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  • Bert Looks at Cars!

    To celebrate the sometimes "whimsical" aspects of the season, we're looking at a few CARS!

    Not many Cars characters have been made to 1/64 scale...



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    ... but Jay Limo is close.

    Or at least he's within a plausible size window (for a non-stretch). So are a few others, as Bert will demonstrate over the coming days.

    "So basically, kid, we're in Disneyland?"

    Mmmm... I prefer to think of it as Pixar-ville, Officer.

    "Nice color for a limo."

    Yes, and Pixar was very clever with the characterization. Jay Leno is often seen in blue denim strolling through his extensive garage these days. He has a silver top too.‚Äč
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    Bert sez...
    "Wanna sell more?
    MAKE IT 1/64!!!"

  • #2
    As a 1963 Dodge Dart...


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    ... Rusty Rust-eze doesn't look too far from 1/64.

    Well, given his shortened-cabin look, anyway.

    "Almost makes him look like a 2-seater, kid. But that way he gets to keep his long trunk."

    That's right. Long trunks were big in the '60s. (Swidt?)

    "Iswydt, kid."
    Bert sez...
    "Wanna sell more?
    MAKE IT 1/64!!!"

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    • #3
      Aaaand the little brother...


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      ... Dusty Rust-eze.

      As a 1965 Dodge A-100 van, Dusty is of course, the younger brother in the Rust-eze dynasty. He looks slightly big for 1/64; even Bert can't see over his roof. But since he is a full-size van, we can make allowances for a little excess bigness.

      To anyone who has difficulty remembering which of the two Rust-eze brothers is Dusty and which is Rusty, don't feel bad. It took me a long time to find a way to keep their names straight. Rusty (the car) has light rust appearing on his sides, and maybe a few other places. Dusty (the van) doesn't seem to have much rust, if any. He does have lots of grime--or "dust"--on him, though, hence his name. Of course, one must see the two in color to tell the difference.

      "Looks like you've gotten all 'public-service' with the info today, kid."

      It happens on rare occasions, Officer.
      Bert sez...
      "Wanna sell more?
      MAKE IT 1/64!!!"

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      • #4
        You have very good taste in Cars cars! Rusty and Dusty are among the very few I've kept copies of for myself. Dusty was probably the most accurate A-100 with windows until the M2 came along this year. I think I also have a Mrs. The King wagon somewhere. (The junior collector in the house has a much larger Cars collection than I do.)

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Lane1through75 View Post
          You have very good taste in Cars cars! Rusty and Dusty are among the very few I've kept copies of for myself. Dusty was probably the most accurate A-100 with windows until the M2 came along this year. I think I also have a Mrs. The King wagon somewhere. (The junior collector in the house has a much larger Cars collection than I do.)
          Thanks, Lane1through75. Our Cars taste--such as it is--is governed by how close the characters are to 1/64. That filters out most of the characters, unfortunately. The only larger character we have is Darrel Cartrip, and he's in the usual near-1/55 scale range. Bert hasn't had the pleasure of meeting him.
          Bert sez...
          "Wanna sell more?
          MAKE IT 1/64!!!"

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          • #6
            It's tough to tell what scale Yeti is...


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            ... but we're willing to bet he's not 1/64.

            Overall, Yeti--aka: The Abominable Snowplow--is roughly the same size as the Matchbox Snow Trac, but I don't see someone of Bert's size fitting inside what would be a tiny cabin if this thing turned out to be 1/64. He could be around 1/70 or so. It's a moot point anyway since there are no humans in the Cars world.

            There's a couple of anomalies with Mattel's rendering of Yeti; as can be seen above, he runs on tracks. In the first Cars film, Yeti had no tracks, but rode on four very wide wheels (or rollers). Also, Mattel has given him a separate plow blade, but in the film, Yeti's chin is actually his blade. Yeti is shown that way here: http://pixar.wikia.com/wiki/Yeti_%28Cars%29

            "We've got no snow to plow, just some rain coming up. Sun's shining today, so I wouldn't mind a snow-cone."

            Yeti is willing to give you one, Officer. But I think he needs snow to make it.

            "Which is your subtle way of saying I ain't gettin' a snow cone."

            I don't make the weather, Officer.
            Bert sez...
            "Wanna sell more?
            MAKE IT 1/64!!!"

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            • #7
              One of Bert's partners in law enforcement...


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              ... in the Cars world.

              Bert was relieved to find that the world of Cars is not without agents of law enforcement. A certain 1949 Mercury by the name of "Sheriff" may be more famous and get more attention, but Axle Accelerator (badge #153) is no less dedicated to his work. Axle isn't a Mercury, though.

              "He looks a lot like a Crown Vic."

              Yes he does, Officer, and he's about that size. But he's actually a "Capitol Motors Colossus". Evidence of his hot-pursuit routine can be seen in his left front wheel which is stained with brake pad dust and missing its wheel cover.

              "Hey kid, just how do you know this guy's about the size of a Crown Vic?"

              Officer. I just happen to have a 1/64 2008 CV by GreenLight, all decked out in CHP livery. You know what you have to do.

              "[Grumble-grumble]"
              Bert sez...
              "Wanna sell more?
              MAKE IT 1/64!!!"

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              • #8
                FWIW, I only have two, and only considered one other. I have the original first run Snot Rod, and I picked up Lizzy and grudgingly put her back, regret that ever since. The only other I have is the Pizza Planet delivery pickup.
                The image file limits have been reset. Upper limits now are 100,000 when we have some images that exceed 5,000,000. I've set the pixels for no more than 1000 across the longest side, so if you resize to that all should be well. (The limits are larger than what I typically use, and my images turn out just fine, so I know it shouldn't be a problem)

                Thank you for your understanding.

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                • #9
                  I have always wondered what might have been if Mattel had issued the CARS models in 1/64th scale rather than the larger 1/55th. With that said, I do have a fair amount of the main characters (call it the kid in me).

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                  • #10
                    Bert is puzzled by this one...


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                    ... and so was I for a while.

                    Just what is Vern the Taxi's job? Who in the world of cars can get into his back seat? And why would they need to?

                    Well, according to Pixar Wiki, Vern "guides tourists through the beautiful gourmet oil country" of Sonoma. That's in Nor Cal.

                    "That could explain his color."

                    If "gourmet oil" is purple, I guess it could, Officer. It also means he had to drive a ways to see you, so, be nice to him.

                    "I'm always nice, kid."
                    Bert sez...
                    "Wanna sell more?
                    MAKE IT 1/64!!!"

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by pjedsel View Post
                      I have always wondered what might have been if Mattel had issued the CARS models in 1/64th scale rather than the larger 1/55th. With that said, I do have a fair amount of the main characters (call it the kid in me).
                      What might have been for us is that we'd have bought a lot more of the characters. Probably one of each from the first film alone.

                      Which would have put more of our money in Mattel's pocket, and made this thread a lot longer.

                      "And had me standing around here more."

                      But look at all the fine company you'd have kept, Officer.
                      Bert sez...
                      "Wanna sell more?
                      MAKE IT 1/64!!!"

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                      • #12
                        This guy spent some time in a cereal box...


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                        ... not that he minded much.

                        This rendering of Mater is smaller than the official Mattel Mater, putting him right in the 1/64 window. If only Mattel had made them this size.

                        "This guy has a very... uh, incontinent look about him, kid. Am I gonna have an oil slick to clean up when he leaves?"

                        We'll move him out ASAP, Officer.
                        Bert sez...
                        "Wanna sell more?
                        MAKE IT 1/64!!!"

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                        • #13
                          Back in the land of metal, Mattel brings us a surprise...


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                          ... with their rendering of Luigi.

                          For one thing, Mattel formed Luigi in a size range that is notably reduced from most of the Cars line. The casting is 1 and 13/16" long, which makes him about 1/64.5 scale.

                          "Kid, you mean..."

                          Yup, Officer, Luigi is slightly under 1/64 scale.

                          Well, in length, anyway. He's been fattened a bit, being 1/52 scale in width (and we won't talk about height), but I find it very interesting that Luigi's length should fall so close to 1/64. Deep down, Mattel seems to know that 1/64 really is the ideal scale.

                          "That must be why they made me 1/64, kid."

                          Must be. We all know you're certainly the ideal police officer, Officer.
                          Bert sez...
                          "Wanna sell more?
                          MAKE IT 1/64!!!"

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                          • #14
                            No telling what Guido's scale is exactly...


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                            ... but it could be close to 1/64.

                            With only three wheels, Guido must be a pretty small forklift. He sure can move fast enough. Since he came to us on the same card as Luigi, he's probably in the same scale window. I suppose Mattel made both of these characters in a smaller scale range than the others (which are about 1/55) because Luigi and Guido are sold together. Or maybe they're sold together because they're smaller than the others.

                            "Make up yer mind, kid. Which is cause and which is effect here?"

                            You tell me, Officer.

                            "Well, I... I'm going with... the blue one."

                            An impertinent answer, Officer, but not unexpected.
                            Bert sez...
                            "Wanna sell more?
                            MAKE IT 1/64!!!"

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                            • #15
                              Afaik, she's one of only two Cars characters...


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                              ... that does not have a human personality.

                              The other is Frank the combine, who is based on a bull, if I'm not mistaken. I don't think any tractor was given an individual name, but the poor cow-like tractors subjected to Mater's pranks do carry the name "Chewall", a cute play on the Farmall tractor line by International Harvester. The small print above the Chewall name spells out "Holstein-Hereford", a very bovine play on the dual names of various tractor manufacturers seen in the 20th Century, such as Hart-Parr, Minneapolis-Moline, Allis-Chalmers, Massey-Harris (which would become Massey-Ferguson), McCormick-Deering, etc. Another clever feature is the rust pattern on the tractor's body, which mimics the piebald color patterns of Holstein cattle fur. After about 1936 Farmalls were usually painted red, so the pink color could be depicting badly faded red paint. There's also some kind of cover underneath the rear axle that resembles a cow's udder.

                              "That can't be accidental, kid."

                              I'm sure it isn't, Officer. Farmall tractors were built for versatility, and mass-produced in large numbers to reduce costs. There were several models made over the years, but they tended to be smaller than what this Chewall would be in 1/64. So she's probably in the same 1/55 range as most of the other characters. These days of course, there are many similar farm tractors made which in 1/64 would be the same size as the one next to Bert, but they are much larger than Farmalls were.

                              "You know kid, earlier tricycle-type row-croppers were known for tipping over backwards kinda easy."

                              Yes, Officer, before safety features were developed for them. Good thing this one has a safety cab, because...

                              [Sound of loud "MOOOOOO!" followed by a metallic crunch and sloshing noises.]



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                              What did you do, Officer?!?

                              "It wasn't me, kid! I didn't make a sound!"

                              You didn't give her your Ferrari GLARE did you?

                              "I didn't even think a Ferrari GLARE, kid!"

                              You musta done something...

                              "I'm tellin' ya kid, I din't do nuthin'!"

                              Well, maybe she just doesn't like cameras... or uniforms.
                              Bert sez...
                              "Wanna sell more?
                              MAKE IT 1/64!!!"

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