There have always been model kits that are big scale. While I doubt they are as popular as small kits, say 1/25 or so, they do offer more room for detailing. This also makes any modifications you do magnified, easier to see and appeciate.
With a growing population of modelers that are older (and our eyesite isn’t what it used to be), larger kits are becoming more popular than ever before. It makes it easier for us to actually see what we’re building, without using tweezers and a magnifying glass to add that tiniest of model parts to the build.
Airfix, Revell, AMT, MPC, Round2, Lindberg, all have been bringing out larger kits, wherether it’s a new tool (Revell’s GT500 Mustang) or something older (such as the Lindberg Hot Rods), there’s a kit for every kind of builder and subject. Tamiya is a big producer of large scale kits and have been for many years. Most of them in 1/12 scale.
Big scale models range from cars, trucks, hot rods, tanks, motorcycles, engines, even aircraft. Do they cost a little more than the smaller kits? Of course. But you tend to get a lot of bang for the buck. You also get some subjects that may never be made in a smaller scale kit. And let’s face it, the big scale models really catch the eyes of everyone, they’re quite impressive on the model table or your model shelf at home. Talk about the WOW factor!
Probably the biggest draw back is, where do you display the large scale model once you’ve assembled it?
I also feel that large scale kits, especially cars, give you that big look to them. Meaning, they look so much more like the real thing because of their size. Again, they make an impressive statement, even to folks who may not be a modeler, but can appreciate the easy to see details and hard work you have into them.
Big scale models are usually 1/12 (a scale that’s also popular with motorcycle models, and some figure kits), 1/16 (some figure kits are this scale too), 1/8 (a really large scale, and popular with figures), 1/18 (the same as the popular diecast scale), and the huge 1/6 scale (made more common now because they work well with 12 inch figures). There are a few other odd ball scales for models, but these are the most common when referring to Big Scale .
The kits aren’t for everyone, but they sure are fun to build!