However, the hobby of collecting toy planes or miniatures made of wood or metal is still going strong. Of course flying RC planes is a global hobby and many companies manufacture top-of-the-line RC planes. But wood or metal planes that have no flight are also avidly sought by collectors and they will go to great lengths to acquire the plane models they do not have.
The Attraction of Detail
Many online companies now sell realistically detailed and excellent quality metal diecast planes. They have a landing gear with the rubber tires on them and fan blades as well as nose-landing gear. Some model airplanes have moving control surfaces and very historically accurate markings. The jet fighters will have model-specific missiles with appropriate markings as well.
A Variety of Planes
Much later in the 20th century, tinplate or tin lithograph toy planes came into being and Japanese manufactures excelled at making these right through the 1950’s and 1970’s and Normura Toys, Ashi Toy Company were some of the most famous manufacturers of these planes. These toy planes hold a large amount of appeal and many current-day manufacturers replicate the designs and styling of the planes that were manufactured in yester years.