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Understanding Diecast Vehicle Scale

Almost every collectible diecast vehicle on our website will be listed as a certain "scale."  For some, this can get confusing, so here's a handy guide to what scale actually means.

The scale of a diecast vehicle is an indication of its size relative to the actual car that it is a model of.  This means that a 1/24 scale car is one 24th the size of the actual car.  A 1/18 scale car is one 18th the size of the actual car, and so on.

For example: if a real-life Corvette Stingray is about 15 feet (180 inches) long, then a 1/24 scale Corvette Stingray will be about 7 1/2 inches long (180 divided by twenty-four).   A 1/18 scale replica of the same car would be 10 inches long.

In general, this means that a 1/18 vehicle will be larger than a 1/24 vehicle, which is larger than a 1/32, which is larger than a 1/43, which is larger than a 1/64, and so on -- the larger the number, the smaller the car.

For reference, a 1/18 car is usually about 10-12 inches (depending on the size of the actual car).  A 1/24 car is generally about 7-9 inches.  Many of the cars made in the smaller scales (1/32-1/38) are actually made so that the car will be 5 inches long, regardless of the scale.  Finally, it's important to note that larger vehicles, such as trucks or construction vehicles, are often made on a smaller scale (1/50 or 1/64), but are in fact about the size of 1/24 scale cars, since the actual vehicle is much larger.

To get a better idea, please consult the picture above, which shows several different scale cars lined up next to each other.

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