I seem to remember a large model railway a club built that was precisely to scale (4mm) in every detail. Whilst it was great fun to build and took years, it was actually boring to run and to watch. Because everything was being run exactly how a real railway was run, and the clock was also to scale, nothing actually happened! Most railway lines away from the main stations are devoid of any activity for most of the day, so in copying that they just created a yawnfestTwo things to remember when it comes to working to scale.
1. If it's done exactly to scale, every dimension to scale, every angle of a curve to scale, the finished product will be to scale but it won't look right, as manufacturers have found out to their cost in the past
2. Even if you did 1 above, the thickness of the material for the body, glazing etc. would not be to scale.
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