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By: Jerald Lamance
1:144 scale built and kits of Scale Models are becoming a common trend not only in Asia, but in the West also. Many European and United States collectors are welcoming them for both scale model military vehicle display and miniature wargaming aims. It is twice as large as traditional micro armor of the 1:285 (~6 mm (0.236 in) figure) and 1:300 (~5 mm (0.197 in) figure) scale yet practically just as functional.



1:144 (~12 mm (0.472 in) figure) scale modeling and micros are measured closely related to N gauge (1:148-1:160 scale) (~10 mm (0.394 in) figure) and many items from both scales can be used interchangeably.


Die-cast Models

1:144 is a common scale for die-cast scale model airplanes. This scale is taken for large aircraft such as bombers and airliners.



Racing Champions also made a lot of series of mini racing cars and trucks during the late 1990s. These serieses included stock cars, funny cars and dragsters, classic automobiles, sought-after muscle cars, and even semi trucks. Although these Ertl-manufactured models are described as 1:144 scale; they are actually 1.5 in (38.1 mm) replicas.


Plastic Armor Scale Models

There are also a huge number of 1:144 military scale models. The scale (useable with the N scale of train modeling) gained followers in Japan. The available products include pre-painted and ready built WWII or modern armour such as Doyusha's CanDo line and Subarudo's World Tank Museum lines, and pre-painted, semi-assembled World War II airplanes. Military micro factories like Pendraken, Pithead Miniatures, Game Figures Inc. and Magister Militum produce a huge series of artillery pieces, tanks, infantry vehicles and weapons in this scale. 1:144 offers war-modellers the satisfaction of much finer detail than mini armour (which comes in 1:285 and 1:300 scales and of which 1:144 scale is conveniently twice as large) with the models remaining small enough to fight entire wars on a simple table.

Model Warship Combat Models


The majority of scale model warships built for scale model warship battles are constructed from scratch or partial kits in 1/144 scale although more exist in other scales.

Styrene Kits

1:144 scale has become a very common scale for planes and other large aircraft, however, there is a big series of other aircraft kits that are produced. The huge dimension of airliners makes this scale ideal for scale modeling. To use a larger scale would not only be very expensive but also difficult to produce and their dimension alone would prohibitively limit the market of said kits. Several companies use this scale also for historical spacecraft such as the Vostok 1, Saturn 1B, and Saturn V (Airfix) and the Space Shuttle (Revell). 1:144 scale is also seeing an increase in popularity in the use of model warships, particularly submarines, though other vessels are available. Aircraft, traditionally have been the primary source of model kits, Trumpeter, Revell of Germany, Dragon, Sweet, Platz, Micro Ace (former Arii) and Minicraft are frequent producers to this growing niche. There is also an ever increasingly number of kits in resin in this scale.

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