Diecast Models

Diecast models

Diecast models
Are you looking to add some new diecast models to your collection? Or perhaps you are trying to find the perfect diecast model gift for a model enthusiast. Paignton Model Shop are ready to help!

We have a huge selection of all the best brands and can give you information and advice on everything from starting your diecast model collection to how to clean and maintain the models.

If you’re looking for the perfect new collecting hobby or have a love of trains, cars or planes (plus more), we are your one-stop shop. Here at Paignton Model Shop, we have new lines being added all the time, so you can stop by or give us a call to find out all of the diecast models we have available.

What are diecast models?
You might see them written like die cast, die-cast or diecast, but these are all the same thing. Diecasting is the process where miniature models are created using metal casting.

A molten metal alloy is pressed under intense pressure into a mould during the die casting process, resulting in a metal product that resembles an injection-moulded plastic product.

Diecasting captures all the details of your best-loved trains, characters and cars. What makes the process incredible is that the process is similar to that of the creation of classic cars!

What brands do you stock?
At Paignton Model Shop, we stock many models and brands, including Hornby, Dapol, Peco Oxford Diecast, Classix ‘OO’ diecast and Corgi. For a full list of brands, check out our About Us page, or give us a call.

What is the difference between the ‘OO’, ‘O’ and ‘N’ scales?
The scale is the ratio between real-world things like cars, trains, and planes and the model size. The models aren’t just reduced in size until they are small; they are carefully and accurately reduced to versions of the real thing.

O scale - 1:48 Are on the bigger side and makes a great starting point for children who want to get into models or for adults who have a lot of room.
OO scale - 1:76 is one of the most popular scales; due to the size, it is easier to start with these.
N scale - 1:160 or 1:148 One of the most realistic layouts you can get (for train tracks) and works well for those with limited space.

There are several other scales, including HO and Z.

How can you care for diecast models?
Many people choose to keep their diecast models in any packaging, but if you want to take yours out and use them in model train tracks, or have them on show, then proper cleaning is a must.

Keeping your models away from direct sunlight will preserve the colour, and for dust, you can use a small brush or a cotton bud to carefully remove it. Although diecast models are very sturdy, you should still be careful of the finer details.

Paignton Model Shop can help you with everything you need, from Warhammer and Hornby to Diecast model collecting and care tips. Drop by the shop or give us a call; we’d be happy to help!