5


1/6 BMW R75


1/12 Lotus 49 Ford F1


atlantis allison airplane jet engine model kit

1/10 Allison Prop Jet Engine


1/18 Porsche 910


1/18 Nissan R381


tamiya m8a mclaren model

1/18 McLaren M8A with Driver Figure


lindberg models stagecoach with horses kit

1/16 Stage Coach


Vintage Car


discover 4 cylinder model engine kit

Engine Model


minicraft ford model a car kit hot rods

Ford Model A Hot Rod Roadster


1/12 Lola T70 MkIII


revell harley davidson police model

1/8 Harley Davidson Police


meng models kawasaki ninja kit

1/9 Kawasaku Ninja


1/9 Biker Girl


tamiya f1 wolf wr1 model car kit

1/12 F1 Wolf WR1


1/12 F1 Ford Wolf WR1


stage coach model kits

1/10 Stage Coach


tamiya models harley davidson flh classic kit

1/9 Harley Davidson FLH Classic


tamiya honda ra272 f1 kit

1/12 Honda F1


lindberg big red rod model

1/8 Big Red Rod


lindberg hot canary rod model

1/8 Hot Canary Rod


pocher models ducati motorcycle kit

1/4 Ducati


tamiya ferrari enzo model car kit

1/12 Enzo Ferrari


tamiya porsche 934 model kit

1/12 Porsche 934


tamiya caterham super seven lotus model kit

1/12 Caterham Super Seven


tamiys porsche carrera gt model kit

1/12 Porsche Carrera GT


tamiya datsun 240z model kit

1/12 Datsun 240ZG


tamiya ferrari 288 gto model car

1/12 Ferrari 288 GTO


italeri bmw r75 model

1/9 BMW R75 with Sidecar


italeri models triumph 3hw motorcycle kit

1/9 Triumph 3HW


italeri models wla 750 harley davidson kit

1/9 WLA Harley Davidson


hobby boss t34 model

1/16 Soviet T34 Tank


1/1 Fullsize German Tank Track with 1/12 Figure


italeri kubelwagen model

1/9 German Kubelwagen Type 82




1/16 US MaxxPro MRAP


italeri kettenkrad model

1/9 Kettenkrad WWII Military Vehicle


dragon models russian aerosan model kit

1/6 Soviet Aerosan


italeri f104 cockpit starfighter model kit

1/12 F104 Starfighter Cockpit


military russian truck model

1/16 Military Truck


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