The first model miniatures date from the 1930s. Well-known names from that time include Courtenay and Carman. After the second world war well-known suppliers such as Stadden, Newton and Greenwood and Ball emerged.
Since the sixties the number of collectors has seen considerable growth. In many countries (small) companies have arisen that focus on the production of metal figures.
Modern miniatures are cast in a different way to older ones Many contemporary manufacturers use a kind of "spraying technique" to fill the moulds, which makes more detail possible. The most common sizes are 54 mm and 90 mm, but there are also more and more larger model miniatures for sale. They are mostly painted by the collectors themselves.