The Best Diecast Aircraft Models you can Buy | Updated

What are the best Diecast Jet Engine Aircraft Models

In this article, I am proud to show you the best diecast aircraft models in the Jet category. I have chosen them based on a lot of criteria that will also be shown below. Enjoy as I show you each and everyone that I have chosen and why did I choose them as a model that is worthy of your collection.

Based on our search for the best jet aircraft models, we have found out that the best ones available in the market are the following, the list is made by checking out a lot of criteria which is also introduced later in the article. I am sure that you will find at least one of them perfect for your collection.

  1. Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor
  2. McDonnell Douglas F-15E Strike Eagle
  3. General Dynamics F-16 Fighting Falcon
  4. Eurofighter Typhoon
  5. Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II
  6. Boeing C-17 Globemaster III
  7. Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey
  8. Concorde

More details on why they are the best are down below. Make sure to them out!

Best Diecast Aircraft Models - Jet

Jet Engine Diecast Models

I have placed the Jet Engine Diecast Models on this article, If you are looking for the airbus aircraft, you may visit my other article here.

If you are looking for Rotary winged aircraft such as helicopters, you may visit my other article here.

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Hot Picks for Jet Engine Diecast Model

I am proud to show you my top picks for the Jet Diecast models. Feel free to choose which one is the right one for you. I know you will definitely have the right choice.


Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor

  • Aircraft Model: Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor
  • Size: 62 ft x 16.7 ft x 44.5 ft
  • Weight: 43,500 lbs
  • Model by: Postage Stamp
  • Number:GJUAE1285
  • Size: 5.5 x 3.3 x 1.2 inches
  • Weight: 0.4 pounds
  • Scale: 1:145
  • Reason to Buy: Stealth, Performance, Strength, Durability

The Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor, the fourth generation in stealth aircraft technology in the United States Air Force (USAF), is a stealth tactical aircraft by the USAF. It is very stealthy that in radars, it will be perceived as something as small as a bumblebee.

This is designed to be an air superiority fighter that is capable of reaching 2.25 Mach. It can also do ground attacks, signal intelligence, and electronic warfare. The USAF considers that this aircraft is unmatched by any known or projected fighter.

This is also a secretive plane, that’s why there are only a few facts around that you would know about this aircraft. However, In terms of stealth, performance, and strength, this is one of the best there is. If you are a fan of the F-22, this is a very great choice to add to your collection. This is highly recommended.

Video Reference for this Amazing Aircraft


McDonnell Douglas F-15E Strike Eagle

  • Aircraft Model: McDonnel Douglas F-15E
  • Size: 63ft x 18ft x 42ft
  • Empty Weight: 81,000lbs
  • Model by: Air Force One
  • Size: 11 x 6 x 2 inches
  • Weight: 2 pounds
  • Scale: 1:145
  • Reason to buy: Superiority, Record

The McDonnell Douglas F-15 is an American twin-engine, all-weather tactical fighter aircraft designed by McDonnell Douglas. It gained air supremacy since its start in 1972 and is among the most successful modern fighters, with over 100 victories and no losses in aerial combat. It is also the only jet that is able to shoot down a satellite. The aircraft is still in production now and is projected to end in 2022.

The McDonnell Douglas F-15E is a variant of the F-15. It was designed in the 1980s for long-range, high-speed air defense without relying on the escort. This aircraft has been deployed across the globe.

This model became part of this list because of its amazing record. If you really like this model, you definitely made the right choice. This will symbolize superiority and even if it has reached more than 40 years in the air, it is one of the great ones that soared the sky until now.

What I’m offering here is a plastic model from Tamiya. Hear me out but I like the Tamiya brand when it comes to models. They are one of the best companies that produce plastic models. When it comes to attention to detail, I really like how they do things.

If you need proof on why I like Tamiya, I even promoted it in this article where I discussed Airfix and Revell: Which Is Better: Revell Or Airfix?


General Dynamics F-16 Fighting Falcon

  • Aircraft Model: General Dynamics F-16 Fighting Falcon
  • Size: 49 ft x 16 ft x 32ft
  • Weight: 20,300 lbs
  • Model by: Revell
  • Number:85-5511
  • Size: 17.5 x 12.2 x 12 inches
  • Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Scale: 1:72
  • Reason to buy: Innovations, Popularity

The General Dynamics F-16 fighting falcon is a single-engine fighter aircraft first developed by General Dynamics, now by Lockheed for the USAF.

Its other name is “Fighting falcon” but the pilots refer to this aircraft as the “viper” because its head is similar to a head of a snake. The F-16 has also been procured to serve in the air forces of 25 other nations. It is also the most numerous fixed-wing aircraft in military service with more than 4,500 units.

The F16 was made as a lightweight version since the F15 is too expensive to fill in all roles in its military so they made a lighter version F16. It is also the first jet aircraft with a side control stick and a bubble canopy, giving pilots better control and sight of the plane’s surroundings.

With the aircraft’s extreme control, visibility and thrust, it has been one of the most respected and feared fighter planes for 40 years.

This is a very popular plane to collectors since they are really famous, considered as a very successful plane. You will surely love the F-16.

Note: This is a Hasegawa Plastic Model. I am not happy with the current market situation but a lot of diecast models are generally out of stock. I have no choice but to recommend plastic models for now. I will switch back to diecast models when the stocks come back.

Don’t get me wrong. I still like Hasegawa since they also make detailed and quality models.

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Eurofighter Typhoon

  • Aircraft Model: Eurofighter Typhoon
  • Size: 52ft x 17ft x 36ft
  • Empty Weight: 21,495 lb
  • Model by: Corgi Diecast
  • Number: AA36410
  • Size: 13 x 12 x 4 inches
  • Weight: 1.85 pounds
  • Scale: 1:72
  • Reason to buy: Aircraft Versatility

The Eurofighter Typhoon is a twin-engine, multi-role fighter developed by airbus. The aircraft’s development effectively began in 1983 with the Future European Fighter Aircraft program, a multinational collaboration among the UK, Germany, France, Italy, and Spain. The Eurofighter Typhoon is a compact and highly agile aircraft, designed to be a supremely effective fighter in combat. The aircraft has also taken a lot of responsibility for air-defense duties for the majority of customer nations.

This is an aircraft that is so advanced that it can’t be flown without a computer. This is in fact a very versatile fighter, It’s known as a swing-role weapon system, which means that it is capable of different operational tasks and can even switch from one duty to another on a single mission.

Another popular choice and one of the most versatile aircraft out there. It is one of the popular aircraft that soared the sky and its name will surely be engraved in our history.

Note: At last! I found one that has stocks and a diecast model! Stocks are now hard to find but I found a diecast model for Eurofighter Typhoon which is one of my favorites.

Video reference for you to see its beauty


Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II

  • Aircraft Model: Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II
  • Size: 51ft x 35ft x 15ft
  • Empty Weight: 29,300 lbs
  • Model by: Daron
  • Size: 4.25 x 2.75 x 4 inches
  • Weight: 0.5 pound
  • Scale: 1:144
  • Reason to Buy: Power, Popularity

The Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II is a family of single-seat, single-engine, all-weather stealth multirole fighters. The fifth-generation combat aircraft is designed to perform ground-attack and air-superiority missions. An aircraft built by the joined effort of 1,500 suppliers worldwide. This aircraft first soared the skies in 2006 and for combat in 2018. It has a magnificent look and the efforts of the companies behind it are easily seen in its performance.

This aircraft is so popular that if combined, it has flowed over 90,000 hours on the air.

The engine that is implemented for the F-35 Lightning II is the heart and soul of its operational capability. It is considered the most powerful engine ever as of now capable of reaching 155 KN.

With the advent of radars, this fifth-generation stealth plane still remains only partially detected, making it still useful in our time. Its innovations will lead us to more powered jet planes in the future.

Note: I like this because it’s a diecast model and Lockheed Martin F-35 is really cool.

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Boeing C-17 Globemaster III

  • Aircraft Model: Boeing C-17 Globemaster III
  • Size: 173ft x 170ft x 55ft
  • Empty Weight: 278,003 lbs
  • Model by: TM
  • Size: 10.7 x 10.4 inches
  • Weight: 0.5 pounds
  • Scale: 1:200
  • Reason to buy: Achievements, Popularity

The Boeing C-17 Globemaster III is a large military transport aircraft. It was developed for the USAF from the 1980s to early 1990. The C-17 commonly performs tactical missions as well as transporting troops, medical evacuation, airdrop duties, and cargo operations throughout the world.

The C-17 is also known as “the Moose”, due to its sound heard when it is refueling due to air ventilation. It is very popular that the C-17 has broken 22 records for oversized payloads, and has also been awarded the Collier Trophy, a highly prestigious aviation award in the United States. It can be also seen in movies such as Godzilla, Iron Man 1 and 2, and American Sniper, and TV shows like Seal Team, Hawaii Five-O, and Marvel: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

This is a very popular aircraft that’s why it is included in this list. You may also add it to your collection

Note: I’m going to be completely honest here. I am not sure why this is so cheap for a metal diecast. So I think it is already a good deal. Hurry while its stock lasts.

A video reference courtesy of YouTube


Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey

  • Aircraft Model: Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey
  • Size: 57 ft x 82 ft x 22 ft
  • Empty Weight: 33,140 lbs
  • Model by: New Ray
  • Model Number: 26113
  • Size: 6.2 x 3.2 x 1 inches
  • Weight: 0.70 pounds
  • Scale: 1:72
  • Reason to buy: Uniqueness

The Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey is a multi-mission military aircraft with both vertical take-off and short take-off capabilities. It is designed to combine the functionality of a conventional helicopter and a high-speed cruise performance of a turbo aircraft.

It is a very useful and versatile aircraft. Not only, it can carry 24 combat troops, 9,000 kg of internal cargo, and 6,800 kg of external cargo but also be used for logistics and search and rescue, the V-22s also have the option of being outfitted with an M240 machine gun, a 7.62 mm Gatling gun, or belly-mounted turret guns.

This is a unique plane that as said above, can even be considered as a helicopter. A VERY FAST helicopter capable of running for 500km/h which is twice as fast as traditional helicopters.

If you are in for a unique type of aircraft, I recommend this to you. This is simply amazing and I need to put it into this list.

Note: I hope you don’t mind my comments here. I know my comments are personal than being professional. It is just my diecast collector side talking, but I really want to comment about the model.

I like the Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey for its uniqueness and I am quite surprised that New Ray offers something like this for a good price. I mean for a diecast aircraft this size (1:72), it’s just so cheap. I don’t know how long the price will last though.

Video reference for you to see its beauty.


Concorde

  • Aircraft Model: Concorde
  • Size: 202 ft x 84 ft x 37ft
  • Empty Weight: 173,500 lbs
  • Model by: Mastercraft Collection
  • Model Number: KSSTFTR
  • Size: 24.5 x 10.2 x 7 inches
  • Weight: 3 pounds
  • Scale: 1:100
  • Reason to buy: First Supersonic Commercial Aircraft

Concorde is a retired French-British turbojet-powered supersonic passenger aircraft. It had a speed twice the speed of sound which is Mach 2.04. It is one of the supersonic types of planes that are used commercially. During its lifespan, Concorde had over 50,000 flights. 2.5 million passengers flew supersonically with Concorde.

Concorde’s name, meaning “harmony” or “union”, was chosen to reflect the co-operation on the project between the United Kingdom and France.

Did you know that this amazing plane is flying at a height of 60,000 ft? So high that the passengers were able to see the curvature of the earth. I really hope these would be our commercial planes in the future.

If you are in for the futuristic type of commercial plane, then this is a very great choice. Definitely one of my favorites. Feel free to check it out below.

Note: This is the last comment you’ll see from me in this article. I LOVE CONCORDE. This is one of the fastest planes that ever existed. Plus, did you know that arguably, one of the largest model planes is a Concorde model which is a 1:6 Scale Replica?

P.S. Arguably because the 1:13 scale Boeing 747 is also HUGE.

You can find the article I made about those 2 big models here: What Scale Are Model Planes? 

A video reference for you to see its beauty. AMAZING RIGHT? RIGHT?!!


An Aircraft

An aircraft is any type of man made object or machine that is able to by gaining support of air. It counters gravity by air lift using dynamic lift, jet engine, rocket engine or a propeller. Common examples of aircraft are airplanes, helicopters, airships, jet engine aircraft or a hot air balloon. There many types of aircraft based on its use namely: Military, Civil, Experimental and Model. Each has a different purpose and is very fun to study. That’s why it is fun reading such articles.

An Airplane

An airplane is a powerful winged aircraft. It uses thrust from engine such as rocket engine, jet engine or a propeller. Airplanes are used in so many ways such as military, research and transportation. Commercial Airplanes transport 4 billion people every year. This is the reason why airplanes are now a very significant part in our lives.

The word airplane came from two Greek words “ἀήρ”= which means air and “planos“= which means wandering. Airplane at the start usually refers to the wings. However, after a while, airplane now refers to the whole aircraft itself.

In 1903, Airplanes were invented by the Wright Brothers. They flew it and they characterized it as “the first sustained and controlled heavier-than-air powered flight”. From there, airplanes make a significant leap forward to the benefit of people. For example, the Boeing 707, the first widely successful commercial jet served the people for about 50 years.


Jet Engine Aircrafts

Jet Engine aircraft are a type of aircraft that uses jet engine propulsion in order to fly. Propeller powered aircraft generally achieve their maximum efficiency at much lower speed compared to a Jet engine aircraft that can even go to a close or even above the speed of sound.

An English inventor, Frank Whittle, developed the concept of a jet engine in 1928. After that, a German named Hans von Ohain developed the concept independently in the 1930s. This was sent to Ernst Hansel, who led to the construction of the first jet.

After that, the Jet engine aircraft soar the skies as it gets the attention of the whole wide world. There were just too many advances in technology as the jet engine upgraded and upgraded as it is now. It had a long way and that’s why it is so popular to us from childhood even up to now.


Buying an Aircraft Model

There are many factors not just on the Aircraft model itself, there are things inside the models that makes us want to have them. I know because I also felt on what you are feeling. You just can’t choose which one is right for you to buy in a certain circumstance. So I made this article and I hope I could help you in your decision because I definitely know that choosing which one to buy is a very complicated task to do.

Considerations in Buying

To help you in choosing, I have placed here some considerations you need to consider and we are going to tackle them up in my picks below.

We need to consider the following in buying a diecast model

  • Quality – We chose die-cast models because they are made with metals. These metals will bring great tensile strength and will ensure that what you are buying will last a long or even a lifetime with proper care.
  • Design – The aircraft’s design in itself. Is it the design that you just can’t resist when you see it? This is actually one of the most important aspect for some people in buying a diecast model for display purpose.
  • Name – Did it made an impact in the aviation industry? Is it named for someone important? We will definitely use this criteria in choosing the best model for you.
  • History – the history of the aircraft itself, did it have any significant impact in the industry? or did the aircraft make a huge impact of its company’s history? These things are difficult to forgo in buying because these aircraft are just amazing.
  • Emotion – Is it the aircraft that you usually get emotional with? We just can’t help it right? We just want to get one too. You want to have it so bad and you can’t wait to display it in your home. In buying, emotion is actually one of the forgotten factors in buying this model.
  • Achievements – If it had won an award or a milestone, any special mention of these will greatly ease our minds in choosing.

I have put all of these into consideration and I am proud to introduce my top picks on the best airbus diecast models that you may choose from.

Conclusion

Whatever you choose. Be proud of your decision. All the choices above are just absolutely amazing. You sill surely be happy as you put it into display or as a collection in your home. They are all amazing in each of their own way and I know that one of them will surely be the perfect one for you, depending on your preferences.

Choosing which one is for you is extremely hard, I have placed it my top picks for the airbus category. However, it you want a to look for other aircraft article, you may check my articles on the jet engine aircraft and helicopters here

I hope I helped you in this article, good luck! I know you will surely make the right choice.

Jason, www.thediecastmodel.com

Sources

I would like to thank the following articles for not for their articles, I wouldn’t have made this article.

  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aircraft
  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jet_aircraft
  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lockheed_Martin_F-22_Raptor
  • https://www.historyinorbit.com/30-facts-about-the-f-22-raptor-that-will-blow-you-away/7/?
  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/McDonnell_Douglas_F-15E_Strike_Eagle
  • https://www.globalsecurity.org/military/systems/aircraft/f-16-specs.htm
  • https://www.globalsecurity.org/military/world/europe/eurofighter-specs.htm
  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eurofighter_Typhoon
  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Concorde
  • https://www.aviationcv.com/aviation-blog/2016/top-10-interesting-facts-about-concorde

I would like to thank the following YouTube channels because for not their videos, we will not have a great reference for each aircraft in here.

  • US Military Power
  • yellowteak militaries
  • US military Technology
  • Military Archive
  • ArmedForcesUpdate
  • TheConcordeChannel

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