Some brands focus on a specific scale. For example, Mattel uses the 1:64 scale for the majority of its Hot Wheels diecast cars. Other toy vehicle brands offer a larger selection of sizes. For example, Revell offers diecast miniatures in a variety of sizes including 1:18, 1:24, 1:25, and 1:64.Scale is an indication of relative sizes.
Focus on scale models of a specific size. Scale indicates how large a replica appears relative to its real-world counterpart. As scale ratio increases, size decreases. For example, a 1:43 Mini Cooper will be smaller than a 1:18 Mini Cooper, and a 1:18 Mini Cooper will be smaller than a 1:18 construction truck. Sellers may indicate scale as a fraction or ratio.
Attention to Detail
This is a sample of how detail differs by scale.
In general, larger cars will be more detailed, look more accurate, and have more features.
For example, many 1/18 scale cars have workable steering and some have spring suspension for the tires.
Features and level of detailing will vary by manufacturer.
Lengths in the same Scale.
How does length relate to scale? In the image on the left, both cars are 1:18 scale.
Since the Volkswagen Beetle is shorter than the Ford Thunderbird in real life, the 1:18 scale diecast Beetle will be shorter as well.
A 1:64 scale diecast car is one 64th the size of the real automobile.
Written another way, the real automobile is 64 times larger.
Likewise, a 1:18 scale diecast car means the real one is 18 times larger.
Look at the number after the “1”.
The larger the number, the smaller the vehicle is.
For example, a 1:34 scale car is smaller than a 1:18 scale car.
Scale can be written with a colon or a slash.
For example, 1:24 scale means the same as 1/24 scale.