off topic - die-cast military planes
sorry for the OT post....
Ames has some die-cast WWII planes about the same scale as Battle Squads, just a touch larger. They're sold under the brand Air Signatures, I'm pretty sure. The detail is close to the Battle Squads planes. The cockpit has a decently detailed pilot molded into the seat. They had a pretty goos assortment - Focke-Wulf, P51, P38, and a couple others for which I don't recall the model designations. They also appear to have 2 separate stands, one that's an inch or less tall and one that's similar to the AF stands.
The downside is they're $15 each. At $10, I'd have probably snagged one of each. At $15, I'm not sure. But I just wanted to let y'all know about them in case anyone has an Ames and collects WWII planes.
If you don't want to spend that much and just want to get some decent planes for your young kids, check out this post.