1 48 Is A Scale Often Used For Model Aircraft And Model Railroads

Submitted by: Annie Blaire

1:48 scale is popular among enthusiasts both as diecast models, construction toys and plastic models. It is especially traditional with manufacturers of scale model airplanes and model railways (where it is known as O gauge). 1:48 is also the most popular scale among Lego hobbiests because it is almost the scale of the minifig (1.5 inches: 6 feet).

It is close in dimension to 1:43 scale and 1:50 scale which are very popular for diecast vehicles.

Many manufacturers produce die-cast models of cars, buses, trucks construction equipment and other vehicles in scales compatible with or similar to O scale model railways. These are available in 1:48 scale, 1:43 scale and 1:50 scale. Producers include Conrad, Corgi, NZG, TWH Collectibles and many others. These are popular with collectors and easy to find.

In the past, Tamiya has started to manufacture a stock of military trucks scale models in 1:48 in addition to their more common 1:35 scale stock. This has been seen as an attempt to step into a bigger market since the stiff competition in the more bigger scale. This is the popular scale for Admiralty Board style models and Shipyard builders models.


It is common with producers of model railroads.

The biggest makers of USA 0 scale model trains today are Lionel, Weaver Models, LLC, MTH Electric Trains, Atlas O, and LLC.

In the USA, manufacturers such as the Ives, American Flyer and Lionel used 0 scale for their budget stock, marketing either Gauge 1 or Wide gauge (also known as standard gauge) as their premium models.

The Great Depression wiped out demand for the expensive bigger model trains, and by 1932, 0 gauge was the standard, almost by default. Because of the emphasis on play value, the gauge of pre World War II 0 gauge model trains varied. After World War II, manufacturers started paying more attention to gauge, and post-war engines and rolling stock tend to be larger and more detailed than their earlier counterparts.

Since the early 90s, O scale manufacturers have begun placing more emphasis on details, and the scale has experienced a resurgence in fame, although it remains less hamous than N and HO gauge. However, newer companies including MTH Electric Trains, LLC, Lionel, Atlas O, and Weaver are making very exact 1:48 scale models of trains.

0 gauge beginnings up until the mid-1970s, the various producers trackside items would interoperate with one another, but the model train cars themselves used couplers of differing designs, often making it difficult or impossible to use different producers cars together. The post War consolidation did little to improve matters. Marx used three different standards depending on the product line. Lionel used two, so frequently the companies’ own entry-level stock were incompatible with their high-end items , let alone with the competition. Hobbyists who wanted differing standards to interoperate had to resort to replacing couplers.

Between 1946 and 1976, the primary U.S. manufacturers of O gauge trains were Marx and Lionel, with American Flyer switching to the more-realistic S gauge and the rest of the manufacturers out of business.

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with a lot of context about o scale and o gauge figures.Info Model Railway – Railway modelling (UK, Australia, Ireland and Canada) or model railroading (US and Canada) is a hobby in which rail transport systems are modelled at a reduced scale. The scale models include locomotives, rolling stock, vehicles, tracks, signalling, roads, buildings, o gauge, lamps and features such as streams, mountains and canyons.



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