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Generally, most of the cars considered in the scale are approximately 1/70th to about 1/58th respectively. With most dominantly falling between the 1/60th on the large end to about 1/68th on the small, while still reading and participating in the S-Scale market.
It seems as though most of the manfacturers are now moving to the bigger scale (1/60th) for most of their pieces. Siku, although an import, has always been criticized for their size scale and even Impy - now with the market blitz by Jada, regular Funline products and even HWs it seems to be the standard right now.
The ironic part is that in these lines the trucks tend to be almost true 1/64th - especially in the instances of both Jada and the Funline Truckin releases.
Being a purest with regards to scale and tired of the days when VW Bugs were larger than Faun Dump Trucks it does not bother me with respect to MOST offerings, regular cars, trucks etc. I do draw the line when the "tuners" when they are as big as a Denali.
Does this effect your collecting?? Any thoughts on the NEW trend?? Does the large versus small effect your buying and collecting??
You know along time ago the "out of scale" size bothered me, I actually left some on the pegs just because it/they didn't look right compared to the Others. I guess I have gotten over it though and Anymore its just whether I like the piece or not.
I really don't mind the different sizes around the 1:64th market. I personally use my JL as well as other 1:64ths with my 1:87th HO scale trains. Sure I know they are different, but they just look better together in my opinion. Now when we get to these cars with a bigger front end and a small rear end, I leave them for the HW collectors. Then again, I really don't collect HW's anymore, just JL.
as long as it is made of metal (body OR chassis, one or the other will suffice), is a passenger car or truck in a recognized style (ie not a fantasy car) and fits in my Giovanni display cases, I'm interested.
It doesn't bother me anymore with JL.
And never did with Matchbox. And at least Matchbox actually puts the scale on the bottom of the castings.
I do know what you mean about the size of a VW Beetle that is larger than a Faun Dump truck. You will find a large variation in approximate 1/64 scale size from various manufacturers of VW Beetles. This becomes evident when you group all of the same type of castings from various manufacturers together in a group. Oh well!
Scale is important. I've left a lot of imports (and I LIKE imports) on the pegs because of this 'bigger is better' nonsense. In particular Jada and and Muscle Machines, but also a few of the Racing Champions "Fast and Furious"/"2 Fast 2 Furious" releases.
Scale always bothered me, even as a kid, but I would still buy a particular model of a car is I liked it enough. As, an adult, I have left quite a few JLs on the pegs that I might have otherwise bought because of the scale issue. I hope I don't have to to the same next year with the Maverick, Pinto, Vega and Gremlin. I would like to buy those, but will leave them if they are going to be as big as full-sizers.
I wish that 1/64 scale were actually 1/64. Funny you mention having scale bother you as a kid 96cutlass. I wouldn't play with toys if they were not of relatively the same scale... There is no way a 1/18 GIJOE guy could fit in a 1/64 diecast car, so why would they be played with together... It drove me nuts.
I will still buy JL's if they are not all the same scale though. I wish some of the Military vehicles were a bit larger and some of the imports and smaller cars were smaller, but I understand the reason they are not. Such is life. As long as I don't display the cars with scale discrepancies too close to each other I'm ok...
Overall, as long as the casting has good detail I will buy it.
Size is relative when displaying your vehicles.
You just don't put a JL Miata beside the JL Coke International Delivery Truck for obvious reasons.
I also buy vehicles because of the detail. And sometimes just because of the colour.
one of my current projects, is to build a scale car 1/64 dealship from the early seventies, ( Baldwin camaro or such) I want it to look as real as possible. I find the bigger cars from, other (un-named diecast company) compliment the Jl size of 1/64, This other company makes the most beautiful 59 Impala, and when you park it next to the JL blue 70 Monti , the scale looks perfect even though the 59 Impala says 1/64, its more like 1/63
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