1/18 Scale Diecast
The 1/18 scale diecast range is the range of diecast models initially manufactured during the latter part of the 80s. This was also around the time that classic and vintage cars enjoyed a resurgence in interest among hobbyists. These 1/18 scale diecast models are around 11 inches to 12 inches in length. Initially only ERTL and Revell were producing these 1/18 scale diecast models and they were limited to older American “Muscle” cars. The German company, Revell, however also produced some German models. Nevertheless, by the 1990s, the 1/18 scale diecast models have expanded in range considerably.
Towards the mid 90s, many other manufacturers realized that the 1/18 scale diecast models was extremely popular among the diecast collectors and thus began introducing their own 1/18 scale product range into the market. Most notable among this group of manufacturers were Maisto, Motor Max, Sun Star, and Yat Ming. Frequently, cars that were featured in collectible car magazines like “Collectible Automobile” became the subject matter of these 1/18 scale diecast model's manufacturers like the 1968 Mustang Shelby Cobra.
However, the earlier 1/18 scale diecast models suffered from quality issues like inferior chrome plating and incorrect interior details. The diecast bodies also had difficulties reflecting the fine contours of the actual cars. This is because the diecast alloy were more difficult to shape than plastic, thus it was common for these models to depict heavy lines and shapes. It was only in the beginning of the new millennium that all these production issues were overcame for these 1/18 scale diecast models. The accuracy and quality of these models also improved dramatically.
Nowadays, it is common to find 1/18 scale diecast models featuring highly detailed features like Carpeted interiors, detailed instruments gauges, Engine wiring and plumbing, and seatbelts for around $50 manufactured by first-rate manufacturers like AUTOart, GMP, Highway 61 and Lane Exact Detail. ERTL has also recently launched their highly detailed models, the "American Muscle Authentics" series selling for around $60 as well.
These 1/18 scale diecast models have working steering wheels, suspension system; detailed engines complete with air filter and exhaust system. The cars will also have working doors, hood and truck. They are made to replicate as closely as possible to the real thing. Unlike some of the smaller scale like the 1/32 and 1/43 scales, they normally do not have working steering. Although the doors of these smaller scales are functional, normally the hood and the trunk cannot be opened.