Among collectors of any diecast aircraft, many collectors love to collect a specific diecast aircraft usually for historical reasons. A diecast aircraft is not a toy. It is a scale down representation of an actual aircraft. Previously, diecast aircrafts are just a crude depiction of the real aircraft. They were just manufactured to scale and do not have much details. Nowadays, diecast aircrafts are made from molds designed using computer aided design software like Autocad. This allow manufacturer to get the exact scale down size of the diecast aircraft in proportion to the actual aircraft.
As a point of reference, manufacturers normally use the original plans and archived materials for the design of the diecast aircraft. This is so that the authenticity of markings, details and measurements of the diecast aircraft is maintained to that of the actual plane to give hobbyists the highest level of satisfactions in ownership. Depending on the scale, a diecast aircraft can feature rotating propellers, rubber tires, removable canopy and even rivets. Some models come packaged with a display stand. Depending on one's fancy, a diecast aircraft can be displayed with the wheels down or up depicting flight mode.
The ranges of choices for a collector are numerous. One can select a diecast aircraft from that of the Pre First World War era like that of the Wright brothers 'Kitty Hawk' to capture man's first achievement in mechanized flight. Alternatively, a collector can choose to focus on collecting a specific diecast aircraft like the B29 Superfortress 'Enola Gray' that dropped the first atomic bomb in Japan during the Second World War. Most of the time, a historic diecast aircraft comes in many different scales with different levels of details to suit all kinds of budgets. New collectors might want to start with a diecast aircraft with a smaller scale before upgrading to a more expensive diecast aircraft.
There are numerous categories that a collector of diecast aircrafts can focus on. Apart from the pre-First World War era, there is also the First World War era. A good example of a First World War diecast aircraft to collect would be the 1/48 scale Fokker DR-1 Triplane of the Red Baron. The 1/48 scale of a Fokker DR-1 diecast aircraft is large enough to feature details like real wire bracings. The scale also permit details like etched engine blocks that looked almost like the real engine and a figure of the pilot seated in the plane.
Other categories that a collector of aircraft models can try to collect are those of the Second World War era from both the Axis and Allied forces. There are many specific models that are of historical significances like the first jet fighter of the Second World War, the "Messerschmitt Me 262" or the first turbojet aircraft, the 'Heinkel He 178'. Regardless of what category a collector wants to focus on, collecting famous aircraft models allows the collector to remember the significance that diecast aircraft played in our history.