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