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02 Feb 2010 7:00 p.m. PST
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  • Changed title from "Dark Future Jada Battle Machines carrs review" to "Dark Future Jada Battle Machines cars review"

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terrain sherlock Inactive Member02 Feb 2010 4:49 p.m. PST

A Review of Jada 1/64 Battle Machines for use with Dark Future (GW),
Wreckage (Fantasy Flight) and Axles & Alloys.. or any Mad Max type game.

The cars are 1/64.. which runs a bit bigger than Hot Wheels.
Examples (from the first link)

The taxi in the bottom row middle runs
2" hub-to-hub, 3 1/4" overall

The truck in the bottom row right runs
2 1/2" hub-to-hub and 3 23/4" overall

for comparison, a Dark Future plastic Interceptor runs
1 9/16" hub-to-hub, 2 3/4" overall.

However, the Dark Future 20mm figures fit well with the Jada..
(but Stan Johansen says they fit well with 25mm.. whaddu I know..?)

All Jada cars are screwed together, not riveted, the guns are also screwed on..
so disassembly (and re-assembly..! is a snap. The car bodies are made of metal..
which is thicker (2x.>?) than Hot Wheels, and thus any gun-mount holes youo make
are deeper..(this is a good thing..:-) The guns and lover body and other parts
are polystyrene plastic.

The detail is good (the rivets are there, etc..) and the paint job is very good
(no shiny decals..!) .. Still, there are probably parts you'll want to custom paint.
I haven't done anything extensive, but I tried acrylics on the taxi, without priming.
Worked well.. so painting and weathering should present little problem.

I saw these on another TMP post, and ordered them. The are sporadically available
at Wal-Mart, etc.. but I got excellent service at the link below:


Jada site:

Stan Johansen Sponsoring Member of TMP02 Feb 2010 8:33 p.m. PST

The Taxi is a 57 Chevy which is 16.5 feet long.
the model measures 85mm bumper to bumper so if you use a 22mm figure which is the height of the DF standing figure and that figure equals 6 feet that would make the model almost 24 feet so it is not in scale with a 20mm figure.
Even using the 28mm figure for scale puts the Jada model at 18 feet which is much closer than the 20mm.
Please understand I am not a scale Nazi. If I am looking for cars to convert I usually bring a 20 and 28mm figure with me and if I like the look I get the vehicle.

La Long Carabine Inactive Member02 Feb 2010 11:40 p.m. PST

The old Chevy in my back yard comes in around 210 inches. (This old spec sheet from Chevy has it at 200 inches, but the one out back may have grown) That puts is much closer to 17.5 feet. Think size of a full sizes truck and you are about right.

If you go with my measurements, that puts the model pretty close to bang on at 1/64 scale. 3.25 inches times 64 equals 208.

1/64 is true 25mm, but to my eye some 1/72 stuff looks okay with true 25mm stuff. If they look okay with your figures I say roll some dice. And don't worry about it.

My 28mm stuff seems to tower over my Battle Machines, but the larger 1/72 stuff and true 25mm stuff looks pretty good.

LLC aka Ron

terrain sherlock Inactive Member03 Feb 2010 12:41 a.m. PST

Stan.. no offense.. was just saying that
'other [knowledgeable] persons find JADA to be 25mm compatible..'.

The 'whaddu I know..?' was just me being flippant..:-)

For DF, I have a lot of the nominal 20mm GW figs (and some of yours too..:-) Perhaps the JADA *is* a bit big.. but I am sooo tired of the – to my eye – small NotWheels..
as well as them being hard to work with (again, IMHO)
that I'm going with JADA all the way..

For Foundry's Street Violence, I use Maisto 1/43's.. and as you said.. the car has to look good with the figures..

Big P from GMG Inactive Member03 Feb 2010 6:20 a.m. PST

Are there any pics of the Jada cars with figures next to them?

I would like to use them for my Cyberpunk game but wonder how they will look with my large Copplestone figures???

Personal logo richarDISNEY Supporting Member of TMP03 Feb 2010 8:28 a.m. PST

Some pics at Stan's site. Near the bottom…
link cars.htm

Stan Johansen Sponsoring Member of TMP03 Feb 2010 10:50 p.m. PST

No offense taken sherlock I was just letting you know how I reached my results.

Thornhammer14 Feb 2010 5:45 p.m. PST

Jada also has a line of 1/32 cars in the Battle Machines series. The Silverado pickup truck doesn't look too bad against a 28mm figure, and the Battle Rig (the semi) doesn't look too bad either. I also bought one of the Camaros, and it's way too big for 28mm.

These are about five bucks apiece and come in boxes. I bought mine at Wal-Mart, they were mixed in with the Jada DUB cars.

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