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Katie Schumm
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Does anyone know where to get new cars for Formula D?

The plastic cars that came with the set were so ugly and cheap looking that I decided to "improve" my husband's set...and failed. whistle

Now I owe him new cars.

A hobby shop source would be fine - I understand that the scale is 1:250 (17mm long) - and I'd be happy to paint a set on my own. Or if they look spiffy I'll buy pre-painted as long as I won't have to sell an ovary to do so. I'd even buy the mini Micro Machines if someone knew of a source.

Any ideas?
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There are 5 different sets of suitable scale miniatures here

http://www.shapeways.com/shops/aegidian

(don't go for the cheapest materials options!)
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http://www.microracingcars.com/en/

Hand Painted in plastic
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Both are worthy suggestions, if a bit pricy (the pre-painted plastic ones from Europe are gorgeous, but would require that selling of an ovary I was worried about).

The update to my hunt, so far, is that I'm finding eBay has a handful of the Micro Machine "Insider" mini cars. They're smaller than regular Micro Machines and appear to be approximately the right size. So I ordered a few to try them out - most in the $6-12 per car range.

I'm still open to ideas. And it's fun to see all the possibilities.
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You might wanna try emailing Asmodee and asking if you can purchase replacement cars.
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The Micro Machine "Insiders", or to be more specific, the "Micro Minis" that are inside the "Insiders", work perfectly with the game. We use a lot of them ourselves in our tournament. Here's a picture of some of them on the board:

The only thing that can be a bit tricky, is that the wheels are moving parts, so they might "roll away" if you're not careful. You can always glue them in place of course, but myself I like to be able to roll the car ahead, especially when speeding past an opponent :)
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Gawain wrote:
The Micro Machine "Insiders", or to be more specific, the "Micro Minis" that are inside the "Insiders", work perfectly with the game. We use a lot of them ourselves in our tournament. Here's a picture of some of them on the board:

The only thing that can be a bit tricky, is that the wheels are moving parts, so they might "roll away" if you're not careful. You can always glue them in place of course, but myself I like to be able to roll the car ahead, especially when speeding past an opponent


You better be making 'vroom vroom' sounds when you do that...
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crusader4x wrote:
You might wanna try emailing Asmodee and asking if you can purchase replacement cars.


I did that very same thing last year and Stefan sent me some cars...for FREE!
 
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4100xpb wrote:
Gawain wrote:
The Micro Machine "Insiders", or to be more specific, the "Micro Minis" that are inside the "Insiders", work perfectly with the game. We use a lot of them ourselves in our tournament. Here's a picture of some of them on the board:

The only thing that can be a bit tricky, is that the wheels are moving parts, so they might "roll away" if you're not careful. You can always glue them in place of course, but myself I like to be able to roll the car ahead, especially when speeding past an opponent :)


You better be making 'vroom vroom' sounds when you do that...


Of course! I almost wrote it, too :D And of course applicable tire screech sounds when skidding out of the corners.
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wonderwitch wrote:
Both are worthy suggestions, if a bit pricy (the pre-painted plastic ones from Europe are gorgeous, but would require that selling of an ovary I was worried about).


The painted ones from Europe are the same cars from shapeways. How is $30 for 10 metal cars on shapeways "pricy", but $6-$12 per car from ebay is okay?
 
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ryan3740 wrote:
wonderwitch wrote:
Both are worthy suggestions, if a bit pricy (the pre-painted plastic ones from Europe are gorgeous, but would require that selling of an ovary I was worried about).


The painted ones from Europe are the same cars from shapeways. How is $30 for 10 metal cars on shapeways "pricy", but $6-$12 per car from ebay is okay?



Well, if you want to get into it, there are a couple reasons I'd call them "pricy":

A. Psychology of buying a bulk pack - Right now I've only had to lay out a few bucks to try out a few racers. I don't necessarily need 10 straight off the bat.

B. The bulk ones are unpainted. So there is a time cost associated with these, even if it is appealing to be able to customize them.

C. Variety. For your $30 you get a 10-pack of the same type of car. Ultimately, because I'd be so tempted to get a variety, it would turn into a $60-90 purchase so I can have 2-3 different types of cars on the track.

C. Shipping. I'm paying a whole $2.00 to ship Micro Machines.

D. Because I said so. I'm a mom. I know all. Trump. Trump, trump, trump.

Ok, really, $30 isn't unreasonable, and I'm glad it was listed among the ideas. But it isn't a perfect answer either. The cars are a bit large for the track and I think there are better options out there.

Oh, and the European selection may be the same car underneath (and gorgeously painted), but did you see the price?? Even before figuring shipping to the US, I would have to start figuring how to fill the bathtub with enough ice to remove and store my own kidney.

You're clearly just not seeing the big picture.
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Petershoppan wrote:
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.... Free shipping with tracking number for orders until February 3th FOR EVERYONE ... send me private message. whistle


Wow! Awesome deal. I didn't even realize that was your personal shop. Here I thought you were just posting a link you knew about. Color me impressed! If you guys haven't seen the paint work this user does, here's that link again:

http://www.microracingcars.com/en/

They look super amazing. Thanks for the offer!
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The painted ones from shapeways are plastic. Just select a different material from shapeways, you don't have to get the metal ones. White frosted is $8.50 for 10 cars and it's $6.50 shipping. Total that's $15 for 10 cars.

I've painted my own set of cars and it's not too hard if you have the right paints and brushes.

http://www.boardgamegeek.com/image/1395641/formula-d
http://www.boardgamegeek.com/image/1395635/formula-d
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Pretty!
 
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wonderwitch wrote:
Petershoppan wrote:
hello

.... Free shipping with tracking number for orders until February 3th FOR EVERYONE ... send me private message. whistle


Wow! Awesome deal. I didn't even realize that was your personal shop. Here I thought you were just posting a link you knew about. Color me impressed! If you guys haven't seen the paint work this user does, here's that link again:

http://www.microracingcars.com/en/

They look super amazing. Thanks for the offer!


Are these the correct scale? I read somewhere that 1/220 was too big. Any experiences?
 
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The F1 2012 has 16mm
the other cars the size it´s 18 to 20mm

All the cars in the future will be 18 to 20mm to fix in formula D and rallyman game.
 
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Gold Coast Railway Co. has a few Formula De Cars from Sleepy Hollow Miniatures.

Gold Coast Railway Co. - Sleepy Hollow Formula De Miniatures
http://www.goldcoastrailway.com/fdeset.html

eBay Stores - Gold Coast Railway Co.
http://rover.ebay.com/rover/1/711-53200-19255-0/1?type=4&cam...


Cafe Games and Khalsa Brain Games produced three sets of Formula De miniatures that were excellent, however they are out of print. They appear very infrequently on eBay.

Formula Cars of the 1960s
Cafe Games

Formula Cars of the 1970s
Cafe Games

Formula Racers
Khalsa Brain Games


Instead of gluing plastic cars with wheels to bases, you might consider using flexible plastic adhesive used for posters. It is often called "Fun Tack" but is sold under several names. You can easily remove the adhesive from a surface. It will stain paper and cardboard gaming components if you leave it attached for several days, therefore do not leave it on those materials for a prolonged period.
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Re: Finding Replacement Formula D Cars?
owenmp wrote:

Gold Coast Railway Co. - Sleepy Hollow Formula De Miniatures
http://www.goldcoastrailway.com/fdeset.html


In addition to the models on their web site, they also had some other sports cars when I ordered about a year ago. Ferrari 250 GTO, Ford GT 40, McLaren F1.

Just send them a message and ask, what's still available. Their web site doesn't seem to get updated regularly...

The 70s set by Cafe Racers is really worthwhile - i.e. if you're able to find some. Ten different (and recognizable) F1 cars from the 1970. Took me an hour with a F1 history book to identify makes and years.
 
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I just got a set of Ferrari 250 GTO's and a set of McLaren F1's from Gold Coast Railway, so they are still in business and have some stock on hand despite their website not being updated for some time now.

They also said they had the Ford GT40's and Porsche 1970's 911's and 908/3's in stock as of early June 2013.
 
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I kind of had the same problem as yourself regarding cars but found that these were perfect for modifying and converting. Not found an alternative for F1 cars yet sorry. Average price is about $10.00 for 100 cars. Each of these are in 3 pieces and glued together (some prying and cutting required); top body, interior glass and lower body/wheels.



I've placed the boxed game cars in front and on Monaco track for scale,


photo showing partial breakdown of car



first 10 cars in pits (storage area)

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