An informal group of modellers who model in 7/8ths scale

Stand number: Y4

7/8ths scale, an introduction

16mm is a large scale, so why do 7/8ths (or even 1/12)?

Why not? If you have either 32mm or 45mm gauge track you can join the even larger scale fun as we run on that too. Some modellers have sessions with their 16mm stock one day and 7/8ths another – but check your clearances with platforms, tunnels etc. first, these models are big.

The great thing about still larger scales is the sheer presence their bulk brings. 7/8ths scale is almost exactly 40% larger than 16mm. But that’s in each of three dimensions. This means that a 7/8ths model occupies nearly three times the volume of an equivalent 16mm one, so even a quarry Hunslet, like the 7/8ths one released by Accucraft a few years ago, is quite a beast.

1/12 scale, at a convenient 1” or 25.4mm to the foot, is of course larger still; in fact it’s 60% larger than 16mm. A 1/12 model is a full four times the volume of a 16mm one.

A word about scale and gauge

32mm closely represents 18” in 7/8ths scale and 15” in 1/12

45mm represents 2’ in 7/8ths scale and 21” in 1/12

A lot of these larger scale models are either scratchbuilt or bashed from other items. But right now you can buy 7/8ths live steam models of Bagnall, Decauville or Groudle Glen locomotives as well as kits for i.c. locos and rolling stock.

So why not give it a try? Come and talk to us. As you already know, larger scales are addictive, perhaps 7/8ths and 1/12 even more so. As the Hotel California lyric goes, ‘You can check out any time you like, but you can never leave’.