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# How large is a 1:32 scale?

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A 1:32 scale means that the reproduction is 1/32nd of the size of the actual object. For example, a 24-foot long object using the 1:32 scale would be modeled using a 9-inch long replica.

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A scale is defined as the proportion of a reduced copy of an object to its actual size. In maps, scales are classified into three types: verbal, bar and representative fraction, otherwise known as natural scale. The 1:32, or 1/32, scale is an example of a representative fraction.

The 1:32 scale is used in modeling automobiles or toys. In die-cast toys, the 1:32 scale is preferred over the 1:16 scale because it is less expensive. In die-cast automobiles, aside from the 1:32 scale, other modeling scales include 1:12, 1:18, 1:24 and 1:64.

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