Scale Model


A scale model is a physical model, a representation or copy of an object that is larger or smaller than the actual size of the object, which seeks to maintain the relative proportions (the scale factor) of the physical size of the original object. Very often the scale model is used as a guide to making the object in full size. Scale models are built or collected for many reasons.

A scale model is a shorter version of a real model. These are miniature models which can be measured in scales. Most of the time scale models are used to actually construct or built a real object of actual size. These models are made for a purpose. Let us take an example – It is not often viable to construct a bridge or a building before evaluating its final outcome or its benefits. Therefore architects make such miniature buildings and then evaluate whether any changes are required or not. Once the final scale model is approved, they will go ahead and make the final masterpiece.

This will make them aware that there will be no problems in the future during the construction process. Many other professionals who prefer scale models are filmmakers who will first approve a scale model of their film set before the actual set is made, salesmen will make scale models of heavy equipments and machineries to show prospective clients.

Professional modelmakers often create models for many professions:
Engineers who require scale models to test the likely performance of a particular design at an early stage of development without incurring the full expense of a full-sized prototype.

Architects who require architectural models to evaluate and sell the look of a new construction before it is built.
Filmmakers who require scale models of objects or sets that cannot be built in full size.

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Many people like to collect scale models of places they visit on their travels.
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