Do you understand the different scales for Dollhouse Miniatures? Like trains, dollhouses come in a wide range of standard sizes. If you are new to Dollhouse Miniatures it can be difficult to choose which size you should collect or create. I will break down the different scales and show you how can you check the size of the furniture and minaiture findings that are perfect for your collection.
Standardized sizes for modern dollhouses include 1:6, 1:12, 1:24, and 1:48. You will also find that some antique houses are often a custom size. Some scales are popular for collectors of artisan miniatures, while others are more useful for children. Before investing in a dollhouse, you should understand the various scales available and determine which scale is best for your collection and crafting skills.
1:6 Scale: Playscale Miniatures
Playscale is not something you are going to see a great deal of in miniature shops. Items in 1:6 scale, known Playscale, are sized to fit with common fashion dolls such as Barbie or collectible action figures. In this scale, 1" is equivalent to 6" in full size, so a standard 7.5' door would measure 15 inches. This is the scale for most Japanese 'Re-Ment' accessories and play foods.
1:12 Scale: Dollhouse Miniatures
Often called 1-inch scale, this is the most popular scale. Maybe its for its easy conversion; 1 foot = 1 inch. So, 12 ft in real life, the scaled version would be 12 inches. It could also be a popular choose amongst collectors and artisans as this is the scale of Queen Mary's epic 1924 dollhouse. This scale is readily available and easy to work with, however it can be more expensive than other scales.
1:24 Scale: Half-Scale Miniatures
1:24 dollhouse scale, or half scale was a popular dollhouse scale in the 1950s and is starting to gain populatiry again in the miniature world. Maybe its because avid collectors and makers are starting to run out of space and this scales takes up less space! Unfortunately, this scale is still limited compared to 1:12 scale. This scale is also fairly popular for high-end die-cast car collectibles, as street scenes are much easier to construct in 1:24 vs 1:12 scale.
In 1:24 scale, a doorway is usually 3 to 4 inches high, with dolls standing between 2 1/2 to 3 inches tall.
1:48 Scale: Quarter-Scale Miniatures
1:48 scale, or quarter scalle dollhouses, are becoming increasingly popular, especially in North America and the UK. Its much harder to find than 1:12 scale and 1:24 scale and its much harder to work with than other larger scales. A magnifying glass is usually needed. Details are usually lost in this scale due to the size.
This scale is similar to "O" scale in the railroad industry. In this scale, a person who is 6 feet high would be 1.5 inches inches tall.
1:144 Scale: Micro-Scale Miniatures
1:144 is a Dollhouse for a Dolls House Scale, or Micro Scale. Houses this size can be used as 1:12 scale dolls houses inside a 1:12 scale dolls house. This usually adds an rxtra charm and an unique scale to your dollhouse miniatures collection, however this scale can be very hard to work with, very easy to lose and can be more expensive than larger sizes. This is usually due to the intricate level of work and time needed to complete. The 1:144 scale is very close to the "N" scale for the railway industry.
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