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1/35th Scale Model Railroading

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1/35th Scale Model Railroading
Posted by Brummbar65 on Wednesday, June 5, 2019 5:33 AM

Recently I bought and built a couple of the 1/35th scale Trumpeter railcar kits; and, I am starting to build one of their locomotives.  I have also noted that others like MiniArt offer other rail stock as well.

My question is why their is not a real 1/35th scale, functioning model railroad "class or guage' like HO and O scale?   Or, is their and I have just missed it?


Think about it, with all the offerings of 1/35 scale in figures and vehicles and accessories, it just seems like a natural.....



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Posted by GMorrison on Wednesday, June 5, 2019 9:53 AM

In some ways, 1/35 models are becoming out of date. 1/48 is very popular and selection is growing.

There isn't a working model railroad scale at 1/35 that has subjects that match what's available in plastic armor modeling. 


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  • From: Twin Cities of Minnesota
Posted by Don Stauffer on Thursday, June 6, 2019 9:22 AM

There are a number of gauges of model railroading, so they don't really need another.  1:35 would be between O gauge (1:48) and G gauge (1:22.5).  The size of a railroad at 1:35 would be pretty large.  G gauge is sometimes called Garden railroads because at that size an outdoor layout in a back yard is about the only option.  Even O gauge takes a major portion of most basements and the large size and limited popularity make it expensive.  HO (1:87) and N (1:160) are the most popular because the smaller size allows a big layout without taking over the whole basement.  Since G gauge and O gauge have existed for quite awhile, and folks have invested much in their layouts, I doubt if another large gauge would have much interest.


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Posted by GMorrison on Thursday, June 6, 2019 10:38 AM

There's an incidental benefit to having a static model railroad. It's much simpler to model details of the track, roadbed and equipment like signals and switch stands at scale.


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