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1 18 scale diecast cars seem to be the most common size of collectibles for some reason. Why is that?
We all grew up with 1/64 scale model cars, or even smaller, thanks to Hot Wheels, Matchbox, and Micro Machines, the company that proudly boasted that their cars could fit on a single dime.
So why the 1 18 scale diecast cars?
Well we have a theory on that, and keep in mind it’s just a theory: It’s just a good size for collector’s items!
When you want detail, it’s tough to fit every single nut and bolt of a Chevy into a model that’s only a couple inches long. On the other hand, the slightly rarer, larger scale model cars are a little trickier to manage. You put it on your desk and it takes up the space you usually put your coffee. You put it on a shelf and the front wheels lean off the ledge precariously. So 1 18 scale diecast cars allow a ton of detail, without sacrificing the convenience of a small model car that you can put anywhere.
Not to mention that so many 1 18 scale model cars actually feature moving parts. Doors that spring open, adjustable windshield wipers even. Imagine trying to squeeze that onto a 1/64 scale model Volkswagon.
That’s all there is to it, it’s a convenient size. It’s easy to sculpt and model for when you’re working at a scale model company, and it’s not too big or too …