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 Scale conversion charts

How To Use a Copier to Convert Scale Drawings

Like many modelers, every once in a while I work from scale drawings. The drawings are most effective when printed in the exact scale of the model. If done so, they can be used directly for dimensional measurements by laying the model parts on top of the drawings. They can also be used to check the outline accuracy of the parts. Or to cut masks for camouflage designs or markings.

On the contrary, having even the most detailed drawing in a wrong scale is much less useful since it can only serve as a general reference.

Click here to download a word document of this page, great for printing.

To scale         Reduce
From 1:16 1:24 1:25 1:32 1:35 1:48 1:50 1:72 1:76 1:87 1:100 1:144 1:160
1:16   67% 64% 50% 46% 33% 32% 22% 21% 18% 16% 11% 10%
1:24 150%   96% 75% 69% 50% 48% 33% 32% 28% 24% 17% 15%
1:25 156% 104%   78% 71% 52% 50% 35% 33% 29% 25% 17% 16%
1:32 200% 133% 128%   91% 67% 64% 44% 42% 37% 32% 22% 20%
1:35 219% 146% 140% 109%   73% 70% 49% 46% 40% 35% 24% 22%
1:48 300% 200% 192% 150% 137%   96% 67% 63% 55% 48% 33% 30%
1:50 313% 208% 200% 156% 143% 104%   69% 66% 57% 50% 35% 31%
1:72 450% 300% 288% 225% 206% 150% 144%   95% 83% 72% 50% 45%
1:76 475% 317% 304% 238% 217% 158% 152% 106%   87% 76% 53% 48%
1:87 544% 363% 348% 272% 249% 181% 174% 121% 114%   87% 60% 54%
1:100 625% 417% 400% 313% 286% 208% 200% 139% 132% 115%   69% 63%
1:144 900% 600% 576% 450% 411% 300% 288% 200% 189% 166% 144%   90%
1:160 1000% 667% 640% 500% 457% 333% 320% 222% 211% 184% 160% 111%  
             

How to use the table

The rates are given in percent, which is common scaling notation for photocopiers throughout the world. As they are also rounded off to a full percent, all you need to do is enter a given value on the photocopier and start copying.

 

Scale Conversion Chart Transposes

Any form of modeling is dependant upon the proper conversion of real "live" dimensions to the scale you are working in.

This particular conversion chart was put together for the International Plastic Modeler's Society and it provides modelers with the ability to scale about any object accurately.

Click here to download a word document of this page, great for printing.

Scale

1 inch

1 scale foot = (fraction)

1 scale foot = (decimal)

1 scale meter =(mm)

Comments

1/4 4" 3" 3" 250.0 mm Flying models, live-steam trains
1/8 8" 1 1/2" 1.5" 125.0 mm Cars, motorcycles, live-steam train
1/12 1" 1" 1" 83.3 mm Cars, motorcycles, dollhouses
1/16 1' 4" 3/4" .75" 62.5 mm Cars, motorcycles, live-steam trains
1/20 1' 8" 19/32" .6" 50.0 mm Cars
1/22.5 1' 10 1/2" 17/32" .53" 44.4 mm G scale trains
1/24 2' 1/2" .5" 41.7 mm Cars, trucks, dollhouses
1/25 2' 1" 15/32" .48" 40.0 mm Cars, trucks
1/32 2' 8" 3/8" .375" 31.25 mm Aircraft, cars, No 1 scale trains, "54mm" figures
1/35 2' 11" 11/32" .343" 28.57 mm Armor
1/43 3' 7" 9/32" .279" 23.25 mm Cars, trucks
1/48 4' 1/4" .25" 20.83 mm Aircraft, armor, O scale trains "1/4" scale ships
1/64 5'4" 3/16" .187" 15.62 mm Aircraft, S scale trains
1/72 6' 11/64" .167" 13.88 mm Aircraft, armor, boats
1/76 6' 4" 5/32" .158" 13.16 mm Armor
1/87 7' 3" 3.5mm .138" 11.49 mm Armor, HO scale trains
1/96 8' 1/8" .125" 10.42 mm "1/8"scale ships, aircraft
1/100 8'4" -- .120" 10.0 mm Aircraft
1/125 10'5" -- .096" 8.0 mm Aircraft
1/144 12' 1/12" .083" 6.94 mm Aircraft
1/160 13' 4" -- .075 6.25 mm N scale trains
1/192 16' 1/16" .062" 5.21 mm "1/16" scale ships
1/200 16' 8" -- .06" 5.0 mm Aircraft, ships
1/220 18' 4" -- .054" 4.54 mm Z scale trains
1/285 23' 9" -- .042" 3.5 mm Wargame pieces
1/350 29' 2" -- .034" 2.86 mm Ships
1/700 58' 4" -- .017" 1.43 mm Ships
1/720 60' 1/60" .016" 1.38 mm Ships
1/1200 100' 1/100" .01" .83 mm Wargame Ships
1/2400 200' 1/200" .005" .42 mm Wargame ships

 

 

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June 04, 2012 09:31 PM

 
 

 

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