18 May, 2012

Post-Apocalyptic Rides

I have collected a formidable array of 1/50 scale automobiles. I started collecting Hot Wheels G Machines line about 5 years ago for use in a Marvel Super Heroes campaign I ran using HeroClix for miniatures.  The broadness of the 1/50 scale cars combined with the low suspension and chopped roofs made them an attractive size for use with most 28mm minis. 1/43 scale diecasts are far too tall for most minis, and 1/55 are the right height but look too narrow beside the exaggerated wideness of gaming minis.  1/50s make a nice compromise – slightly too tall but wide enough. I should note that like other cars sold as 1/43 and 1/64, 1/50s can vary in actual scale… basically they are designed to fit a package size and average to be about 4″ long.
Of course the 1/50 scale Hot Wheels line was doomed to failure – as it was quite useful.  While they aren’t made anymore I still manage to pick up a few here and there, and I’ve even found some other diecast models that scale nicely with them, including a Jada diecast that is nearly 1/47 actual scale yet labeled “1/64.” Go figure.
My thoughts are to trick out a few of these for the post apocalyptic game Atomic Highway… I’m not sure I want to do all of them, as I might want normal cars for something in the future…. Anyway these are the models I have collected and can find:
  • 1969 Dodge Charger
  • 1970 Plymouth GTX
  • 1970 Plymouth Barracuda
  • 1930 Chevy Corvette Stingray
  • 1957 Chevy Bel Air
  • 1971 Dodge Challenger
  • 1968 Chevy Camaro
  • 1966 Imperial Crown
  • 1967 Pontiac GTO
  • 1970 Chevy Chevelle
  • 1970 Chevy Nova
  • 1977 Pontiac Trans Am
  • 1970 Chevy Camaro
  • 1956 Ford F100 Pickup
  • 1965 Buick Riviera
  • 1966 Ford Mustang
  • 1968 Ford Mustang
  • 1962 Volkswagen Karman Ghia
  • 2008 Nissan 350Z
  • 2008 Dodge Challenger
  • 1973 Ford Bronco
  • 1995 Range Rover
  • 1972 Bedford CF Van

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