By ScaleRacer | April 15, 2008
HO scale race cars are extremely widespread and available. They are great for racing at home or in competition due to their popularity. These cars have a long and storied history that continues to evolve even today.
The cars are usually 1:87 to 1:64 scale. They have been getting slightly larger as time goes on. The name actually comes from the fact that the scale is 1/2 of the ‘O’ scale. This stands for ‘half zero.’ It ‘s common for train sets in HO scale to be 1:87 scale.
This size race car got its start in the United Kingdom during the 1930’s. It didn’t quite catch on as well there, but did become quite a bit more popular in the United States. Its popularity peaked during the 1950’s. This is when interest in real life models really began taking off.
HO scale race cars are extremely popular in much of Europe and North America, but not that much so in the UK. The 00 scale is much more common in England.
The good news for those who live in an ‘HO’ country, is that it has become so standard that it’s very easy to find whatever you like in the way of tracks that your HO race cars race on. It doesn’t matter what you’re interested in, you can find the HO cars you want.
The great news is that there are tons of models and racing supplies available for your hobby!
These HO cars must run on a standard track, which gets its power from the current provided by a power pack. Keep in mind, that the track isn’t always accurate and exactly to scale. The curves on these tracks are a good deal sharper than what you’ll find in real life racetracks.
In any event, you’re sure to love the HO scale because it is big enough to allow hobbyists and manufacturers to add a lot of details. In fact, many consider this to be the perfect scale. That just might account for its huge popularity over all these years!
You can find HO-sized Aurora cars, as well as more modern versions. Aurora dipped their toes into the HO world in the 1970’s before going under. Yet Aurora slot cars remain some of the most sought after slot cars in the world. These can best be found on eBay and in other place that carry collectibles.
In addition to Aurora, you can find Tomy Super G+Plus, Tomy Turbos, Tomy SRT Collector’s Series, and Tomy Super Racing Turbos to fit your HO scale. Tyco is also a very popular brand with their NASCAR models. Auto World makes a Dukes of Hazzard “General Lee” in HO scale. Finally, you might consider the Busch Pro Tracker SS or the Life-Life Street Cars and Renegades.
When you’re talking about HO scale race cars, you’ll realize that you have a ton of great options. This is one scale that’s popular for everything from train sets to slot car racing.
Keep in mind that there is a little bit of size variation for slot cars, so you do have to pay attention to the ranges, but picking out slot cars has never been so much fun!
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