New GreenLight 1:64 Additions Are Real Gems


19 Apr 2010 | 6,870 views | No Comment
GreenLight  fans--and we know your numbers are huge---rejoice! Your favorite model company has released some new products in its Auction Block and Muscle Car Garage lineups, and after taking a close look, we can tell you that they are terrific, as usual. We had a chance to take a look at the following new Auction Block 1:64 scale models: 2010 Ford Shelby GT500, 1968 Plymouth GTX hardtop; 1966 Shelby GT-350H, 1970 Chevrolet Corvette LT-1 ZR-1, and the 1971 Dodge Charger R/T Hemi. In Muscle Car Garage Series 12, we reviewed the 1966 Ford Mustang GT, the 1968 Plymouth Road Runner, 1971 Pontiac GTO Judge convertible, 1972 AMC Javelin AMX, 2009 Chevrolet Corvette GT1 Edition, and the 2010 Chevrolet Camaro SS. Given the popularity of these models, we plan to continue to review new GreenLight models as they are introduced, so stay tuned. First, a few general comments that apply to all of the models in the series. Most important, the details in these 1:64 models are nothing short of breathtaking.  As tiny as these cars are, you can easily read all emblems, the lettering on tires, the emblems on grilles and rear decks, and see the reds and yellows of side marker lights. The design, layout and shape of each specific chassis and  exhaust system is called out accurately, and yes, each engine that you’ll see is model specific--no clones that are used in each miniature across the line, as other 1:64 scale manufacturers do. The engine colors are accurately replicated and unique top that particular car. Even the locks on door handles are exactly as you would see on the real car. Secondly, unless you’re a real freak for such things as working taillights, moveable driveshafts and such, the detail you’ll  find on these models is every bit as satisfying as you’ll find on larger 1:18th scale designs, just smaller to fit the 1:64 scale. At far less than $5 apiece at most stores we checked, you’ll surely be able to afford plenty of GreenLight models for the $60 or more price you’ll pay for similar detail and precision on larger models. That’s an important point in these hard economic times. And you surely won’t run out of space anytime soon to display them. There’s another big advantage to GreenLight products. Generally speaking they show color combinations, equipment, and model line features that aren’t available readily elsewhere. So if you want a 1971  Dodge Charger R/T Hemi in a red orange hue, with the vinyl roof and a black interior--GreenLight’s version may be the only model you’ll find for that specific car.  And GreenLight often reproduces their cars in other colors and equipment combinations as time goes by. The Auction Block series has now been expanded to include cars sold by the famed Mecum Auctions company, along with the pre-eminent Barrett-Jackson auction cars. 1971 dodge charger greenlight model First up is the Dodge Charger we’ve mentioned.  We took a look at “Standard Guide to American Muscle Cars, 1960 to 2000” and found a picture of the real car on page 134, and except for the fact that the real car shown did not have a vinyl top, everything else is as it should be, down to the lettering on the tires. Don’t ask us how, but GreenLight managed to even get the detail, angle and lens design for the complex taillights dead-on with this car. We  haven’t seen that on other 1971 Charger models we’ve examined. Of course, the 2010 Ford Shelby GT500 needs no introduction to anyone; it’s one of the fastest production cars on earth--and one of the rarest seen ones, too. The one replicated by GreenLight is the first one that was available for sale to the public, was sold at the 2009 Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach Auction for  $150,000. Everything--from the complex full body stripes on roof, hood and tail end, to the blacked out appearance on portions of the wheels, is faithfully duplicated on this model. GreenLight is one of the first, if not the first, company to offer a replica of the 2010 version of the Shelby 500. 1966 shelby gt350h model Another popular classic Mustang was the 1966 Shelby GT-350-H, sold by Mecum at a Kissimmee, Fla., 2009 auction for $112,500. You might recall that “back in the day,” Hertz Rental car company had an agreement with Shelby to provide a group of Mustang Shelby models to be rented to the public--this GreenLight model replicates one of the real examples. The gold stripes on the replica are absolutely beautiful, and in the right hue of gold, too. You can even see the tri-colors on the Mustang emblem in the grille, and the steering wheel design and interior pattern are correct, too. 1968 plymouth gtx model Plymouth’s GTX was a dream car for many high schoolers way back when, and GreenLight replicated a maroon 1968 Plymouth GTRX that was sold for $40,000 by Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale, 2009 for $40,700.  Equipped with a 440 cubic inch  engine, 375 horsepower engine, and with less than 51,000 miles, the real car had a rare automatic transmission. The1968 GTX had a particularly interesting rear end treatment with a center insert and taillight lenses all around-- a tough thing to replicate, but again, GreenLight did it right. 1970 corvette lt1 zr1 model And how about GreenLight’s replication of a 1970 Corvette LT-1 ZR-1? Talk about a rare car, this one was it. Only 25 ZR-1s were built out of 17,316 Corvettes that year.  The real car sold for $112,200 at Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach 2008 for $112,200. This model is a prime example of the lengths to which GreenLight goes to get the replication right. They could have just stuck any color inside the model, and hope that nobody noticed. But this model has the exact tan shade that the real car had installed, alone with the correct hood striping, and yes, you can read the “Sting Ray” emblem on the car’s fenders. 2010 chevy camaro ss model If you want to see model-making in 1:64 at its best, check out the magnificent replica of the 2010 Chevrolet Camaro SS in the Muscle Car Garage Series 12 collection. This one’s to die for--and we predict that it will be among the hardest to find on the shelves simply because of the popularity of the Camaro and the fact that the design and the dark silver paint are so striking. If you find one on the shelves, buy it. And if you see several, scoop them up., This one will likely be a good investment for the future. You heard it here first. Look at the wheels! With what appears in some lighting to be  gold hubs and in other lighting, silver, along with blacked- out spokes and backgrounds, they are worth the price of admission alone. ` Up front you’ll see the gold Chevy emblem and the red SS emblem. The grille is there in all its menacing glory, And around back?  You’ll simply have to see it to believe it. It’s the most intricate, well replicated Camaro rear end for this model year we’ve seen anywhere. Hands down. And mind-blowing. No need to go to a larger scale to get this kind of detail. 2009 chevy corvette z06 gt1 model Another rare Chevy is the 2009 Corvette GT1 Edition, also in the Muscle Car Garage Series12. The model shows every single scoop accurately, and each of them looks as though they are open and operational. The unusual silver, gray, red and black striping is there, too, along with the appropriate road wheels. Corvette lettering can be seen on the windshield, and the flag emblem with appropriate colors is duplicated, too. 1972 amc javelin amx model The replica of the 1972 AMC Javelin AMX in the Muscle Car Garage Series is strictly one of a kind--we haven’t been able to locate models of this car anywhere else. Fortunately, GreenLight’s model is an excellent one, with the tri color AMX badges on the side of the roof panels, the gold striping, and yellow lenses on the grille lights. Proportions on this car are hard top replicate well, which may explain why you don’t see models of this car. But again, hats off to GreenLight. The stance, proportions and wheel to body relationships are accurate. 1971 pontiac gto judge convertible model If you’re a GTO fan, don’t miss the Muscle Car Garage Series 12 1971 GTO Judge convertible. The real car is rare, since most Judges you see on the road are coupes. The model had the yellow orange paint finish, the orange side stripes, Ram Air hood, and unusual grille design have been shown faithfully. No problems here at all. A beautiful, must have model. The other cars in this series also are well-done, including a dark blue 1968 Plymouth Road Runner with “dog dish” hubcaps and a black 1966 Mustang GT 2 plus 2 Coupe with a particularly lovely interior. Most Green Light models can be had for between $3.00 and $5.00 at the stores and hobby shops we visited; they are, needless to say, fast sellers, so you’d better move quickly. Visit GreenLight at www.greenlighttoys.com.

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