My favourite scale for diecast collecting is 1:64 scale. This is the nominal scale for Hot Wheels and Matchbox . Looking in the 1969 Matchbox catalogue only the Fiat 1500, SnowTrac Tractor and Field Car are actually 1:64 scale. The Matchbox containers being the same size as each other determined the size of the model a Matchbox Crane Truck and a VW Beetle would be the same approximate size but the Beetle would be 1:59 and the Crane Truck 1:114.
Similarly with Hot Wheels the vehicles needed to fit into roughly the same size blister pack.
The Star Trek USS Enterprise is a strange vehicle in the standard Hot Wheels line up, having neither wheels nor being anywhere close to 1:64 scale.
I like this scale for several reasons:
- It is cheap to collect (here a Hot Wheels or Matchbox car retails at 4 lari ($2.29))…this has gone up to 6.90 lari (2016).
- It is easier to store and display than the bigger scales
- As a child most of my diecasts were Matchbox, the cars fitted so well into small hands, and they came at pocket money prices, so there is a big nostalgia buzz with these scales.
I have about 100 Hot Wheels models and over 60 Matchbox. I also have Maisto, Majorette, Bburago, Norev and various Chinese casting at this scale.
At 1:64 Matchbox, Hot Wheels and Welly compare well, similar quality and representation of the original vehicle. Maisto is a bit cheaper and less like the original car. Some of the Chinese diecasts at this scale are quite rough.
A selection of models at a nominal 1:64 scale