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The length of your equipment, even more than the scale of the model, is the most important factor in setting a minimum radius. The list below includes conventionally accepted minimums for each of the major scales.

  • Z Scale: 195 mm
  • N Scale: 9 3/4 inches
  • HO Scale: 15-22 inches
  • HOn3 Scale: 15 inches (narrow gauge)
  • S Scale: 20 - 30 inches
  • O Scale ("Toy"): 13.5 inches
  • O Scale ("Scale"): 72 inches
  • On3 Scale: 36 inches
  • G Scale: 24-44 inches

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