Diecast Models are scale models of cars, aircrafts, trucks that are made using the diecast manufacturing process. These Diecast Models are usually made from an alloy called ZAMAK. Initially, diecast models started out as complementary accessories for model train sets with very little detail as to their designs. The early diecast models were also not sought after as collector items because they were made alloy with high lead content which were fragile. Lead as a poisonous metal was not known until the later part of the 20th century. The brittleness of the alloy also meant that diecast models then could not be manufactured to a high degree of detail.
Although these diecast models looks like children toys, they are actually scale down representation of the real thing. More care and attentions have been paid to their details and quality than the typical children's toys. In some cases, diecast models details were even derived from the actual blueprints of the real car or truck. In the US, the Dowst Brothers was one of the first companies that began producing diecast models. Their diecast models then, were mostly just a painted body with no interior details.
Today, most of the popular diecast models were modeled after automobiles. Nevertheless, diecast models were not just restricted to the automobiles, but many were modeled after aircrafts, tanks, trucks, ships and construction equipment as well. However, because of the diversity of diecast models that exists in the market, most hobbyists just specialize on one or two categories that hold their interests.
Diecast models are produced in different sizes according to scale to the real thing. The scales can be range from 1/18 to 1/87 and so forth. Diecast models with a scale of 1/18 mean that they are one eighteenth the dimension of the actual thing. The larger models are usually the ones with the most details. One can usually see the finer details of a car doors, engine parts and even the gauges on the dashboard. But they are also the ones that are the most expensive. Besides from the higher costs that deter collectors, the large sizes also pose a difficulty when it comes to displaying or storing these larger diecast models.
Today, collecting diecast models is still an extremely popular hobby. In fact, with the modern manufacturing technology, these diecast models are improving in quality and detail every day. A comparison with a Corgi model of the postwar era to that of a Matchbox model today will really demonstrate the improvements that have been made over the years. Nevertheless, diecast models from the postwar era are extremely rare today. And if you are able to get hold of any of these older models, they are worth collecting as these diecast models will fetch a good price on eBay.