In this article, I am proud to show you the best diecast helicopter models in the aircraft category. I have chosen them based on a lot of criteria that will also be shown below. Enjoy as I show you each one that I have chosen and why did I chose them as a model that is worthy for your collection.
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 of them has a different purpose and is very fun to study. That’s why it is fun reading such information all over the internet.
A helicopter is an example of a rotary winged aircraft that flies using the lift and thrust supplied by its rotor, which allows them to fly vertically, to hover, forward, backward, and laterally which most fixed wing aircraft can’t do. It came from a French word hélicoptère, which is from 2 greek words “helix” which means spiral and “pteron” which means wing.
Other names of helicopter include: Chopper, heli, copter and whirlybird.
History of Helicopter
The first design of Helicopters actually originated from China on the 4th century AD in a book named “Baopuzi” where children use a bamboo copter toys, and as the copter rotates, their toys will fly. Its design was later displayed in the Renaissance paintings on the early 18th and the 19th century where scientist started to develop the first flying machine based on these toy design of the early Chinese.
The first operational helicopter was produced in 1936, it is named FW-61. Mass production of helicopters were made in 1942 with 131 units of this aircraft were built
These Helicopters are great to use in congested and small areas because it can fly vertically and can hover on a different side in an easy manner and as we can see, they are very famous today as we always see them in the air flying.
This machine has gone a long journey, from the children in china to us right now. It surely has a lot of innovations that made it what it is right now, from Leonardo Da Vinci’s aerial screw model to our time. There surely is a lot of difference helicopter models for us to choose from.
In this article, I had made the best picks on the helicopter models out there for your convenience and feel free to choose the best one for you.
Buying a Helicopter Model
There are many factors not just on the helicopter model itself, there are many 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-making process 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 – Most of the models we chose were helicopter 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.
Helicopter Diecast Model
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Hot Picks for Helicopter Diecast Model
I am proud to show you my top picks for the Helicopter Diecast models. Feel free to choose which one is the right one for you. I know you will definitely have the right choice. I have even placed the Reason to buy category, which means that it would be like a summary of how will the model be a good choice for you. Let’s start!
Bell 222 Airwolf
- Aircraft Model: Bell 222
- Size: 40ft x 40ft x 11ft
- Empty Weight: 4,555 lbs
- Model by: Aoshima
- Size: 13.6 x 9.2 x 3.8 inches
- Weight: 0.9 lbs
- Scale: 1:48
- Reason to buy: Achievement, History, Design
Airwolf is a fictional helicopter used in an old American TV series named “Airwolf”. It actually came from the helicopter model Bell 222 modified and designed to have stratospheric ceiling, stealth, variety of weapons and many more.
A real Bell 222 is actually a twin turbo-shaft helicopter that is produced for the civilian market and typically employed for corporate, emergency medical or utility transport missions, with seating for up to 10 people.
Airwolf was actually sold after the TV series to a German company however, it crashed while operating as an air ambulance on June 6, 1992.
If you are looking for a helicopter that is actually part of a TV series, this is a good one for you. Plus, after it crashed, there was a replica made from it and it was sold for $250 Million which is currently in Bel Air, California. That even if this helicopter doesn’t exist anymore, the fame it once has, and always has, will definitely stay. This is a good pic if you want this model for you.
Please do note that this is not a diecast model, it is a plastic model but it really looks good and I really want to include Airwolf in this list as you can see, it is just unique and I just can’t exclude it simply because it currently doesn’t have any diecast model in the market.
A Video for you to see airwolf 🙂 feel free to check it out!
Sikorsky VH-60 White Hawk
- Aircraft Model: Sikorsky VH-60 White Hawk
- Size: 64ft x 53ft x 16ft
- Empty Weight: 10,624 lbs
- Model by: InAir
- Size: 13.9 x 4 x 4.8 inches
- Weight: 0.55 lbs
- Scale: 1:60
- Reason to buy: History, Achievement
This aircraft is part of the Marine One code for the US Marine corps which carries the president of the United States. These helicopters are Operated by the Marine Helicopter Squadron 1 (HMX-1 “Nighthawks”) which are the VH-3D (Sea king) and the UH-60N (Black Hawk).
Sikorsky UH-60 was named after the Native American war leader Black Hawk, the UH-60A entered service with the U.S. Army in 1979, after that, further new models were produced such as UH-60L or UH-60M. In addition to Army use, these UH-60 family of helicopters were exported to several nations
Sikorsky VH-60 White Hawk is the variant of the Black hawk still used for the same operations. This aircraft does not have armament but is designed to counter missile threats, protecting VIPs that will ride this aircraft. This family of helicopters has a lot of history behind and is part of the Marine One, which makes this a significant part of the list.
If you choose this aircraft, you are in for a treat as it is one of the aircraft that the President of the United Stated has stepped foot in it. This is definitely one of the must haves for a collection
A Video Reference to provide more information, courtesy of YouTube
Bell UH-1 Iriquois “Huey”
- Aircraft Model: Bell UH-1 Iroquois
- Size: 57ft x 48ft x 14ft
- Empty Weight: 5,215 lbs
- Model by: Revell
- Size: 20 x 14.1 x 3.3 inches
- Weight: 2.0 lbs
- Scale: 1:24
- Reason to buy: History, Popularity
This helicopter was the first turbine-powered helicopter to enter production in 1960, with around 16,000 units built. It was one of the most successful Helicopters in the industry in quantity. Pilots are also said to love this aircraft which the description given ” The airship everybody lusted to fly.”
UH-1 Huey was originally made as an air ambulance but it was further needed to be upgraded. It was later armed with M60 machine guns and rocket and became America’s first gunship.
Among the Huey’s greatest strengths was its versatility. It was used as a troop transporter, for close air support and for medical evacuation. It was used the most in the Vietnam war with 7,000 deployments.
With so much history and success behind this helicopter, this is a very great choice for collectors, I also want to note that this is the biggest model in this list as a 1:24 scale model. In addition, it’s popularity can’t be forgo as this is one of the helicopters that left its users in an awe.
A Video for your reference of Huey
Bell AH-1S Cobra
- Aircraft Model: Bell AH-1 Cobra
- Size: 53ft x 44ft x 13ft
- Empty Weight: 5,810 lbs
- Model by: Bell
- Size: 9.3 x 4.1 x 2.7 inches
- Weight: 0.3 lbs
- Scale: 1:72
- Reason to buy: Legacy
The Bell AH-1S came from the Bell UH-1 Iroquois which makes it part of the Huey family. It has a nickname of Cobra or Snake.
AH-1 was the backbone of the US Army’s first attack fleet which has now been replaced by AH-64 Apache.
Since it has been replaced by the AH-64 Apache, the surplus AH-1s are currently not used as an attack fleet, it has now been converted to fight forest fires.
Upgraded versions of the AH-1 is still being used by the military in some countries, and the twin engine type of AH-1 is still in service in the Unites States Marine Corps (USMC) as an attack helicopter.
With its history being the legacy of the US Army’s first attack fleet, this helicopter has left a mark in its history. Even if it is not used today, if vintage helicopters are your thing, this is perfect for your collection. The Legacy it leaves is just simple amazing for us not to include this aircraft to this list. Feel free to add AH-1 to your collection if you want it. You will surely not regret having this model.
A video reference as your guide to see this aircraft
Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk
- Aircraft Model: Sikorsky UH-60 Blackhawk
- Size: 64ft x 53ft x 16ft
- Empty Weight: 4,819 lbs
- Model by: New Ray Diecast
- Size: 11 x 11 x 3.1 inches
- Weight: 0.67 lbs
- Scale: 1:60
- Reason to buy: Achievement
This aircraft is part of the Marine One code for the US Marine corps which had carried the president of the United States. These helicopters are Operated by the Marine Helicopter Squadron 1 (HMX-1 “Nighthawks”) which are the VH-3D (Sea king) and the UH-60N (Black Hawk).
Sikorsky UH-60 was named after the Native American war leader Black Hawk, the UH-60A entered service with the U.S. Army in 1979, after that, further new models were produced such as UH-60L or UH-60M. In addition to Army use, these UH-60 family of helicopters were exported to several nations.
This helicopter was used by the elite team of United States Navy Seals, that entered into the Pakistani Airspace without being noticed, and then executed the raid, which ultimately killed Osama Bin Laden. Making a stunt that has never been witnessed before by the world. And, definitely it would have been impossible if the aircraft used by the Navy Seals in the raid were just normal helicopter. It was clearly the beauty of the Sikorsky Stealth UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters.
That is an overwhelming achievement and because of that, UH-60 has made it into the list. This has made a great milestone that surely a simple helicopter can’t possibly do. If you wish to have this into your collection, you surely made a great choice! An amazing one indeed. Its achievement alone made it a very impressive aircraft.
Video Reference of the Black Hawk
Sikorsky SH-60 Seahawk
- Aircraft Model: Sikorsky SH-60 Seahawk
- Size: 64ft x 53ft x 17ft
- Empty Weight: 6,895 lbs
- Model by: New Ray Diecast
- Size: 10 x 3 x 3 inches
- Weight: 1 lbs
- Scale: 1:60
- Reason to buy: Uniqueness
The Sikorsky SH-60, also known as the “Seahawk”, is an aircraft based on the UH-60 Blackhawk.
The Seahawk has many uses that makes is a very versatile aircraft.
It is able to deploy aboard any air-capable, destroyer, cruiser, fast combat support ship, amphibious assault ship, or eve an aircraft carrier.
The Seahawk can also handle submarine warfare , surface warfare, naval special warfare , combat, search and rescue , and medical evacuation.
This aircraft is definitely one of the best in versatility and is being used until today. If you are looking for a very useful aircraft due to its versatility, then you are surely in for a treat. This model is also a great addition. Feel free to check it our below
Video reference for you to have a great choice
Boeing CH-47 Chinook
- Aircraft Model: Boeing CH-47 Chinook
- Size: 94ft x 12ft x 18ft
- Empty Weight: 24,578 lbs
- Model by: New Ray Diecast
- Size: 12 x 3.7 x 2.8 inches
- Weight: 1.0 lbs
- Scale: 1:60
- Reason to buy: Speed, Uniqueness
The CH-47 Chinook is a helicopter made by a company named Boeing Vertol, currently, there are about 800 units of Chinook according to Boeing. It is among the heaviest lifting Western helicopters. Its name, Chinook, is from the Native American Chinook people of modern-day Washington state.
The Chinook is a cargo airship that can carry 12 tonnes of weight, also has a maximum speed of 196 mph or 315 km/hr, making it the fastest helicopter of its time. Even faster than attack helicopters and is still one of the fastest helicopters in the US inventory.
Despite being a cargo ship, it is armed with three 7.62 mm M240/FN MAG machine guns. It is also one of the aircraft that has been to a lot of places may it be Korea, Vietnam, to Iraq I / II and Afghanistan.
It is just that famous to be able to reach today, it is a special aircraft that has seen a lot of history. It is also considered one of the favorites of all time. If you want to try out this model, feel free to check it out. I also provided a video for you to see it.
- Aircraft Model:AgustaWestland AW101
- Size: 64ft x 61ft x 21ft
- Empty Weight: 23,149 lbs
- Model by: Italeri
- Model Number: AW 101 SKYFALL
- Size: 9.1 x 8.3 x 3.1 inches
- Weight: 0.6 lbs
- Scale: 1:100
- Reason to Buy: Design, Advanced Helicopter
The AgustaWestland AW101 is considered as one of the most advanced helicopters in the world!
This aircraft is made by the cooperation of Agusta in Italy and Westland Helicopters of United Kingdom. Some people name this aircraft as “Merlin.”
As the AW101 entered its service in 1999, it has replaced other helicopters such as the Sikorsky SeaKing. It performed roles such as medium-sized transport, anti-submarine warfare, and ship-based utility operations. Naval versions of the AW101 can be armed with two anti-ship missiles, or up to four torpedoes and depth charges.
Armament options for military utility variants include a turret for a 12.7mm machine gun. The wings provide the hard points for mounting of rocket pods.
It is equipped with infrared jammers, directed infrared countermeasures, missile approach Warner, chaff and flare dispensers, and a laser detection and warning system. Making it one of the most advanced aircraft currently available.
AW101 is also used in Passenger and VIP transportation as its civilian role.
AgustaWestland AW101 is included in this list because it is one of the most advanced aircraft currently available. If you are someone looking for this type of models, then this is perfect for you. I am sure it will be worth it for your collection.
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: Air Force One
- Size: 6.2 x 3.2 x 1 inches
- Weight: 0.5 pounds
- Scale: 1:144
- Reason to buy: Uniqueness
This was included in my jet engine list simply because this aircraft can be both. This is just amazing so I can’t help but also place it again into this list. If you want to check my other article on Jet engine aircraft models, feel free to browse through them too.
The Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey is a multi-mission military aircraft with both a vertical take off and a 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 external cargo but also 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, it can even be considered as a Jet engine aircraft. A VERY FAST helicopter capable of running for 500km/h which is twice as fast as traditional helicopters.
If you are in for unique type of aircraft, I recommend this to you. This is simply amazing and I need to put it into this list.
Video reference for you to see its beauty, look at its wings!!
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.
I would like to thank the following articles for not for their articles, I wouldn’t have made this article.
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.
- Sérgio Carvalho
- FPSGamer Lord
- Future Army
- Marc’s Best Airshow Videos by Marc Talloen
- AiirSource Military
- Daily Aviation Archive