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Car Combat Miniatures

Web Posted February 24, 1998
Updated January 07, 2015

Car Combat Miniature Scales for Car Wars

The scale of the original Car Wars game is 1 inch equals 15 feet. A car counter is 1" in length and 0.5" in width. A motorcycle is 0.5" in length and 0.5" in width. Several sets of miniatures in this size, 1X Car Wars scale, have been published since Car Wars was first published in 1981. Most of those miniatures are out of print.

Many Car Wars players have created their own gaming components to use larger miniatures. Production of 3X Car Wars scale gaming materials permits inexpensive and widely available 1/64 scale die-cast cars to be used. The short-lived Car Wars Fifth Edition was set in 3X Car Wars scale.

Car Wars players have produced materials in 1.5X Car Wars scale to use Micro Machines miniatures that were available in the 1990s and early 2000s.
Car Wars Sixth Edition is currently being developed by Steve Jackson Games. The game will be set in 2X Car Wars scale.

A few Car Wars players have used Lego cars for 6X Car Wars scale games, 1/24 scale models for 8X Car Wars scale games, and even Tonka-style vehicles for 16X Car Wars scale games.

Several miniature lines for 1X, 1.5X and 3X Car Wars scales are listed below. Visitors to this page are welcome to contact SWAT to submit names of other miniature lines to be listed here, especially for 2X Car Wars scale that will be used for Car Wars Sixth Edition.

1X Car Wars Scale: Original Car Wars Playing Materials
Cars: 1" x 0.5"
Motorcycles: 0.5" x 0.5"

1.5X Car Wars Scale: Micro Machines
Cars: 1.5" x 0.75"
Motorcycles: 0.75" x 0.75"

2X Car Wars Scale: Car Wars Sixth Edition
Cars: 2" x 1"
Motorcycles: 1" x 1"

3X Car Wars Scale: Car Wars Fifth Edition, 1/64 Die-Cast Cars
Cars: 3" x 1.5"
Motorcycles: 1.5" x 1.5"

8X Car Wars Scale: 1/24 Metal and 1/24 Plastic Models
Cars: 8" x 4"
Motorcycles: 4" x 4"

16X Car Wars Scale: Tonka Toys
Cars: 16" x 8"
Motorcycles: 8" x 8"

JP Trostle, creator of Speed Rally, has two very useful images on the Speed Rally Blog comparing different scales of car combat miniatures. These two images are reprinted here.

Scale v. scale
Speed Rally Blog
March 31, 2011

Car Combat Miniatures - 1X Car Wars Scale

6mm Modern and Post-Holocaust Cars
Eureka Miniatures

6mm Boats and Cars
Irregular Miniatures

Formula D
Asmodee Editions

Formula Cars of the 1960s
Cafe Games

Formula Cars of the 1970s
Cafe Games

Formula De Plastic Miniatures
Eurogames and Descartes-Editeur

Formula De Metal Miniatures
Eurogames and Descartes-Editeur

Formula Racers
Khalsa Brain Games

Steve Jackson Games and Grenadier

Auto Assault
Dark Horse Miniatures

Battlecars Metal Miniatures for the Battlecars Boardgame
Games Workshop

World's Smallest Matchbox (Released in U.S.)
Matchbox Micro World (Released in Europe)
Matchbox and Hasbro

Car Combat Miniatures - 1.5X Car Wars Scale

Nano Speed
Spinmaster, Ltd.

Micro Machines
Galoob Toys

Hot Wheels Atomix
Hot Wheels and Hasbro

Hot Wheels Micros
Hot Wheels and Hasbro

Micro Matchbox
Matchbox and Hasbro

Playmates Toys

Car Combat Miniatures - 2X Car Wars Scale

Car Wars Miniatures
MattV's Gaming Blog
July 17, 2009

Car Combat Miniatures - 3X Car Wars Scale

Hot Wheels


Johnny Lightning
Learning Curve Brands, Inc.


Jada Toys

Battle Machines
Jada Toys

Road Warriors
Stan Johansen Miniatures

Aberrant Games

Dark Future and Battlecars: Expansion for Dark Future
Games Workshop

KRASH Collectible Miniatures Game
Cell Miniatures AB

Photo Galleries of 1X Car Wars Scale and 3X Car Wars Scale Miniatures

Collecting Citadel Miniatures Wiki - Battlecars

Collecting Citadel Miniatures Wiki - Dark Future Miniatures

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