Diecast toys are made using the die casting method. Die casting is a manufacturing process that can produce geometrically complex metal parts through the use of reusable molds, called dies. The die casting process involves the use of a furnace, metal, die casting machine, and die. The metal, typically a non-ferrous alloy such as aluminum or zinc, is melted in the furnace and then injected into the dies in the die casting machine. After the molten metal is injected into the dies, it rapidly cools and solidifies into the final part, called the casting. |
Diecast toys Aircraft Diecast toy What are the diecast processes? It’s very important to know that not every process will suit every project or product, so you must always look for the right process for the right application.
The most common processes for diecast toys are:
Multi-Slide Die Casting The multi-slide process is a high-speed, temperature-controlled process that produces thin-walled components so complex in geometry that they would need to be manufactured from two or more pieces if other methods of die casting were used.
Hot Chamber Die Casting Used for zinc, some magnesium alloys, and other low-melting alloys that do not readily attack and erode metal pots, cylinders, and plungers.
Cold Chamber Die Casting (Most used) Better suited for metals with high melting points such as aluminum, metal is liquefied and then ladled into a cold chamber where a hydraulically operated plunger pushes the metal into the die.
Injected Metal Assembly (IMA) An innovative, one-step manufacturing solution has been developed and refined over the past 50 years, IMA outperforms most adhesives used for small component joining and assembly production and reduces manufacturing costs.
What are the diecast toys types? Aircraft, Bikes, Buses, Cars, Race Cars, etc.
How to choose the diecast toys? Before you choose your diecast toy, you need to know what you are looking for and why you are looking for a diecast toy. So for example, there is a big difference if it is for collection purpose or for your kid to play with.
The price will depend on the brand, quality, material, details, opening features, moving gear levers, opening petrol caps, detachable alloys, opening windows, pull-up/down aerials and its value for money proposition and Resale value/Demand.
At the end of the day, you will get what you pay for.
What are the top brands? The top brands are: Exoto, CMC, Kyosho, Biante, Autoart, Hotwheels Elite, Hotwheel Super Elite, Minichamps, Norev. Welly, greenlight, Revell, Bburago, Maisto, motormax, Universal Hobbies etc.
Without a doubt, Exoto and CMC are the best 1:18 scale modellers in the business. Whilst exoto no longer manufacture, their models are constantly sought after on the second-hand market. Both manufacturers use many of the same materials on the real cars. Examples include real metal piping for engine works, rubber wiring for electricals and real leather for seats. They go to town with their range of opening features as well including moving gear levers, opening petrol caps, detachable alloys, opening windows, pull-up/down aerials etc. However, you’ll pay top dollar for such works.
Autoart and Kyosho also offer high-end detailing but not in the same way as CMC or Exoto. Their models are also scaled perfectly with outstanding paint-jobs and attention to detail. Opening features are aplenty but not as many as CMC.
Minichamps & Norev also offer good quality models; their opening features are basically limited to doors, bonnet, boot and steering.
GT Spirit & Otto – resin only model makers. Excellent attention to detail both inside and out; unfortunately no opening features on any of their offerings. They have both 1:18 and 1:12 models
Maisto & Bburago usually offer bargain basement models at prices most people can afford. They’re good for people who don’t mind to miss the details or for young children to play with. They don’t usually feature all of the details such as side glass in the doors for example and usually are made with as few pieces as possible.
There are other specialist modellers too such as Amalgam (very high end that specialises in 1:8 and 1:5 models), GMP, Hot wheels (big on Ferraris but perhaps not so big on the detailing), Ertl, Revell, TSM and Tamiya.
Diecast scales and sizes. The most popular scales are 1:12, 1:18, 1:24, 1:32, 1:43, 1:64, etc.
– Bikes 1:24 scale will be approximately 8cm long 1:18 scale will be approximately 10-12cm long 1:12 scale will be approximately 14-18cm long 1:10 scale will be approximately 20-28cm long – Buses 1:76 scale will be approximately 10-15cm long 1:64 scale will be approximately 14-20cm long 1:50 scale will be approximately 16-23cm long 1:24 scale will be approximately 28-32cm long – Cars 1:64 scale will be approximately 6cm long 1:43 scale will be approximately 10cm long 1:24 scale will be approximately 15-25cm long 1:18 scale will be approximately 20-30cm long 1:12 scale will be approximately 30-40cm long – Race Cars 1:43 scale will be approximately 10cm long 1:24 scale will be approximately 15-25cm long 1:18 scale will be approximately 20-30cm long 1:12 scale will be approximately 30-40cm long Where to buy diecast toys? Sellzo Australian sellers offer the top diecast toys types, brands and scales with very affordable prices.
Fredstoys is one of the first and top Australian sellers.
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