Fudging The Numbers: How The Oxford 1/76 Messerschmitt KR200 Holds Up To 1/64

Sometimes a bit of a scale difference isn't such a bad thing.

Oxford Diecast's excellent 1/76 scale casting of the delightfully quirky Messerschmitt KR200.

Oxford Diecast's excellent 1/76 scale casting of the delightfully quirky Messerschmitt KR200.

I ordered this 1/76 (British "OO" model railroading scale/also compatible with 1/72 scale airfields) model by Oxford Diecast of England from American Excellence a couple years ago, and never did anything with it for a while, believing it too small to be workable at all, yet too cool to trade off/sell or return. Then after I started getting extremely small true 1/64 vehicles, I decided to pull the old 'Schmitt out to do a comparison.

Here it is with a Hallmark Keepsake '48 Harley Panhead sidecar rig in custom "American Pickers' barn find" form. There's a bit of a difference, but if you look at the 'Schmitt as an enclosed tandem scooter and the hog as a full-size if not generously sized, fully fledged motorcycle, it's not so bad.

The KR200 with a Greenlight Austin Mini Cooper Mk1. Again... little bit of a scale difference, but put the old mental gymnastics into play and it looks, again, like the enclosed tandem scooter that it is, next to the exemplary "city car" that is a fully fledged car rather than a cycle-based "bubblecar".

But what the 1/76 Oxford KR200 stacks up best against is Schuco's true 1/64 BMW Isetta 300. Both cars being ovoid "bubble cars" helps greatly here, and again, the difference is more workable than you'd think with mixing 1/64 and 1/76.

Needless to say, though, mixing 1/76 bubblecars (and probably motorcycles as well) with 1/64 is a sounder idea than mixing 1/76 of regular cars with 1/64s. I'll look into some Oxford British motorcycles as well in the future.

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