micro machines

yoyo10_ca Jun 25, 2000

  1. yoyo10_ca

    yoyo10_ca Guest

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    Do micro machines work good for cars on a layout, because on a web site that I've been to they said that these cars are good to use.
     
  2. mtaylor

    mtaylor Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    I also read this somewhere. I have not tried it myself. The next time I go to WALMART I will have to take a bypass to the toy dept.

    Matt
     
  3. espee2

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  4. Gats

    Gats Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    There have been a couple of articles in N Scale of the years covering the use of Micro-Machines. Apparently, the hard-to-get Dick Tracy set had great potential for modelling hot rods in N - very close to scale. Also, I heard one of the construction sets was good to use for the same reason.
    I have yet to find much in the way of them Downunder, and definitely none of the sets that are mentioned from time to time in the various forums.
    If it looks about right, a bit of paint and detailing will make for a nice addition to a layout.

    Gary.


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  5. Robin Matthysen

    Robin Matthysen Passed Away October 17, 2005 In Memoriam

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    I was fortunate enough to find a number of old fashioned cars and trucks about 12 years ago at a San Fransico chain store in Saskatoon. I only wish I had bought more of them at the time. There was a good assortment but now I can't find them anywhere. [​IMG] I looked at Walmart here in Georgetown and they only seem to carry a line of micros that could be used for HO scale. [​IMG]Anybody finding a source should put it up here.

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  6. makinbaconline

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    also racing champions also makes tractor trailer combo sets that are very close to n scale. if you measure the trailers with a scale rule they're only 4 scale feet too long, but who can tell? the dick tracy cars were actually made by ertl along with some farm and construction sets. hot wheels also made cars called planet micro around christmas and they are now few and far between. these had some good cat constuction equip. and also fire trucks, several car sets. toys r us still has some along with target. kmart tyhe last time i checked had the rac. champ semis on clearance along with kay bee toys 2 or 3 for 5 bucks.

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  7. Maxwell Plant

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    I use the 1:170 scale Racing Champions too. The only problem I have with them is it looks like a "Auto Show" is in town. [​IMG] They are getting hard to find, so I guess I'll have to get some more Kato Toyota's and some Atlas Ford F-150's. Right now the "Road Foreman" on my Aransas Odessa and Western Ry. is cruzing around in a Dodge Ram SS/T. It's giving him a big head so we may take it away from him. Of course, I get to drive around in the Dodge Viper GTS when I "shrink" myself down to 1:160 scale> [​IMG] HEHEHE!

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  8. BC Rail King

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    What is wrong with the simple Atlas stuff that costs way to much? I have 4 of there new trucks, and they look great, better than most stuff in N scale, or the relitive scales. They sure are a contrast from the garbage parked in front of the station! I have one critique of the Micro Machines stuff. I find that there tires are pretty small, or pretty big sometimes. I haven't seen alot of "Just right models" before. Oh well.....

    Happy Railroading!!

    Dane N.

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  9. Gats

    Gats Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    Thanks, Bacon. I stand corrected on the DT stuff - it was ERTL.
    Dane, it's ok to have a F-150 parked in front of the station, but what if you don't model a period where that particular model of the F-150 was available? Methink downtown Chicago 1932 or a late 50's hot-rodding scene looks odd with them, big/small/indifferent tyres aside. [​IMG]

    Gary.
     
  10. porkypine52

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    I have found an easy way to find out if a car, truck, airplane, building, or whatever is scaled cost enough for N-Scale. Go measure an N-Scale human figure. Find out how tall one is, and then measure something that you always have with you. My fingernail on my left little finger measures out to just over 6 foot wide in N-Scale. I can hold my little finger up to a car or truck and get a pretty good idea how the item will look with other N-Scale items. A friend of mine uses his Zippo lighter because it is about 6 foot thick in N-Scale. This is a quick way to see if you can use a detail part.

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  11. Robin Matthysen

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    Good for Canadians, i found some of these in Bi Way stores. I managed to get a set that includes an old VW and a VW bus. $4.99 for 10 of these Micro Machines

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  12. StickyMonk

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    i used to have lots of micro machines when i was just a wee lad, but i think they got chucked away some time ago b4 i got into nscale grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr

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  13. BC Rail King

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    Ahhh, yes Gats, I have a one track mind!

    Anyway, do u have Super (Stupid) Store store in the US of A??? If so, they are getting stocked for the summer playing season with alot of new toys, and guess what came in those boxes [​IMG] Well, there are so many micro machine cars u may cry! But, please don't cry [​IMG] [​IMG]

    Happy Railroading!!

    Dane N. [​IMG]

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  14. eddelozier

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    I've been picking up Micro Machines series cars and trucks for the past four years.
    I have about 30 variations of cars, jeeps,
    VW convertible, VW bus, Grayhound buses,
    logging trucks, postal trucks, gasoline trucks and heavy construction machines.
    I use some of them as loads on flats. Found
    it was fun to build the strap-downs and blocking gear to hold them.
    Found most of them in toy stores and also the Dollar discount stores.
    The real good stuff is too highly priced to
    get very many.
    Most of the Micro Machines cars are close
    enough to add interest to the layout.

    ...Eddie

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