Diecast & Toy Vehicles
What Are the Scales for Die-Cast Models?
Die-cast models come in a variety of sizes. One of the largest sizes is the 1:12 scale, which is approximately 14 inches long with excellent detail. The 1:24 scale is popular throughout America and is very common for model construction kits. Thanks to the Corgi brand, the 1:36 scale has existed since the 1970s. The 1:43 model scale is famous as the size of the popular Dinky models, and Matchbox and Hot Wheels toys are 1:64 scale models. The smallest scale models are 1:148.
What Are Popular Die-Cast Model Brands?
Die-cast toys date back to the early 20th century. The early models by Dowst Brothers' Tootsietoys, Meccano's Dinky Toys, and Lesney's Matchbox are popular with collectors, and examples in good condition are often quite valuable, especially if they are in the original boxes. Mattel introduced Hot Wheels in 1968, and Hot Wheels and Matchbox account for the vast majority of modern die-cast model sales.
How Can You Display Die-Cast Models?
A collection of die-cast vehicles looks attractive on display, but these collectibles remain in better condition away from harmful dust and other environmental hazards. Direct sunlight bleaches paint and causes fading that significantly devalues the collection. Displaying the models in a glass-fronted display cabinet, away from direct sunlight, offers a solution that allows owners to still enjoy the visual appeal of the collection. Keeping packaging in good condition is also important for resale purposes, and collectors should avoid storing boxes in damp locations.