The GMP diecast company was started by Tom Long, its current president, in 1991. It all began with his passion for cars especially those that are related to racing. This was also around the time when NASCAR (National Association of Stock Car Auto Racing) was becoming immensely popular which gave rise to the boom in diecast as collectibles. Due to the brisk sales of diecast collectibles from the other major brands like Revel and Matchbox, this gave Tom Long the impetus to create the GMP Diecast company. The initial line of GMP Diecast products began with the production of 1:64 scale diecast transporters replicas of teams participating in the former Busch stock car racing series.
By early 1992, the initial shipment GMP Diecast of the Harry Gant/Mac Tools transporter has been released to the market. Ten thousands pieces of these GMP Diecast replicas were snapped up by the diecast collectors. With good demands for their products, GMP Diecast began opening molds in China and expanding their product range to cover other niches like the vintages cars series and 1:18 scale winged sprint. Later, GMP Diecast also began producing diecast replicas of major cars manufacturers like Buick, Nova, and Pontiac. At the moment, there are three factories producing replicas from forty plus categories of molds for GMP Diecast. Some of these replicas contain as many as 400 parts.
Today, GMP diecast produces a wide range of diecast products to cover almost every conceivable niche for the avid automobile enthusiasts. Some of their unique diecast collectibles relating to cars include 1:6 scale diecast dashboard replicas. These dashboards are highly detailed and exact and even have a set of real keys for the glove box and ignition. The turn signal levels works and so does the column gear shifter, if there is one. Apart from dashboards, another unique niche of GMP diecast replicas are their 1:6 scale of diecast engines. Manufactured with working gear shifters, these engines also featured a starter button on the display stand where you can press to sample the throaty roar of the engines coming to life!
Not all of GMP diecast collectibles are related to the automobile niches. They also produce 1:3 scale diecast replicas of Stratocaster guitar, an icon of the 1950's Rock and Roll era. They are extremely detailed right down to the last screw. In addition, GMP diecast also produces two 1:35 scale models of the Second World War US fighter, the P-40 E Warhawk. These planes feature sliding canopies, engines, functional cowling, gun details and functional flaps and rudder. However, the most distinguishing characteristics about these GMP diecast planes is the automatic landing gears which can be activated by a small button on the underbelly of the planes. Thus, if you are a discerning collector of diecasts, then the GMP diecast replicas are a good choice for you to evaluate for your collection.