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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 55 bel air model

1/16 Chevy Bel Air Convertible


amt nomad model

1/16 Chevy Nomad


amt 1979 firebird model

1/16 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am


1/16 Chevy Vega Funny Car


1/16 Richard Petty Charger


1/16 Buddy Baker Dodge Charger


1/16 Ford Thunderbird


1/12 Ford GT40


mpc schwinn sting ray model

1/8 Schwinn Sting Ray 5-Speed Bike


mpc schwinn continental 10 speed bike model kit

1/8 Schwinn Continental 10-Speed Bike


academy sprinter model

1/8 Sprinter Bicycle


atlantis king chopper model

1/8 Tom Daniel 3-Wheel King Chopper II


1/8 Tall T


lindberg serpent rod

1/16 The Serpent Show Rod


lindberg fiat dragster model kit

1/12 Fiat Drag Cabriolet


lindberg big red rod model

1/8 Big Red Rod


lindberg bobtail t hot rod model car kit

1/8 Bobtail T


1/12 Foose Camaro Z28


tamiya m8a mclaren model

1/18 McLaren M8A with Driver Figure


1/12 Bentley 4.5 Litre


revell porsche 356 model

1/16 Porsche 356


1/16 Porsche 356


1/16 Porsche 928


1/18 Porsche 910


tamiya porsche 934 model kit

1/12 Porsche 934


revell models technik vw kafer bug kit

1/16 VW Beetle with Electronic Parts


revell technik vw bus samba model kit

1/16 VW Samba Bus with Electronics


1/16 VW Samba Bus


1/12 Mercedes Benz 300SL


1/16 Mercedes Benz 300SL


lindberg mercedes racer model

1/16 Mercedes Racer


minicraft daimler benz 1886 model

1/16 Daimler Benz


italeri fiat 500f model

1/12 Fiat 500F


italeri fiat abarth 695ss model

1/12 Fiat Abarth


tamiya subaru r2 model kit

1/18 Subaru R2


Vintage Classic Car


tamiya datsun 240z model kit

1/12 Datsun 240ZG


nichimo big europa special lotus race car model kit

1/12 Lotus Eurospecial


tamiya lola t70 mkiii model

1/12 Lola T70 MkIII


1/16 Concord Stage Coach


1/10 Stage Coach


1/12 Alfa Romeo 8c2300


italeri models fiat mefistofele grand prix kit

1/12 FIAT Mefistofele


1/12 Renault RE 20 Turbo


tamiya renault f1 he20 turbo model kit

1/12 Renault RE20 Turbo


1/12 Renault RE20 Turbo


tamiya ferrari f190 model kit f1

1/12 Ferrari F190 F1


1/12 Mclaren MP4/6 Honda


tamiya f1 mclaren m23 1974 model kit

1/12 McLaren M23


1/12 Williams FW14B Renault


tamiya f1 lotus type 49b model kits

1/12 Team Lotus Type 49B


tamiya f1 wolf wr1 model car kit

1/12 F1 Wolf WR1


1/12 Honda F1


tamiya wolf wr1 ford f1 model

1/12 F1 Ford Wolf WR1


1/12 Tyrrell P34 Six Wheeler


tamiya f1 ferrari 312b model kit

1/12 Ferrari 312B F1


1/9 Cagiva Elephant 850


tamiya honda gorilla motorcycle model kit

1/6 Honda Gorilla


tamiya suzuki gs1100s motorcycle model kit

1/6 Suzuki GSX 1100S


amiya honda cb750f motorcycle model kit

1/6 Honda CB750F


tamiya honda cb750 race bike model kit

1/6 Honda CB750 Racing Type


1/6 onda CX500 Turbo


1/6 Honda MB50Z Motorcycle


1/6 Harley Davidson Police FLH1200


italeri models mv4 ducati 350cc kit

1/9 MV 4 cylinders 350cc


tamiya harley davidson flh classic model

1/6 Harley Davidson FLH Classic


1/12 Scooter N1S


mpc honda super hawk model

1/16 Honda Super Hawk


1/6 Honda Monkey


italeri norton manx 500cc model

1/9 Norton Manx


italeri triumph 3hw model

1/9 Triumph 3HW


BMW R75 Police Bike


hasegawa yamaha 250  dt1 motorcycle model kit dirt bike

1/10 Yamaha 250 Enduro DT1


hasegawa bmw r75 model

1/10 BMW R75


tamiya models harley davidson flh classic kit

1/6 Harley Davidson FLH Classic


1/6 Honda CRF 1000 L Africa Twin


tamita bmw r75 model

1/6 BMW R75


1/6 Honda DAX


meng models kawasaki ninja kit

1/9 Kawasaku Ninja


1/9 Kawasaku Ninja


1/9 Biker Girl


1/9 BMW R nine T


tamiya ferrari enzo model car kit

1/12 Enzo Ferrari


tamiys porsche carrera gt model kit

1/12 Porsche Carrera GT


1/12 Ferrari F50


tamiya ferrari 288 gto model car

1/12 Ferrari 288 GTO


1/10 Rickshaw


mpc chrysler hydro vee boat model

1/18 Chrysler Hydro Vee Outboard Boat with Trailer


italeri bmw r75 model

1/9 BMW R75 with Sidecar


1/9 German Zundapp KS750 with Sidecar


1/9 German Kubelwagen Type 82


trumpeter 1/16 m1a1 abrams tank model

1/16 M1A1 M1A2 Abrams Tank


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1/16 U.S. Main Battle Tank M1A2 Abrams


1/16 US Airborne Tank M551 Sheridan


hobby boss t34 model

1/16 Soviet T34 Tank


1/16 Soviet T34 / 85 Tank


1/16 Russian T-72B1 with Reactive Armor


1/16 German Pz.Kpfw IV Ausf.J Medium Tank


1/16 German Panther G


german panther tank model

1/16 German Panther Tank


1/16 German Tiger Tank


1/16 German 186 Jagdtiger Tank


1/16 German King Tank


1/16 43M Turan III Tank


1/16 Toldi 38M Tank


t55a russian tank model

1/16 T55A Russian Medium Heavy Tank


1/6 Pz.Kpfw II Ausf. B Tank


tori factory german tank track

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


italeri kubelwagen model

1/9 German Kubelwagen Type 82


1/16 39M Csaba Hungarian Armored Car


1/16 US MaxxPro MRAP


takom chinese tank model

1/16 Chinese Army Type 94 Tankette


1/16 German Weasel A1 Tow Missile


takom german tank model

1/16 German Tank


takom renault tank model

1/16 French Renault Tank


1/16 Imperial Japanese Army Type 94 Tankette


1/16 Imperial Japanese Army Type 94 Tankette


dragon models russian aerosan model kit

1/6 Soviet Aerosan


italeri f104 cockpit starfighter model kit

1/12 F104 Starfighter Cockpit


1/8 Drum Set


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