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Guide to Diecast Vehicle Scale
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diecast ford thunderbirds in multiple scales

In the diagram above, the same car can be seen at different scales. Scale is an indication of relative sizes. 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.
1/18 scale ford thunderbird compared to 1/18 VW Beetle

How does length relate to scale? In the image above, 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.

diecast ford thunderbird interior

The image above 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.

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