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Lets Talk about 1:1 Scale Building in Minecraft (1.5:1)

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2017 Updated Conclusion Edit:
1.5:1 scale is the most optimal, I've concluded after two years. It is more akin to player-scale and adds more complexity to your build. Switching from 1:1 scale to 1.5:1 scale was a game-changer and a way to improve your builds. Everything under this is what I've written previously. Some of the things still apply.


Each minecraft block is supposed to be 1 meter across. When you make 1 to 1 scale builds, you take the measurements from real life and convert them into minecraft blocks. Say lets take an F-16 as an example: length of 15.05 m, wingspan of 9.96 m, and a height of 4.88 m. What you would do is probably round it to the closest whole number for the blocks like 15 blocks long, 10 blocks wide, 5 blocks high. Unfortunately it would be a bad thing to make a 1:1 scale aeroplane with an even number width which would make the center of the plane 2 blocks wide instead of 1, which is too wide. So you sometimes... actually a lot of times can't be exactly 1:1 scale. So I had to downscale it a bit to 9 blocks while keeping everything else scaled. Also sometimes you run into a number that is like in between two whole numbers and you have to make an executive decision on which to round to, usually for me it's up so I can make it bigger. These are the type of issues you have to deal with doing 1:1 scale.

Evaluation of 1:1 Scale Building



Generally easier to createHarder to implement details
Requires less blocksLess Impressive to People, = Less Diamonds,
Same scale as real life, useful for cities,
major projects
Sometimes you cannot be exactly to scale

Takes far less time, can build more
You have to try harder to presenting to
make it appealing

Compact and small
You have to think creatively when designing
a good one.
Less Stress

My Personal Views

I do a lot of 1:1 Scale building and the table above shows the Pros and Cons of it in my own experience. You will always be overshadowed by the megabuilders, that is inevitable. But it's still fun to design 1:1 Scale things, it's far less stressful and demanding.

The Most Popular 1:1 Scale builder I know is Yazur who runs his own server Esterlon. He is super successful. If you are ever doing real life scale, you should go big with it. 1:1 Scale doesn't have to mean necessarily small, Yazur's most popular projects is these giant sections of a City like the Airport, A 450+ Residential Area, an Oil Refinery, a Port, etc. If you get a lot of tiny little parts, they can add up to form a massively detailed thing. You can be a successful 1:1 scale builder, but you have to try really hard to make it look good.

Bigger scales at times can be quite tempting as a 1:1 scale builder: you can add so much more detail, people <3 BIG , and more diamonds are almost guaranteed. However, they are quite time consuming. You could be spending forever on that one project that you don't want to make anymore. But the payoff is so much more if you do that, I decided to write this blog because I'm deciding whether I should go into a higher scale. Even If I go up to 2:1 scale, it'll add a whole new level of the amount of detail I can add into one thing.

Well that's all I've got to say about this and Thank you to the few people who actually read this <3. Hue Hue I know most of you hate reading Xd.

Please I encourage you to share your thoughts in the comments below and diamond this Blog. I welcome all constructive feedback also to write better blogs.

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Update #1 : by CraftyFoxe 10/31/2017 3:00:53 amOct 31st, 2017

Updated conclusion that 1.5:1 is the best after all.

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05/07/2021 7:40 pm
Level 52 : Grandmaster Crafter
I always mix up scaling depending on the build like distances are more to 1:1 and my buildings are 1.5:1 to make the player fit in more.
08/04/2019 3:17 pm
Level 34 : Artisan Engineer
Rhombusk's Avatar
Say if I build a model, which is originally 100 meters tall, would the model then be 100 blocks tall?
05/22/2020 9:22 am
Level 1 : New Crafter
LieutenantWIgo's Avatar
If you were building it to 1:1 scale, then yes, that would be the case
06/27/2020 2:09 pm
Level 34 : Artisan Engineer
Rhombusk's Avatar
Thanks, man.
03/03/2019 9:27 pm
Level 56 : Grandmaster Engineer
Jim55's Avatar
When I first started building construction VEHICLES, I didn't know the scale I was building in. I still don't for sure. Been told my vehicles are in 1.5:1 and they fit in great in my city. For ME that's where my realism kicks in. I want the vehicle SIZE to be right. Most builders build their vehicle with 1 black BLOCK for a tire. 3 blocks wide cars, trucks, planes, etc and the realism size is wrong. MINECRAFT doesn't have a standard size chart. At least I haven't found it yet. MY truck builds have 4 stair blocks for each tire and most builds are 5 or 6 block wide trucks. In my city it LOOKS realistic having smaller 3 & 4 block wide cars, Next to my 5 or 6 block wide trucks. When I get invite to a city build, They always ask what scale I build in. They always have their 3 block wide vehicles on their 3 block wide street lane, and want me to change my builds to fit their streets. That's when its time for me to leave
03/03/2019 10:10 pm
Level 83 : Elite Fox
CraftyFoxe's Avatar
If your trucks are 5-6 blocks wide, it could be 2:1, usually my trucks are just 4 wide. For street lanes on foxshot, we use 5 block wide and 4 wide for parking spaces
03/03/2019 11:53 pm
Level 56 : Grandmaster Engineer
Jim55's Avatar
Thank you for letting me know, Of the people who told me 1.5:1 they didn't have your building level. So going to go with your thinking 2:1 scale
11/29/2017 4:00 am
Level 37 : Artisan Artist
Batlestar98's Avatar
Actually Crafty, I think this is a very important topic for people who wanna do this professionaly. I've seen many people trying to replicate something, but completely messing the project up, because they wether use exact measurements nor translate them into a different scale.

So of course the bigger you go with your scale, the more detail you can put into your builds. The biggest problem in minecraft, when talking about scale in my opinion, is the relation between the character you play and the blocks. If you compare Steve with the Sorroundings, he is 2 meters high. Thats also the reason why for us the most things that we build in 1:1 seems so small.. Cause they actually are. If you wanted a perfect scale for your sorroundings to feel comfortable, you would need 1:1,5.

Now the most people would say, well why then we dont just build everything in 1:1,5, it would solve all our problems. Well... not really. Because we have one major problem, which mojang wont solve probably in the next month and years. Thats the max. build height. If you are a realistic builder like me, you defenetly wanted to replicate a some kind of city back in the days. As we know the max. build hight is limited to 255 blocks, so we cant replicate the eiffel tower, which by the way is not even close, to the height of the heighest building yet (840m). If we consider now that we would need 1300m to replicate everything, what is made by us humans... there is no way out..

My conclusion/suggestion: If you build something, that will actually be used in your world by players, then build it in the scale of 1:1. Exeption: Vehicles deserve an own thread, so build them in 1:1,5, even if the buildings are in 1:1, because you will really have much more details on 1:1,5 builds and way more space. The smaller the subject/building, the better it will look in 1:1,5.

Another tipp from me about the width of vehicles:
Trains : 5m | Buses/Trucks : 4m | Regular Cars : 3m | Bikes : 1m
11/09/2017 1:54 pm
Level 39 : Artisan Engineer
Melaaaavin's Avatar
Feeling like a pioneer. :D
11/09/2017 11:10 pm
Level 83 : Elite Fox
CraftyFoxe's Avatar
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