N is the first letter of number 9 in English, as many other European languages.
N scale has become popular with
modelism enthousiasts . Name comes from observation that follows :
Normal gauge of a railway line (1435 millimiters) divided by 160 makes... 9 like Nine millimiters.
Smart and logical !
N scale is nice and fine :
Figurines look 1/2 inch tall (age and gender can be differentiated) and a doggy-dog,
a railing can be represented as well .
Buildings, even the tallest ones, can be built at N scale, from a fisher shelter (3/4 inch high)
to tour Eiffel (6 feet high) .
Let's building a cruise-ship or a cargo : 1/100th scale is too bulky,
1/200ème is hard to cope with realistic details like stairs, scales and railings . N scale is perfect for it.