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The term die-cast toy here refers to any toy or collectible model produced by using the die casting method. The toys are made of metal, with plastic, rubber, or glass details. Wholly plastic toys are made by a similar process of injection , but the two are rarely confused. The metal used is either a lead alloy (in the first toys), or more commonly Zamak (or Mazak in the UK), an alloy of zinc with small quantities of aluminium and copperLead, as previously so widely used for cast metal toys, or iron are impurities that must be carefully avoided in this alloy, as they give rise to zinc pest. These alloys are also referred to casually as  or , although these terms are also confused with the lead toy alloys. The most common die-cast toys are scale models of automobilesaircraftconstruction equipment, and trains, although almost anything can be produced by this method.

Die-cast toys and models come in various scales, the most popular ones being:

  • 1:12 scale - Very large, highly detailed models; usually about 14 or 15 in (36 or 38 cm) long; mainly targeted at adult collectors. These models are generally much more expensive than the 1:18 models. Many diecast motorcycles are also produced in this scale.
  • 1:18 scale - Large, detailed models, usually about 7 or 8 in (18 or 20 cm) long; mostly targeted at adults. America is the main market for these, although some European and Australian companies also produce cars and even trucks in this scale.
  • 1:24 scale - This has long been a favoured scale in the USA, due to many construction kits and dealer promotional models being this size. Mebetoys of Italy had a large range of cheap 1:24 toy cars. Franklin Mint and Trax also use this scale.
  • 1:32 scale - Intermediate size, most common for model tractors and other agricultural vehicles; Britains has used this scale for decades, and it is also used by Ertland Siku. Vintage car models are also quite common in 1:32 scale.
  • 1:36 scale - Popularized by Corgi in the 1970s, a common scale for toy vehicles such as those from MaistoKinsmart and Welly.
  • 1:43 scale - the most popular scale for model cars worldwide. This scale was made popular by Dinky in the 1930s as it was compatible with O gauge model railways. This scale is the most commonly used in Britain, Europe, Japan and Australia, but less so in the USA. In continental Europe 1:43 is often favoured for model trucks. It is also widely used for handbuilt models in resin and white metal.
  • 1:48 scale - Several companies produce diecast model aircraft in 1:48 scale, which is a popular scale for plastic construction kits. Some diecast military vehicles and model train accessories are also made in this scale.
  • 1:50 scale - The most widely used scale for trucks, buses and especially construction vehicles.
  • 1:55 scale - used mostly by Siku of Germany for its toy range of cars and trucks. The Disney-Pixar Cars Die-Cast Line by Mattel are nominally in this scale.
  • 1:60 scale - the scale of the immensely popular pre- and post-war military vehicles series by Dinky Toys (including military Dinky Supertoys), and still used by many military modellers.
  • 1:64 scale - popular for farm models and American model trucks. Matchbox, Hot WheelsJohnny Lightning and model Nascar racers are nominally this size. However, in recent years, Japanese companies like KyoshoAoshima and CM's Corp have been producing ranges of highly-detailed 1:64 models, including racing cars and road cars, with CM's Corp mainly producing 1:64 rally model cars.
  • 1:72 scale - usually used for military die-cast armoured fighting vehicles due to compatibility with 1:72 plastic construction kits.
  • 1:76 scale - scale popular mainly in Britain, Australia and Hong Kong for highly detailed buses and lorries such as those by EFE and Corgi OOC, and Trax Models in Australia. A major growth in this scale was caused when Oxford Diecast entered the market with a range of over 90 different cars and commercial vehicles. These models were originally intended as OO scale model railway accessories, but became collectibles in their own right.
  • 1:87 scale - These are compatible with H0 scale model trains, and tend to be more popular in the USA and continental Europe. They are more commonly made of plastic, and German companies such as Herpa and Wiking produce wide ranges of highly-detailed models in this scale.
  • 1:148 scale - compatible with British N scale model trains, this scale has recently gained popularity in the UK due to its compact size and low priced models fromOxford Diecast.
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Art Model ART138 Ferrari 225 S #60 "Bob Spear" Riverside 1952, 1/43rd scale diecast model car.
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Diecast, 1/18th, 4 lbs, Porsche, Auto Art
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Diecast, 1/43rd, 1 lb, Cobra, Bang
Bang 414 Shelby Cobra 289 #15 "Dan Gurney - Phil Hill" 29th pl. 12 hrs of Sebring 1963, 1/43rd scale diecast model car.
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Diecast, 1/43rd, 1 lb, Cobra, Bang
Bang 422 Shelby Cobra 260 #98 "Billy Krause" DNF Riverside 1962, 1/43rd scale diecast model car.
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Diecast, 1/43rd, 1 lb, Ford, Bang
Bang 7091 Ford GT Mark II #2 "Dan Gurney - Jerry Grant" DNF 12 hrs of Sebring 1966, 1/43rd scale diecast model car.
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Diecast, 1/43rd, 1 lb, Mercedes, Bang
Bang 7212 Mercedes 300 SL Coupe #20 "Hermann Lang" GP Bern 1952, 1/43rd scale diecast model car.
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Bang 7242 Mercedes 300SL Spider #22 "Hans Reiss" Nurburgring 1952, 1/43rd scale diecast model car.
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Diecast, 1/43rd, 1 lb, Mercedes, Bang
Bang 7244 Mercedes 300SL52 #24 "Karl Kling" 2nd pl Nurburgring 1952, 1/43rd scale diecast model car.
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Diecast, 1/43rd, 1 lb, Mercedes, Bang
Bang 7246 Mercedes Benz 300SL52 #21 'Herrmann Lang - Fritz Riess' winner Le Mans 1952, 1/43rd scale diecast model car.
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Diecast, 1/43rd, 1 lb, Maserati, Bang
Bang 7250 Maserati 450 S #7  “Jean Behra - Sterling Moss” 1st pl. GP Sverige 1957, 1/43rd scale diecast model car.
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Diecast, 1/43rd, 1 lb, Mercedes, Bang
Bang 7253 Mercedes 300 SL Coupe #20 "Theo Helfrich - Helmut Niedermayer" 2nd pl. Le Mans 1952, 1/43rd scale diecast model car.
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Diecast, 1/43rd, 1 lb, Mercedes, Bang
Bang 7263 Mercedes 300 SL Coupe #3 "Hermann Lang - Erwin Grupp" 1st pl. Carrera Panamericana 1953, 1/43rd scale diecast model car.
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Diecast, 1/43rd, 1 lb, Ford, Bang
Bang 7334 Ford GT MkIIB #4 "Jo Schlesser - Guy Ligier" 4th pl. Mugello 1967, 1/43rd scale diecast model car.
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Diecast, 1/43rd, 1 lb, Ferrari, Bburago
Bburago BB36803 Ferrari SF16-H #5 'Sebastien Vettel' F1 2016, 1/43rd scale diecast model car.
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Diecast, 1/43rd, 1 lb, Ferrari, Bburago
Bburago BB36803R Ferrari SF16-H #7 'Kimi Raikkonen' F1 2016, 1/43rd scale diecast model car.
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