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History and Understanding the Term:

1:24 scale as it relates to the diecast model car industry


Some History on the term 1:24 scale

1:24 scale is a very popular size of diecast toy, collected by children and adults. Primarily automobilies are made in this scale, with a few examples of tractor trailers and other larger equipment.

1:24 scale is similar or identical to the size used for G scale model trains so these can be used on model train layouts.

1:24 scale is the name of a type of diecast model cars originally produced in the late 1980s, around the same time that the old-car hobby enjoyed a huge increase in popularity.

By the mid-1990s, other manufacturers became aware of the popularity of this scale, and introduced their own lines of models. These companies included Johnny Lightning, Maisto, Motor Max, Saico, Superior, Welly. Often, cars featured in collectible car magazines were soon the subjects of 1:24 diecast models.

As time went on, not only did the variety of 1:24 diecasts grow, but the quality did likewise. Early examples suffered from poor chrome plating quality, inaccurate interior details, and body dies that did not accurately reflect the actual body lines of the cars themselves. Unlike plastic, which is much easier the shape than metal, some of these models have heavy lines or shapes that reflected these difficulties. Furthermore, advancements in manufacturing equipment and painting process further improved quality and detail.During the early 2000s, these problems were solved, and the quality and accuracy of models improved drastically. Today (2006), many features are found in mainstream, low-priced diecasts that were only found in models costing under $20.00.

Typically companies that make such model cars will have a licensing arrangement with real car manufacturers to make replicas of their cars, both in current production or of models no longer produced.

Today, the lower-priced models are obtainable from a number of diecast merchants, both online and in brick-and-mortar hobby and train stores. Premium models are typically offered on the Internet from such sites as Ebay, as well as number of online diecast stores. Often these stores offer the models at significant discount from list price. As time goes on, more and more collectible (and modern) cars become the subject of 1:24 diecast models, so at this time there is a very large number of diecasts to choose from.

Additonal Resources

Understanding Scale
1:18 Scale
Diecast Directory
See ALL 1:24 scale diecast model cars (in stock and out of stock)
See only IN STOCK 1:24 scale diecast model cars


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