South Korea

Like in Japan, tinplate and diecast model cars have been made in South Korea since the 1950s, too. But in contrast to the Japanese toys, most Korean products were no-name-products. Some of the few early exceptions were Clover Toys, Dae Jin and S. Since the 1980s models of current Korean cars in 1/32nd to 1/35th scale have been released under varios labels (Clover Toys, CM Toys, Kingstar, Sseca, Mica). Many of these models are still quite toy-like featuring pull-back action, but some more recent Chinese-made models of Korean cars in these scales by Pino B&D, Samsung and Jigamaree are quite well detailed. One of the earlier Korean manufacturers, Kingstar, also produced 1/43rd and 1/64th scale diecast models of foreign cars in the 1970s and 1980s. In the meantime the Korean car makes offer promotional models in 1/18th and 1/24th scale, too. 1/43rd scale models of Korean cars have been made by Ixo/Altaya (Hyundai Accent WRC) and Norev (Korean Chevrolet models). Besides the Korean companies, the American manufacturer Ertl, as well as Shinsei from Japan, also let produce some model cars in South Korea in the 1970s and 1980s.