First Use: "Desert Plains" Display Base by MIG

Model Scene also sells directly from their website:

Model Scene looks good, and so these guys: Reality in Scale
They have a variety of mats and other scenery stuff. You can buy them through their website, on eBay, and at BnA Model World.

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@Jimbo , I was taking a look through Scenic Express’s shop and found some nice corns stalks. For 1/35, should I buy O or HO? The reason I ask is they have a nice pack of corn rows to make a field easily, but it is only in HO.

H0 is 1:87, 0 is double the size. 1 is 1:32.

Hi Colin, as Erwin pointed out HO is a much smaller scale than 1/35, as is O. In HO typical 6-foot (2 meter) high cornstalks would be about 1” actual (roughly 2.5 cm). In O it is indeed roughly double (I heard it once said and I think since refuted as they are not truly 1:2) that ‘HO’ was an acronym for “Half O”.
In 1/35 scale 6-foot cornstalks would be about 2 inches high (roughly 5.5 cm).
Of course if you’re modeling 1/48 than any O scale accessory is scale-appropriate.
I think one could very easily and economically make paper cornstalks using a Cricut cutter. I could do it on the laser - maybe I’ll give it a go! I’d want to find some appropriately colored paper I think…


You are correct H0 indeed stands for Half 0 (zero). These are model railroad standard scales.

1/2 times zero still equals zero. :slight_smile:

It’s actually the letter O, as in Oscar. But yes, HO is half O, which has been both roughly and exactly interpreted by different scales throughout the years, i.e. 1/43, 1/43.5, 1/48…

Since I also do model railroads, every where I come it is pronounced as half zero, but I understand that the English speaking world uses half oh…

Tried to sray out of this but no . . .

The “O” in O Scale is actually a Zero.

Zero Gauge. ~ At the time (pre-1910) the most common scale was Standard Gauge or #1 Gauge (larger than O)

When the smaller O scale/gauge was first introduced it became Zero Gauge.

But of course no wanted to refer to their model trains as Zero so it became O as in Oscar.

And yes HO stands for Half O. However the scale proportions there are not exactly a true half.

Also I suspect no one really wants to talk about Scale versus Gauge because they ARE NOT the same thing. (Not always)

Ah. Well I stand corrected. It was explained to me almost three decades ago by a guy I who thought knew what he was talking about. (he ran one of the many now defunct hobby shops in my area) It made sense as he explained it, as he point out all the other scales were letters as well - G, N, Z…

I do find it odd that your reference has this blurb,

By as early as 1922 the firm Bing in Nuremberg, Germany, had been marketing a “tabletop railway” for several years.

But did not mention the popularity of TT scale, which I had always been told stood for Table Top. I had a lot of TT equipment I purchased in East Belin. I really wish I hadn’t sold it. (to that very same hobby shop owner no less)

I seen they have several different kinds of the AMMO mats on AMAZON. Ill go with them and get free shipping.

But you have also scale 1. The other scales came much later…

I (@165thspc) never mentioned TT, OO or OOO. Don’t really want to get into those. Too complex. Too confusing. Much too “almost but not quite.”

p.s. Also dont forget the new F Scale 1 : 23.2. Great big beautiful stuff! Usually repersenting Narrow Gauge so we can’t call it F Gauge but have to instead, refer to it as F Scale.

@Jimbo , @golikell , Thanks for your help. I might get some O scale corn for my 1/48 Sherman from Hobbyboss. Your input will help me determine plants for future dioramas.


Great idea for a diorama Colin, I look forward to seeing how you make out!


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@Jimbo , Thanks, I’ll probably make a thread for it at some point in the future!

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If it helps, I am also an old guy who happens to work in an “All Trains” hobbyshop.

Yeah, it would look good with my Hasegawa 1/32 KI-61 Hein.

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Yes. All model examples here are 1/35th scale.

Some further thoughts on using these mats for a quick photo backdrop.
This time with On30 equipment.

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