Scale Models: 1:64 Scale

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.

Detail from 1969 Matchbox Catalogue. The scale of the Fiat 1500 is exactly 1:64.

Detail from 1969 Matchbox Catalogue. The scale of the Fiat 1500 is exactly 1:64.

Similarly with Hot Wheels the vehicles needed to fit into roughly the same size blister pack.

USS Enterprise

USS Enterprise

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.
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Chevrolet Corvettes at 1:24 (Maisto) and 1:64 (Matchbox and Hot Wheels)

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.

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Hot Wheels selection

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

Hot Wheels JDM cars

Hot Wheels JDM cars

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Bburago Lamborghini Gallardo 1:64

"Made in China" Maserati, Bugatti and De Tomaso...lacking the quality of Matchbox or Hot Wheels

“Made in China” Maserati, Bugatti and De Tomaso…lacking the quality of Matchbox or Hot Wheels

Matchbox Iso Grifo with regular wheels from 1968, one of my favourites.

Matchbox Iso Grifo with regular wheels from 1968, one of my favourites.

Hot Wheels Cadillac Cien, Corgi Junior Royal Mail Land Rover and Majorette Volvo

Hot Wheels Cadillac Cien, Corgi Junior Royal Mail Land Rover and Majorette Volvo

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