Things You Should Know when Buying Model Aircraft

Aviation professionals and enthusiasts around the globe like to collect detailed models of modern and historic aircraft from all periods and eras. Whether you like commercial or military aircraft models or you’re looking for a gift for someone who is a hobbyist, there are certain things you should know before you purchase die-cast or plastic airplane model.

Model airplanes are usually made of die-cast, plastic, chrome-plated metal or wood. Most of them require little maintenance, such as dusting off. When it comes to prices, they depend on the manufacturer, material and the amount and the accuracy of detailing on the aircraft. Simply put, keep your budget in mind when picking an ideal model airplane, because prices can vary greatly.

Plastic model airplanes are typically decked with many details and accurate livery. By building them up to almost every specification, manufacturers make really stunning model airplanes. In general, these products are really easy to maintain, but they should be kept out of direct sunlight and in a protected display area.

Diecast model airplanes are manufactured by die-casting; it’s a special technique that was first used at the beginning of the 20th century. Manufacturer pours molten alloys into a mold (of steel) in order to die-cast a model airplane. Before buying any expensive vintage piece, make sure you check its price (and authenticity); it’s hard to find die-cast model in good condition if it was produced before 1950s, because early alloys were prone to spontaneous breakage and cracking. Also, most alloys used for making model aircraft before 1970 contained lead, so keep your kids away from these products. Finally, modern diecast model aircraft made from 1970s until today are made of high-quality alloys, they are decorated with metal, glass, rubber accessories and carefully painted.

If you’re looking for the place to buy plastic and diecast model airplanes, check out RW Hobbies, an authorized retailer for Corgi, Gemini Jets, Herpa, Hogan, JC Wings, Phoenix Wings & Skymarks plastic plane models.

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