Top 10 Fun Father’s Day Gift Ideas
Father’s Day is coming around again, this year falling on Sunday the 20st of June. If you are still wondering what to get your dad, now is the time to start looking for that perfect Father’s Day gift, and in order to make your pick from the wide range of products we stock at Wonderland Models, we’ve compiled a top 10 list of where to start looking.
1. By June we will hopefully be enjoying warmer and sunnier weather, which makes it the perfect time to take one of our radio controlled toys out for a spin. Some of the most popular products at the moment are radio control helicopters, rc planes and remote control trucks. The Eflite Blade mCX2 RTF Radio Control Helicopter is a great ultra micro-sized rc helicopter ideal for flyers of all skill levels, and comes ready to fly, with no assembly required – simply put in the battery included and start practicing. Every Blade mCX2 is test flown and trimmed before leaving the factory, so the path to success for first time flyers is assured. The radio control helicopter is set as default for a level of control, speed and agility suitable for a complete novice, but the control settings can be set to enable the heli to perform at higher speeds and with more agility as ability levels and confidence grow in the pilot.
2. If you think flying a plane is more to your dad’s liking, the Hobbyzone Champ RTF Radio Control Plane is a great Father’s day gift idea. The micro sized rc plane offers the chance to recreate the early days of aviation. Constructed from injection moulded foam the Champ is very easy to control and is ideal for flying indoors or under calm weather conditions, and the on-board radio system equipped with Spektrum 2.4GHz DSM2 technology means no signal inference wherever you are. The plane’s lightweight and durable construction also means it’s easy to fly in small spaces without the worry of crash damage.
3. Wonderland Models stocks a wide range of radio control trucks, and the Tamiya 1/14 MAN TGX 26.540 6x4 XLX is one of the most sophisticated. The 1/14 scale aerodynamic rc truck is precisely reproduced, with front grill features mesh material, a cabin that tilts forward separately from fenders and realistic fender interiors and exteriors. Using a Type 450 motor, this Tamiya remote control truck is controlled by a 4-channel transmitter to allow gear shifting and front and rear suspension through metal leaf springs and coil spring dampeners.
4. Meccano Sets make great gift ideas for children of all ages, and will surely make your dad reminisce of his own childhood. The Meccano Special Edition 1930's Vintage Set is an affordable set that casts a nostalgic eye back at the early days of Meccano. The set includes plans for 4 different models, but with over 100 parts included in this construction set, there are limitless possibilities for what you can build. The Special Edition Meccano Set comes in a vintage style box.
5. Retro Toys have recently become back in style again, thanks in no part to the James May’s Toy Stories TV show. One of the most popular brands of retro toys is Scalextric. As the de facto standard in slot racing cars and sets, Wonderland Models stocks a wide range of Scalextric products, and new to 2010 is the Scalextric Aston Martin DBS Green (DPR). A highly detailed Scalextric car, it has a detailed and intricate body shell, working front and rear lights and is Digital Plug Ready (DPR), which will allow you to convert it from standard to digital in effortlessly with the C8515 Digital Plug.
6. Another popular brand of retro toys is Hornby Railways. The Hornby Railways Railroad BR Mallard Class A4 - DCC Fitted accurately recreates a real life steam locomoive in its BR Green livery with a pristine finish and comes fitted with a DCC decoder. As part of the Hornby Railroad range, it is fitted with an efficient drive mechanism and pickups on all drive wheels to ensure smooth running and without the easily damaged detail parts of some of the higher end models and is a perfect complement to the variety of Hornby locomotives, tracks, rolling stock, buildings, and accessories stocked by Wonderland Models.
7. Diecast models are also great gift ideas for Father’s Day, with many to choose from at Wonderland Models. One of the most popular at the moment is the Corgi Scania R Fridge Trailer Eddie Stobart of the Hauliers of Renown collector’s model range, which can be collected and displayed together.
8. Also hotly tipped is the 1/12th scale Minichamps Joey Dunlop Honda VFR 750 RC45, released on the 14th of June, just in time for Father’s Day. Featuring removable fairing, movable steering damper, working suspension and racing stand, it is sure to be a hit with racing enthusiasts.
9. Airfix and Tamiya are well known for their quality plastic models, with a wide range of gift ideas available at our online toy shop. The Airfix 1/350 HMS Illustrious Gift Set and Airfix 1/72 Dambusters Gift Set accurately recreates the real life British Royal Navy vessel and Lancaster bombers, respectively and come with all the paint and glue required for assembly. The Tamiya 1/24 Aston Martin DBS is also highly detailed, with an engine hood that can be opened and closed, synthetic rubber tires and decals.
10. Finally, matchstick models from like likes of Matchbuilder, Matchitecture and Matchcraft make for great Father’s Day gifts. The pre-cut card formers, along with glue, matchsticks and full instructions ensure hours of fun assembling and displaying matchstick aircraft, transport vehicles, buildings and much more.
Hopefully this list will have given you some idea of where to start when looking for father’s gift ideas this year. To keep up-to-date with the latest news from any of the brands and products discussed in this article and to be notified of any upcoming offers, please sign up to the Wonderland e-mail list.