1:18

How 1:18 scale became a standard in diecast, is somewhat of a question, but some of the first 1:18 scale cars appeared made in tin in the United States and Japan after World War II. These, however, were not precise in detail or proportion, but became popular in the late 1950s and early 1960s. Before World War II, some vehicle appeared in this size.

The first zinc alloy metal cars in this scale (and also 1:24 scale) from European Manufacturers appeared around 1970, made by the likes of German Schuco Modell and Polistil. Pocher, the Italian kit maker, even manufactured kits in a large 1:8 scale. 

European model makers like Schuco (which was later revived), Gama and Marklin went defunct and the market for 1:18 scale grew steadily during the mid-1980s, mainly with the likes of Bburago, Polistil (both Italian companies mass-manufacturing models in Italy) and then later the Asian Maisto which arguably became the principle manufacturer of this scale worldwide.

Throughout the 1990s, the number of different models in this scale increased exponentially as Chinese production cut manufacturing costs.

After 2000, "premium" manufacturers including GMP, AUTOart, and resin model producers like BBR began to offer very high-quality, highly detailed models at higher prices.

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