Diecast Commercial Airplanes
Diecast commercial airplanes features diecast models of airplanes used by the major airlines around the world. They are manufactured to satisfy two categories of markets, namely collectors of diecast airplanes and the airlines themselves. Airlines have diecast commercial airplanes models of their fleet manufactured as souvenirs for their customers or to commemorate special anniversaries in the history of the airlines. However the real attraction of diecast commercial airplanes lies in the fact that collectors of these diecast commercial airplanes can use them for the creations of highly detailed airport dioramas. With the number of notable airports around the world, the options are endless. There is something exhilarating about watching a replication of something real within the confines of your own home that cannot be described by words alone.
The majority of diecast commercial airplanes are manufactured with the scale of 1:48, 1:72, 1:144, 1:200, 1:250, 1: 400 and 1:500. For those who appreciate the finer details of an aircraft, the scale 1:48 scale is an excellent choice. This is actually the established scale for the Admiralty Board and Shipyard Builder's style models. The next scale down the line is the 1:72 scale. This is one of the most popular diecast scales developed for Corgi. The 1:72 scale is also adopted by Dragon Wings for their Warbirds series of diecast military aircrafts. Although there are several scales to choose from, the most popular scales for diecast commercial airplanes are the 1:400 and 1:500 scale. These two sizes are the right sizes for those collectors who want to create miniatures scenes of airports without taking up too much space for their diecast collection displays.
One of the very first companies that specialize in diecast commercial airplanes was Dyna-Flytes. Today, the company is no longer in business. Its market share is share among other manufacturers of diecast commercial airplanes like Dragon Models Ltd, GeminiJets®, Inflight and Herpa Miniaturmodelle GmbH. Dragon Models Ltd is a hong kong based company that specializes in plastic models and Military Miniatures. However in 1997, the company began the diecast commercial airplanes series called “Dragon Wings”. These 1:400 scale models are aimed not only at diecast collectors but also the commercial airliners as well. To date, they have released over 100 models and is the official supplier of diecast commercial airplanes souvenirs for Airbus and Boeing.
GeminiJets® is a Nevada based company that was founded in 1998. Their models are highly collectibles as their series are all limited editions with around 2500 pieces for each edition. In addition, GeminiJets® diecast commercial airplanes models are well known for their accuracy as they use original production blueprints and actual Pantone colour charts from the aircraft manufacturers for references. Inflight, another notable manufacturer of diecast commercial airplanes, also produces exceptional detailed diecast models to the extent of rolling rubber tires. Their main scale is the 1:200 scale, but they also produce the 1:500 scale that is compatible with the Herpa Wings collection. Their series are produced in very limited edition of only 300 to 800 pieces thus making their models highly sought after.
Herpa, or Herpa Miniaturmodelle GmbH manufacture diecast commercial airplanes under the trademark of Herpa wings. Their diecast commercial airplanes models comes in various scales like 1:160, 1:200, 1:400, 1:500 and 1:1000. Nevertheless, their core line is the 1:500 scale. They also produce the Herpa's SCENIX series that comprises of accessories for airport dioramas to complement their 1:500 scale diecast commercial airplanes. These accessories are extremely complete and the airport diorama can even be set up to create the illusion of night landing using the provided lighting system.
These are not the just only diecast companies that manufacture diecast commercial airplanes that one can choose from. Corgi and Matchbox also produces diecast commercial airplanes for collectors. Those who wish to collect larger scale models can also look to Franklin Mint for their occasional releases. Nevertheless, the above mentioned companies are the main manufacturers that many diecast collectors revert to due to their reputations for quality diecast commercial airplanes models.