Its very obvious that Formula D is a very popular game. Its also obvious that many owners of this game are looking for newer cars. So I can't understand why newer, and better looking cars are not available for this game. I believe most of us are willing to purchase newer cars, if they were available. Anyone know why this hasn't happened?
My guess: To make a pack of say, 10 painted Le Mans cars, and to distribute them in this niche market with margins for Asmodee and the middle men would need to price it around $9.95-$13.95 -- like a single booster of Heroscape. I don't think that has any sales viability. But if they could add them in with a map expansion, that would work, but obviously at a higher price point.
EDIT: What could work were to have some famous drivers/teams with unique cars and custom "power cards" like you get with the street racers part of Formula D, but with more of a historical racing theme. I'd imagine it would be hard to put out such a set for less that $15-18 MSRP but would be more marketable.
- Last edited Mon Feb 14, 2011 8:37 pm (Total Number of Edits: 1)
- Posted Mon Feb 14, 2011 8:29 pm
The only miniatures available today are the ones listed below. I am not connected to their sellers. This post is not intended as an advertisement.
Unfortunately, the Formula One style from Khalsa Brain Games is no longer available.
Eurogames sold official Formula De pewter miniatures 10 years ago. Cafe Games also sold two sets of Formula One miniatures last decade, one with 1960s cars and one with 1970s cars. These sets are now out of print and are rare. When sets appear on eBay, the final bids are often 100.00 USD per set. You may have better success finding these if you look not only on eBay U.S. but also on European and Australian eBay sites.
The 6mm sets below have designs that are more appropriate for Car Wars than Formula De, but they might look good on a Formula D track when painted.
I cannot offer an explanation why new miniatures have not been made available.
One option, although it involves a lot of effort, is to build your own Formula D tracks to 1.5X or 3X Formula D scale.
Formula D 1X scale is also 1X scale of the automotive combat boardgame Car Wars. I have presented below the scales and dimensions of three Car Wars scales that can also be used with Formula D.
I am aware Formula D miniatures are slightly smaller than 1X Car Wars scale, but following Car Wars dimensions makes upscaling easier.
The main advantage of making tracks in 3X scale is the variety of Formula One and street racing miniatures is nearly infinite: Hot Wheels, Matchbox and other 1:64 cars are in 3X Formula D scale. The two main disadvantages of using 3X Scale are you will need to make your own tracks, and you will need very large tables for your tracks.
1X: Original Car Wars Playing Materials
Cars: 1" x 0.5"
Motorcycles: 0.5" x 0.5"
1.5X: Micro Machines
Cars: 1.5" x 0.75"
Motorcycles: 0.75" x 0.75"
3X: Car Wars Fifth Edition, 1:64 Die Cast Cars
Cars: 3" x 1.5"
Motorcycles: 1.5" x 1.5"
eBay Stores - Gold Coast Models - Formula De Playing Pieces
Khalsa Brain Games - FormulaRacers
Irregular Miniatures - 6mm Boats and Cars
Eureka Miniatures - 6mm Modern and Post-Holocaust Cars
- Last edited Mon Feb 14, 2011 8:31 pm (Total Number of Edits: 1)
- Posted Mon Feb 14, 2011 8:30 pm
Thanks for the responses and the info. I like the idea of historical type power cards. It would greatly improve this game, which is already a darn good game. I still believe this game is popular enough, that expansion, other than tracks would be a good thing.
They are, check the link below! They currently have some Lemans cars out but are talking about more if they get enough interest & a supplier willing to make the run. http://www.goldcoastrailway.com/ordering.html
Click on the "Formula De cars" in the left tool bar
My Formula De-signs
I'm happy to create models to order, but it's a time consuming process!
This is the thread where show the mini cars i´m making suitable for formula D
contact me if you are interested in them