1/43 Scale Diecast
The 1/43 scale diecast models is one of the most popular sizes of diecast models for diecast collectors from all over the world. All sorts of models are produced by manufacturers using this scale, ranging from exact replica of racing cars to highly detailed diecast trucks and trailers. The 1/43 scale diecast models actually had its foundation with the “O scale” of model train sets which also comes in 1:43 scale for Europe and the UK and 1/48 scale for the US. These 1/43 scale diecast models are also the same size as the 1/45 scale under the European NEM 0 scale and is only slightly larger than the 1/50 scale. Although different in sizes, they are similar enough to be used on the “O scale” railway model train sets layout.
The UK 1/43 scale railway models was actually the scale that gave birth to the 1/43 scale diecast cars and trucks. Initially, they were created as complementary accessories to railway model sets and also because these manufacturers recognized that their bestselling railway models were the 1/43 scale. When the Great Depression came, it wiped out the demand for the larger and more expensive railway models and by default, the 1/43 scale became the standard for the modeling industries.
Having accepted the 1/43 scale as the industry standard by 1932, the production of the 1/43 scale diecast models began around 1934, notably by Dinky toys. These 1/43 scale diecast models were initially not as popular as today due to the fact that they were quite inferior in quality. They were casted from a type of lead alloy called Zamak which was very brittle. Nevertheless, once manufactures realized that there were actually a collectors market for these 1/43 scale diecast models, they began to manufacture their diecast models based on the actual vehicles. For example the Dinky Set 38F was modeled after the Jaguar SS100 Roadster Coupe that was produced from 1936 to 1940.
Nowadays, these 1/43 scale diecast models from the early days can hardly be found on the collector's market. However, if they are in good condition, they can fetch a few hundred dollars to a few thousand dollars in the auction market. By the 1950s, new production methods had improved the quality of the 1/43 scale diecast models considerably and were almost akin to modern diecast models. For diecast collectors who loves detailed models that are reasonably priced, the 1/43 scale diecast models is the scale to aim for like those produced by Minichamps.