Last week I found a blog post about the "three scales of model railroading". This article extolled the joys of model railroading, and informed beginners that there are three scales to choose from: HO, N, and G scale. Now anyone who is even remotely familiar with the hobby probably knows that there are more than three scales in the hobby. And while HO is the largest selling scale in the world and that N scale is the second largest, G scale is not third and probably not even fourth.
I'm not writing this because of one blogger's inaccurate post. I'm writing this because, in the week since that article appeared I've seen copies and equally inaccurate revisions of it on no less than four other sites. I knew that plagiarism was a common practice on the web, but I didn't know how common. In the history of model railroading there have been many scales. In my article on scales and gauges I cover the ones that I know to be still manufactured and marketed today somewhere in the world.
If you're new to the hobby, I'm confident you'll find this article that I've written more accurate and informative than the "three scale" articles that are popping up here and there.