Model Aircraft Scales Explained

If you’re interested in kick-starting your model aircraft hobby but are unsure where to start when it comes to the vast range of different scales and sizes then we want to make things as easy as possible for you in starting on this journey!

Model aeroplanes are a fantastic pastime, allowing you to reap the benefits of the original aircraft’s beauty in the comfort of your own space. The intricate details displayed on the aircrafts are of an elite standard and are perfect for putting on display to make maximum impact.

Here at Flightstore, we offer 1:48, 1:72, 1:100, 1:144, 1:150, 1:200, 1:300 and 1:400 scales of model aircrafts, offering a vast range of scales to suit all levels of aeroplane model building.

These model aircraft are collector’s items and when taken care of can become a huge asset to the world of model aircraft making, so why not embark on this exciting journey by the starting right here at Flightstore.

More often than not, these model scales are usually considerably smaller than the real-life object that they are modelled on. So why the ratio? The number on the left-hand side of the colon or slash represents the original object, which is usually 1 (1= full size). After the colon or the slash, this number will reflect the finished model’s size. For example, if the model was 1:1 scale, the model would be an exact replica of the original model. However, if the model scale was 1:24, the model would be 24 times smaller than the original object.

Aircraft scale models

Why is size so important?

Larger aircraft models

Knowing the size and scale of your model aircraft really allows you to understand how the model needs handling and displaying. The bigger the parts of your model aircraft are, the easier they are to physically handle. Bigger aircrafts allow for more artistic interpretation, however, be aware that it does make them more tricky to display.

Smaller aircraft models

The great thing about smaller aircraft models is that it’s much less of a challenge to find somewhere appropriate to display them. They are however more fiddly to handle and are sometimes unable to showcase the exquisite designs that are on the original aircraft.


Spitfire Mk.I Battle of Britain 1940 flown by P/O Robert Doe – Scale 1:48

This model scale means that the real-life aircraft is 48 times bigger than the model that you are going to be building. With a diverse range of model aircrafts here at Flightstore, these 1:48 scale aircrafts are the perfect size for displaying, all models here at this scale actually come with a display stand so that you can really showcase their excellence. These model aircrafts are perfect if you are looking to replicate authentic details of the original aircraft; 1:48 is half the size of 1:24 and allows you to produce detailed and precise finishes. The finishes on this aircraft are stunning and really display the beauty that comes with model aircraft 


Spitfire Mk1 57 OTU, RAF Hawarden 1942 Diecast Model – Scale 1:72

Spitfire Mk1 57 OTU, RAF Hawarden 1942 Diecast Model

With our 1:72 model aircraft, if lined up back to back, it would take 72 to represent the size of the actual aeroplane. This scale corresponds to one-sixth of an inch representing one foot, or in other words 1 inch to 6 feet. 

All of our 1:72 models come mounted on a stand that displays the flying configurations. These aircraft models don’t take up much room which is ideal if you have a display cupboard or you are limited for space. They represent realistic details of the actual thing.  1:72 is one of the most popular scaled model aircraft, allowing large planes to be recreated in a smaller space.


1:100 – Skywings AH-64 Apache Diecast Model Scale

Skywings AH-64 Apache Diecast Model Scale 1:100

Our range of 1:100 model aircrafts means that the real aircraft is 100 times bigger than what you’re making. All of these model aircrafts come with display configurations on the stand that they come with and therefore allow you to appreciate a 360 view of your newly purchased model. Perfect if you have many aircraft models on display or want to showcase it in a smaller space, this beautiful model allows you to enjoy the aircraft in all its glory.


C-47 Skytrain “Tico Belle”Diecast Model – Scale 1:144

C-47 Skytrain "Tico Belle"Diecast Model - Scale 1:144

Our stunning range of 1:144 scale model aircrafts is perfect for all model collectors, no matter if you’re just starting out or have a vast collection. This is another popular scale and is commonly used for larger aircrafts. The amazing model comes with RAF official packaging and a genuine licensed RAF model, guaranteed to look amazing on display.


American Airlines A321Neo Plastic Model – Scale 1:150

American Airlines A321Neo Plastic Model - Scale 1:150

The scale 1:150 is perfect for larger aircrafts, particularly for commercial airlines. The 1:150 scale means that the model is 150 times smaller than the actual aeroplane.  This model also comes with a display stand so that you can exhibit your model wherever you please and showcase the beautiful details on the aircraft. 


Airbus A380 Snap Model – Scale 1:200

A380 Snap Model - Scale 1:200

The 1:200 model replicates the Emirates Airbus 200 times smaller than the original aircraft. This model comes with stand and landing gears and offers elite and top of the range detailing. This model aircraft is made from superior quality, includes a display stand and is highly collectable.


Postage Stamp – TWA L 1049 Diecast Model – Scale 1:300

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TWA L 1049 Diecast Model - Scale 1:300

Our 1:300 scale TWA L 1049 Diecast Model allows you to display the finer details and finishing touches that really make a difference. This scale allows you to display larger aircraft without the worry of excessive space. 


Airbus A350 XWB Carbon Livery Diecast Model – Scale 1:400

Airbus A350 XWB Carbon Livery Diecast Model - Scale 1:400

The 1:400 scale is ideal for replicating larger aircrafts. The scale is representative of the model being 400 times smaller than the actual aircraft. This model allows you to enjoy all of the intricate details of the British Airways Boeing on a model scale. 

We hope that this blog has helped you to unpack the complexities of aircraft model scales.  Be sure to check out more of our aircraft scale models here at Flightstore. 

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