How Do I Know What Scale I’m Using?

There are two ways to determine the scale of your micro model:

  1. Decide on a scale before you begin building.

  2. Figure out the scale after you’re done building.

Let’s look at each method separately.

Decide on a scale before you begin building.

Pretend for the moment that you’re building a model to go along with something a friend is building. Perhaps you’re putting together a microscale town. The two of you agree to a scale of about 1:100. This ensures that no matter what subject matter you use for inspiration (real buildings, photos, drawings, and so on), the structures you build will have similar proportions.


Picking a scale for a project like this is really arbitrary. You want to select a scale with a fairly large ...

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