All About Scale Models

Hello everyone! Happy 2013! I hope you all had a lovely holiday and are bright-eyed, busy-tailed and ready to go. If you’re dragging a bit and wishing you were back in bed on a Monday morning like this one though, don’t feel bad because you’re not alone.

We had a great Christmas over here in ID Models, and are looking forward to a year of an even more diverse offering of scale models, and to expand on our railway model range and snap kits.

Bearing in mind that we currently have enough paints to render and weather a full-scale cruise liner, you’ll be finding plenty to do to while away the time until the summer (and by you I mean me).

Scale Models

Speaking of scale models, you could well be wondering what I meant by that term. I mean, not everybody’s an expert, right? So if you’re new to our website and are at a loss as to what the numbers on top of all of our products could mean (1:50, 1:43, 1:76 for example), here’s a crash course:

Definition of ‘Scale Model’, as found on Wikipedia and which is pretty spot on:

- A representation or copy of an object that is larger or smaller than the actual size of the object, which seeks to maintain the relative proportions of the physical size of the original object.

So Who Makes and Buys Scale Models?

People build or collect scale models for loads of different reasons. There are even college degree courses in model-making, for modellers with a view to getting a job in the architectural or film industries (think Lord of the Rings and sets of The Hobbit).

They could also create scale models for engineering companies or tech companies who want to test the probably performance at a certain stage of development without having to actually make the product for real. Salesmen sometimes use them as well, and even artists make them (if they’re into that sort of thing).

Hobbyists and, well, people like us, would generally assemble or even mould their own die cast models, or build and operate model railway systems, collect products from war games or fantasy series, model ships/cars/planes etc., as well as remote control vehicles (as well you know).

So there’s the scoop!