Why Isn’t 1:24 scale popular?

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Why Isn’t 1:24 scale popular?

Post by Turn2MS » Sun Mar 18, 2018 4:25 am

I always wondered why 1:24 never became popular among collectors. Seems they never really grew beyond the toy market, despite attempts by Minichamps, Schabak, Gama, among others in the 90s.

To me they strike a good balance between the benefits of 1:18 and compactness. I collected them but gave up since selection was slim. There were some good ones produced by no name manufacturers in the recent past, but that didn’t spark any real momentum. They continue to be great value but they leave much to be desired in terms of detail and quality. Still a good option if this is what your budget and space allows. If u enjoy the entry level market, it makes sense to spend less, especially since u r unlikely to recoup cost.

Any other 1:24 collectors out there who hope for a growing future?

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Re: Why Isn’t 1:24 scale popular?

Post by [KRAFTIG] » Sun Mar 18, 2018 8:35 am

Personally I never even considered the scale.

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Re: Why Isn’t 1:24 scale popular?

Post by Mac47 » Sun Mar 18, 2018 10:15 am

1:24 has neither the impressive presence of 1:18 and 1:12, nor the Fabergé egg wonder of 1:43.

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Re: Why Isn’t 1:24 scale popular?

Post by Marcel171281 » Sun Mar 18, 2018 10:20 am

to small to compete with 1/18 over detail, to big to compete with 1/43 over display space.

And, very important, for people who are already have a collection, they will not swap model size and start over.

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Re: Why Isn’t 1:24 scale popular?

Post by MysteriousRJC » Sun Apr 15, 2018 11:05 pm

Maybe because it’s not size between the next size up in the size my word for what the price ranges?

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Re: Why Isn’t 1:24 scale popular?

Post by Oldtimer » Sun Apr 15, 2018 11:20 pm

That's where the diecast manufacturers retreated to for Nascar, when they totally abandoned 1/18 scale. In that genre, they are cheaper to produce the Easter egg hunt of livery of the week.

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Re: Why Isn’t 1:24 scale popular?

Post by StratosWRC » Sun Apr 15, 2018 11:21 pm

1/24 is HUGE. Much bigger than 1/18. Most of the parts and detail up kits available out there are for 1:24 models. We're actually a relatively small niche

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Re: Why Isn’t 1:24 scale popular?

Post by Oldtimer » Sun Apr 15, 2018 11:25 pm

StratosWRC wrote:1/24 is HUGE. Much bigger than 1/18. Most of the parts and detail up kits available out there are for 1:24 models. We're actually a relatively small niche
Oh, don't even start on plastic kits and available parts and decals, if you are a modeler, 1/24 is Heaven.

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Re: Why Isn’t 1:24 scale popular?

Post by MysteriousRJC » Mon Apr 16, 2018 5:54 am

Oldtimer wrote:That's where the diecast manufacturers retreated to for Nascar, when they totally abandoned 1/18 scale. In that genre, they are cheaper to produce the Easter egg hunt of livery of the week.
I have a funny car and top fuel dragster in 1/24. That seems to be the popular size for them as well

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Re: Why Isn’t 1:24 scale popular?

Post by Barryw » Wed Apr 18, 2018 9:28 am

Personally i also never saw why it didnt take it. To me it is an ideal size. I only have 2 - a SMTS lightweight E-type and a 330 Ferrari. I think the reason it never really took off was more down to the fact that 1/43rd and 1/18th had already become frontrunners - and a third scale perhaps wasnt warranted (or welcome)

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Re: Why Isn’t 1:24 scale popular?

Post by SPhilli911 » Wed Apr 18, 2018 2:21 pm

One of my first models was a 1/24 Porsche 993 Carrera with opening parts and I loved it! As a kid I took it everyone until one day I dropped and broke it. Anyways, I like the scale, but never collected them due to lack of selection. But I do build 1/24 kits these days, which is where 1/24 scale dominates.

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Re: Why Isn’t 1:24 scale popular?

Post by Lucky13 » Sun Apr 29, 2018 1:28 am

Ahhhhh......One of the popular MYTHS amongst 1:18 collectors.
The other "elephant in the room" is 1:43.
Both are waaaayyyyyy bigger than 1:18.

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Re: Why Isn’t 1:24 scale popular?

Post by Marcel171281 » Sun Apr 29, 2018 4:05 am

Lucky13 wrote:Ahhhhh......One of the popular MYTHS amongst 1:18 collectors.
The other "elephant in the room" is 1:43.
Both are waaaayyyyyy bigger than 1:18.
Yes 1:43 is way bigger than 1:18. And indeed waaaaayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy bigger.

Yet in Europe 1:24 is maybe a bit different than on the other side of the water. In moddelling it is by far the biggest scale. You can buy absolutely anything in 1:24, as long as you build it yourself.

But die-cast or resin, 'ready-to-go' models, in 1:24 are rare. They are here, but almost all of them are toys, Jada, BBurago, Maisto, Motor Max, etc. Good quality 1:24 models, like you can buy in 1:18, are scarce.

I'm talking about Western Europe now, I have no idea how things with 1:24 are in the rest of the world ;)
(we don't do Nascar and dragsters..... :P)

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Re: Why Isn’t 1:24 scale popular?

Post by Lucky13 » Sun Apr 29, 2018 4:47 pm

Marcel171281 wrote:
Lucky13 wrote:Ahhhhh......One of the popular MYTHS amongst 1:18 collectors.
The other "elephant in the room" is 1:43.
Both are waaaayyyyyy bigger than 1:18.
Yes 1:43 is way bigger than 1:18. And indeed waaaaayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy bigger.

Yet in Europe 1:24 is maybe a bit different than on the other side of the water. In moddelling it is by far the biggest scale. You can buy absolutely anything in 1:24, as long as you build it yourself.

But die-cast or resin, 'ready-to-go' models, in 1:24 are rare. They are here, but almost all of them are toys, Jada, BBurago, Maisto, Motor Max, etc. Good quality 1:24 models, like you can buy in 1:18, are scarce.

I'm talking about Western Europe now, I have no idea how things with 1:24 are in the rest of the world ;)
(we don't do Nascar and dragsters..... :P)
I'm European and I grew up in Europe.
Having said that, in late '90s Hotwheels (yes, the Barbie makers) made models with engine wires, authentic custom colors and "carpet" in 1:24 that came in styrofoam clamshell boxes with certificates of authenticity. That was long before Autoart ever did anything like that. If they even existed. And if we get into Franklin Mints and Danbury Mint models, the choices are quite a treasure to behold.
I think one of the reasons why 1:18 collectors are kind of clueless about 1:24 is the subject matter. 1:18 has always catered to the exotics fans predominantly, which is not the case with 1:24. I mean, when was the last time you heard on a forum someone wishing AutoArt made a '30s Coca Cola delivery truck?
The variety of subject matter in 1:24 also blows 1:18 out of the water. And I am talking ready to display models. Not kits.


The truth is that the 1:18 "branch" of the hobby is the youngest. It is developing with quite the speed tho.

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Re: Why Isn’t 1:24 scale popular?

Post by Q-DawgVFR » Tue May 08, 2018 12:31 am

I am first and foremost a model builder, so 1/24 and 1/25 has always been something I pay attention to.

I think a lot of the previous comments nail it.

Some of my own thoughts are:

- 1/24 is heaven for a builder: lots of subject matter
- diecasts in this scale are typically more toylike and other than the franklin / danbury mint, and a couple other manufacturers, there are not many high quality diecasts in this scale. Yet. Remember 1/18 started in a similar way though. I have seen 1/18 grow from its infancy into what it is now: 1/24 is growing I think. At least in terms of quality.
- 1/18 wins for detail and presence, while 1/43 is a handy size. 1/24 is somewhere in between. High detail (to similar extent of 1/18 models) is quite possible.
- I look at developments such as proper hinges in some of the recent 1/24 offerings, and popularity for subject matter like trucks, emergency and commercial vehicles, and 1/24 has a TON of potential.

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