If you’re looking for buildings, vehicles, accessories and scenery to go with 28mm war gaming and table top figures you’ll need to the know scale.
Model kits aren’t sold by physical dimensions of the object, as war game figures are by the relative scale compared to real life.
Common modelling scales are 1:144, 1:72 (the most numerous), 1:48, 1:32, 1:24, 1:16, 1:8 and 1:4 where 1 represents the model and the number on the right indicates how many times larger the real life equivalent will be.
So a tank in 1:72 scale would be 72 times larger than it the model at this scale.
The smaller the number the larger the model.
The average height of a human male is 1755mm – 5.7ft or 175.5cm – which is 62 times larger than a 28mm figure so the scale will be 1:62.
Models aren’t made in this scale and the closest would be 1:64 and there are a range of die cast vehicles in this scale.
For other objects and accessories, the next closest is 1:72 for which there is a huge range of models and armoured fighting vehicles (AFV) in particular. Airfix, Revell, Italeri, Tamiya, Hasegawa, Heller and Monogram are the more well known manufacturers producing kits.
For scenery, I’d tend to use 1:76.2 which is the scale of OO gauge model railways and for which there’s plenty of terrain and scenic objects – trees, plants, walls, etc.
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Andy is a lifelong modeler, writer, and founder of modelrailwayengineer.com. He has been building model railways, dioramas, and miniatures for over 20 years. His passion for model making and railways began when he was a child, building his first layout at the age of seven.
Andy’s particular passion is making scenery and structures in 4mm scale, which he sells commercially. He is particularly interested in modelling the railways of South West England during the late Victorian/early Edwardian era, although he also enjoys making sci-fi and fantasy figures and dioramas. His website has won several awards, and he is a member of MERG (Model Railway Electronics Group) and the 009 Society.
When not making models, Andy lives in Surrey with his wife and teenage son. Other interests include history, science fiction, photography, and programming. Read more about Andy.