Scale represents a fraction of real size.
A vehicle that is 16 feet long in real life, will be 1 foot long in 1/16th scale.
|Scale||Most used for||Example||Best for|
|1/16||Farm toys.||Older and smaller farm tractors are 8 to 10 inches long, many newer models are more than 12 inches long, you are about 4.4 inches tall.||Most are great for kids. Collector and Precision models are intended more for display than play.|
|1/18||Cars and small trucks.||The 'typical' car is 10-12 inches long.||Many are designed for display and have small, breakable pieces.|
|1/25||Trucks, cars, banks, and some construction equipment.||Delivery trucks are 8 to 10 inches long, construction toys are a large 12 inches or more.||Most items are built for older children or for adult collectors.|
|1/32||Farm toys and airplanes.||Classic biplanes have about a 12 inch wingspan. Farm tractors are smaller but still big enough for little hands. Old semi rigs are 14-16 inches long. You are just over 2 inches tall.||Most items are suitable for play.|
|1/34||Mostly First-Gear trucks||Almost exclusively for adult collectors.|
|1/43||Farm toys, cars, and trucks.||The same scale as a Lionel railroad. Trucks and cars are 3.5 to 4.5 inches long.||Great for older children, many items have small parts. This scale is sought after by 'O' scale rail-road enthusiasts.|
|1/48||Airplanes||Common scale for smaller airplanes.||Some suitable for older kids. Mostly collectibles.|
|1/50||Construction toys||Dozers average 5 to 6 inches in length, graders and scrapers are 6 to 8 inches, cranes and large excavators are still 8 to 12 inches and up. You are about 1.4 inches tall.||Mostly for older children or adult collectors and modelers. SIKU and Joal brands will do well with children who are not likely to abuse them.|
|1/64||Farm equipment, semi trucks||Farm tractors are between 3 and 4 inches long, a semi tractor with trailer is about 12 inches long.||Great for all ages. Small size makes this scale popular with kids and collectors.|
|1/72||Airplanes||Popular scale for airplanes. Still too large for modern most bombers and passenger jets.||Some suitable for older kids. Mostly collectibles.|
|1/87||Wide variety||Same scale as HO railroads. Large variety of trucks, equipment, and accessories available.||Great for anyone old enough to have an HO train set.|
|1/144||Airplanes||Common scale for larger planes.||Some suitable for older kids. Mostly collectibles.|
|1/400||Airplanes||A 747 is only 6 inches long. Used for only the largest aircraft.||Strictly for collectors.|