Diecast And Model Airplanes

Written by Michael O'Brien
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Diecast and model airplanes is as natural a pairing as cookies and milk. The reason for this is durability and authenticity. Diecast and model airplanes have become the standard pairing among collectors seeking high quality aviation replicas. How exactly do diecast and model airplanes come together though?

Diecast and Model Airplanes: The Basics

You may be curious as to how die cast metal models, toys, and other things are made. What does the term, "die cast" even mean for that matter? Think of a die as a kind of mold. This mold will determine the shape and form of the die cast metal object being created.

The process of casting involves injecting metal into the mold, letting it cool, and removing it to leave the component being created. What makes the process of die casting so popular for toys and models is because the molds used allow for mass production. A die cools quickly, allowing metal to be poured back into it for the immediate creation of another die cast metal component.

Once the metal component is removed, it is given a coat of paint, usually sprayed on during the assembly process. Paints with a glossy finish are preferable in order to more closely simulate the look of the shiny painted metal one might find on a car or airplane. Again, this authentic, "real world" look is one of the factors which make dies cast models and collectibles so desirable. Rarely, however, will you ever find a model or toy which is all metal. Usually, the metal parts will comprise the main body or select components, and the rest, such as wings, windshields, or canopies will be made of plastic.

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