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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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mpc 1982 pontiac firebird

1/16 Pontiac Firebird


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


1/16 Richard Petty Charger


revell porsche 356 model

1/16 Porsche 356


revell porsche 928 model

1/16 Porsche 928


1/8 Harley Davidson Touring


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


1/16 VW T1 Panel Van


1/12 Ferrari F190 F1


revell bmw isetta model

1/16 BMW Isetta 250


italeri models triumph 3hw motorcycle kit

1/9 Triumph 3HW


italeri models alfa romeo 179 kit f1

1/12 Alfa Romeo 179


italeri norton commando model

1/9 Norton Commando 750CC


1/2 Lotus JPS MkIII


1/8 Bobtail T


italeri models fiat abarth 695ss corsa kit

1/12 Fiat Abart Assetto Corso


1/16 Stutz Racer


italeri models mv4 ducati 350cc kit

1/9 MV 4 cylinders 350cc


1/12 Renault RE20 Turbo


1/18 Subaru R2


1/12 McLaren M23


italeri models fiat mefistofele grand prix kit

1/12 FIAT Mefistofele


1/16 Citroen DS19


1/12 Nissan Skyline GTR NISMO


1/12 Team Lotus Type 49B


1/16 VW Samba Bus with Electronics


1/10 Harley Davidson Classic


1/16 Citroen DS19 Cabriolet


1/16 Mercedes Benz 300SL Gullwing


1/6 Honda Gorilla


1/12 Ferrari 312B F1


1/6 Suzuki GXX1100S


1/6 Honda CB750F


1/6 Honda CB750 Racing Type


1/12 Yardley McLaren M23


italeri models wla 750 harley davidson kit

1/9 WLA Harley Davidson


pocher models lamborghini huracan

1/8 Lamborghini Huracan


revell bmw r75 model

1/8 BMW R75/5 Police


lindberg fiat model

1/12 Fiat Dragster


1/12 Lotus Eurospecial


1/12 Chevy Sport Hardtop


1/10 Yamaha 250 Enduro DT1


revell models visible v8 kit

Visible V8 Engine


revell bmw r75 model

1/8 BMW R75/5


italeri bmw r75 model

1/9 BMW R75 with Sidecar


italeri norton manx model

1/9 Norton Manx 500cc


tamiya m8a mclaren model

1/18 McLaren M8A


lindberg models stagecoach with horses kit

1/16 Stage Coach


discover 4 cylinder model engine kit

Engine Model


Ford Model A Hot Rod Roadster


revell harley davidson police model

1/8 Harley Davidson Police


meng models kawasaki ninja kit

1/9 Kawasaku Ninja


revell harley bad boy model

1/8 Harley Davidson Bad Boy


1/12 F1 Wolf WR1


1/10 Stage Coach


testors harley softail model

1/9 Harley Davidson FXSTC Softail Custom


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


1/12 Enzo Ferrari


1/12 Porsche 934


1/12 Caterham Super Seven


1/12 Porsche Carrera GT


1/12 Datsun 240ZG


1/12 Ferrari 288 GTO


hobby boss t34 model

1/16 Soviet T34 Tank


italeri kubelwagen model

1/9 German Kubelwagen Type 82


italeri kettenkrad model

1/9 Kettenkrad WWII Military Vehicle


1/6 Soviet Aerosan


1/16 Military Truck


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