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Hello:

I seldom see or hear the word "prototype" used in model making.  If I'm not mistaken, is a prototype the actual object that the model kit is based upon?

I thank you for your reply.

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pro·to·type
ˈprōtəˌtīp
noun

A first, typical or preliminary model of something, esp. a machine, from which other forms are developed or copied.

The same definition holds true for scale models and 1:1 reality.

As an aside of late many model kits are kits of vehicle prototypes, not production vehicles.  Trumpeter has a full range of German WWII E-type tanks.  

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