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Greenlight C30 Chevrolet Ramp Truck and Z-28 Camaro

By Maz Woolley

All text and photographs by, and copyright of, the Author unless otherwise stated.

Greenlight has developed a range of ramp trucks carrying an appropriate car. Most are in the HD Trucks series and are to 1:64 scale. There are two ramp trucks used a Ford F-350 and a Chevrolet C30 but both are finished as different model year cabs in different sets. Both appear to be fitted with an identical ramp section. These models are diecast in China for the US.

This article looks at the set featuring a Chevrolet C30 from 1970 paired with a 1971 Chevrolet Camaro Z-28. Both are painted black and look well together.

Chevrolet C-30 Ramp Truck 1970

This ramp truck is nicely made and even the sides of the ramp section are cast in metal, though the side rails, protection bar and deck are plastic inserts with the metal tread areas finished in silver.

This is a model of the second generation C30 which was in production from 1967 to 1972 with minor changes to the styling along the way.

Unlike many other Greenlight models the bonnet does not open. The cab is a nice casting with the key features of the 1970 Grille modelled and badging neatly printed. The windscreen wipers are neatly done as body mouldings into the screen surround and all is finely printed in silver. Greenlight’s contracted producers show that they can print silver into the window openings very effectively, something some other manufacturers factories seem to be unable to do. Body side lights, door handles, and locks are all printed in silver in a neat manner.

The rear of the ramp area is a little disappointing. There should clearly be more lights. Just two printed in the central section is not convincing. One expects some drop down units below the hinge area for the ramps. The ramps are also an issue. All the Greenlight publicity shows them in a vertical position clipped onto the hinge areas on the bed, but mine don’t clip on at all. They can be posed resting on the hinge area for loading but the indent in them is nowhere near the correct size to clip on to the bed. This is a shame.

Inside the model is black with no picked out details. A wide bench seat sits in front of a steering wheel and dash board with quite a bit of moulded detail for instruments, stalks on steering column, and the steering wheel seems to have a central section moulded in a Chevy logo shape. All this can be seen as the cab glazing has been modelled with the windows down.

The wheels are neatly moulded and fitted with good rubber tyres, the rear set is double wheels which would have been fitted to allow the ramp to hold a heavy load. The ‘chroming’ is perhaps a little bright but custom wheels were often fitted to such trucks.

Chevrolet Z-28 Camaro 1971

Here we do get an opening part, the bonnet lifts to reveal a bright orange painted V8 engine with a large silver air filter on top.

This is a second generation Camaro as made from 1970 to 1981. Introduced to counter the runaway success of the Ford Mustang The Z-28 was a special version fitted with a V8 from the Corvette and given the twin body stripes. It was a homologation special to allow Chevy to race against Ford’s Mustangs which they did with considerable success.

This model captures the shape of the second generation car well and even shows the live rear axle and cart springs amongst the detail on the base. The body stripes are neatly printed but the white is perhaps printed a little thinly, though it does have the fine outline borders printed very effectively. The front lights are printed in white and the grille has been well modelled and printed in black with the Z-28 badge overprinted finely. Bumper and grille surround are printed well in silver.

The glazing features fully open sides allowing a view of the interior which has no printed detail but does have a nicely modelled set of seats, central console and dashboard. Looking at pictures of the Z-28 interior from that year it seems well modelled and the steering wheel appears to be correct too. The window rims are printed silver where applicable and again into the casting so no lines of body colour appear within them. The silver could have been better applied on the back screen where the silver is not a consistent width and finish on one side.

The side badging, lights and door fitments are all printed well, as is the chrome strip along the sills. The wheels are excellent replicas of the originals though they would have looked even better with a black wash. The printed name details on the tyres are excellent.

To the rear the lights are printed in red over a silver base print. The base silver is straight but the red overprint is off centre rather spoiling the effect. The bumpers are neatly moulded in and overprinted in silver and the Z-28 badging on the boot lid is very tiny but accurately printed in several colours.

As with the C30 no number plates are printed on.

In the US these 1:64 models sell for many times more US Dollars than a standard range Hot Wheels or Matchbox model, though they are still far from expensive. The level of detail and finish is superior to the cheaper models and justifies the higher prices charged. This is a nice set marred slightly by the fact the ramps do not fit properly and the rear light printing was not registered correctly, others may find that neither of these faults afflict their models.

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Greenlight Lincoln Continental 1965

By Maz Woolley

All text and photographs by, and copyright of, the Author unless otherwise stated.

This article looks at another 1:43 scale LIncoln from Greenlight. Here we have the 1965 Lincoln Continental in standard wheelbase form. The model has been produced by Greenlight in two colours Madison Grey Metallic, as featured in this article, and Wimbledon White.

The model represents the fourth generation of Lincoln Continental and its styling was a radical change from the third generation with its fussy styling and attempt to provide every body style you could ever want, though several sold in very low numbers indeed. The third generation was significantly cheaper than its predecessor but that contributed to Mercury making a substantial loss from 1958 to 1960. The fourth generation was subtle in form and detail and returned US premium car brands to styling based upon a restrained dignity. It was only available in saloon and convertible forms, though specialist coach builders did provide lengthened versions. By focusing on quality and driving down faults the car quickly gained a reputation for being well made as well as good looking.

During the model life, it ran from 1961 to 1969, there were constant changes to details and the 1964/65 cars are recognisable by having a revised front grille which is flat apart from a small bulging centre section and the secondary lights which are relocated from the bumper to the edges of the front wings.

Now to the model. The Greenlight appears to be accurately detailed for a 1965 car and the body shape seems to be excellent. I wonder whether the model is made for them by Universal Hobbies as it shares many details in common with the James Bond Collection Lincoln from Goldfinger, though that was based on the previous version of the car with a different grille and was modelled with the boot open. The roof section appears to be made out of plastic so a convertible should also be possible from the same casting.

The model has been beautifully painted with the metal and plastic parts matched in colour. The chrome features on the real car are all well replicated too with excellent bumpers, grilles and the like.

The lights are all separate plastic parts with neat chrome surrounds and even the headlights look convincing, without the visible peg that mars some budget models. Front, back and side windows are all flush fitting inserts with chrome printed on where needed. The door handles are printed over raised mouldings but they actually look finer than separate ones would have done.

The wipers are moulded and plated in silver, not etched, but that gives them three dimensions and they are quite finely moulded which makes them very acceptable. The printed badging is excellent as is the Continental emblem on the bonnet.

Inside is finished in tan leather effect seats and door cards with a darker brown rear parcel shelf. The dashboard is excellent with the black padded top moulded and the chrome strip with printed instruments in place beneath it. It also has a neat deep dished steering wheel.

Finally the wheels seem to match some 1965 cars on the Internet well. The thinner whitewalls used are appropriate as these shrank in width throughout the 1960s. The wheel centres and trim match several 1965 cars on the web.

If I have a criticism it is of the generic ’65 LNCN’ plates the car carries. Some real period US plates would have been nice. But that is a minor flaw on a good model.

All in all an excellent budget model of a very attractive car. I hope that these sell so well that Greenlight are encouraged to make more models of American classics in 1:43 scale.

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Greenlight Collector Event 2019

By Karl Schnelle

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On last Friday, May 10, GreenLight Collectibles opened the doors to their offices for their fifth Collector Event. Their facility is only ten minutes from where I work in Indianapolis, IN, USA, so I arrived only ten minutes after they opened.

I was surprised to find the parking lot already full of cars, and the office full of people. Having never been to one, i did not know what to expect but the company had a lot of samples, damaged goods, and other products for sale. They had door prizes as well where everyone could go to spin the wheel to get candy, key chains, or model cars!

New products were also unveiled that day, such as Bigfoot in multiple scales. Here is their first 1:18 sample.

Photo from the manufacturer.

Other new products were sitting there as well as test shots (raw castings) from the factory in China – 1:18, 1:43, and many 1:64!.

Photo from the manufacturer.
Photo from the manufacturer.

Most of the collectors and dealers were gathered around a few tables full of 1:64 scale “deco samples” for sale. One of the Greenlight sales and marketing people explained to me that this was the first sample back from the factory in China with paint and decals. The designer in Indianapolis would examine it and send any changes back to the factory, or Greenlight would accept it as-is.

I picked out one of these deco samples for an RV collector I know. I compared it to the online photos of the VW Type II Camper with River Valley Gorge decals, but it looked identical. There is a “Not for Sale” decal on the front window though!

Being a 1:43 collector, I did spy only a few at that scale on the deco sample tables. The pair of 1995 VW Jettas also seemed like normal issues. Greenlight issued these in four different colors after they made the 2001 Fast and Furious movie version. The Greenlight rep said the blue was darker than what they issued, but I will need to line them up side by side to see for sure! The rear license plates are both squeezed too much, so they did fix that one error in the production versions. The window tint is very dark compared to online photos as well, but it really hard to tell if they are different without comparing in person.

The only other 1/43 sample I found was a Chevrolet Chevelle from the John Wick: Chapter 2 movie (2017). The 1970 Chevelle SS 396 is in a beautiful green with white stripes. The deco sample does not have the white lettering on the tires, and the white stripe is too short on the rear deck lid. These issues were fixed, and the production version has white-lettered tires and the stripes extend over the edge of the rear deck.

Also, I saw this unboxed 1:43 Godfather 1941 Lincoln Continental sitting there with strange green tires. I had to have that one as well, even though it is a bit toy-like. Green tires signifies that it is a “Green Machine”, like a Treasure Hunt or a chase car. Notice this is the version with the bullet holes!

Reminds me a little of the Chevy sitting near their front door, although it is fullscale!

As I was walking out with the 1:43 deco samples for my collection, it was also hard to not notice the full-scale Bigfoot sitting there!

Hopefully, I can make it there next year for the next event; I’ll be on the lookout for any Elvis deco samples!

Greenlight Elvis Collection – 1971 De Tomaso Pantera

By Maz Woolley

All text and photographs by, and copyright of, the Author unless otherwise stated.

Greenlight has a strong presence in the world of TV and Film tie-in products. These allow them to reach a wider collector base and lead to many sales to people who would not otherwise collect model cars. This has been a strong contributor to their success in recent years. The Hollywood series of models are made in several scales in their product range: 1:18, 1:24,  1:43. and 1:64.

Their Elvis licensed products have been popular and there are several currently available. In 1:18 scale there is an MGA 1600 roadster as featured in the film Blue Hawaii. In 1:43 there are two models currently available both from 1971: a Stutz Blackhawk; and a De Tomaso Pantera. This article looks at the De Tomaso Pantera. 

Elvis is said to have spent 2,400 US Dollars to buy this car as a gift to his then girlfriend Linda Thompson. Many stories are told about him shooting the car on several occasions which may or may not be entirely true, but which helped the rebel image he was struggling to retain in the early 1970s. The real car is now in the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles.

The 1971 Pantera was powered by a Ford V8 in an Italian body and was built in Italy and sold for a while by Lincoln Mercury dealers in the US. Sadly the car was not well built and was not reliable despite its strong Ford Mechanical parts.

Photographs of the car being driven by Elvis and at the museum show that the Greenlight has been finished to match the original well. I suspect that the casting is one produced by PCT Industries (Ixo parent company) as it has been produced in Bangladesh where Ixo has a factory. There is also a part work model of the De Tomaso in red which looks very similar and is also probably made by Ixo.

Items like the heavy plastic wipers, printed door handles, crooked indicator lenses, and hugely over bright chrome exhaust system all mark it out as a budget model. However, the yellow paint is well applied, and even the areas where it is thin seem to be the appropriate ones like air intakes. Inside the dashboard is printed as is the central console.

All in all a decent budget model of a vehicle with an interesting history which I am sure will be popular well beyond the normal market place for model car collectors.

Greenlight Estate Wagons Series Two

By Maz Woolley

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Greenlight has released a second series of Estate Wagons to 1:64 scale made in China for the US. They have designed their large 1980s Ford Wagon so that the front end can be varied allowing them to produce different versions. They have already modelled two Ford LTD Country Squire Wagons, one from 1979 and the other from 1985 in series one. Here using the same basic casting we get the Ford LTD Crown Victoria Wagon from 1986 and the Mercury Grand Marquis Colony Park. Greenlight have taken advantage of the fact that Ford used the same platform for many years with minor cosmetic changes to the front end between marques and model years. For more on the Fords from Release one click here.

Ford LTD Crown Victoria Wagon 1986

The previous Ford wagons featured in series one were both Country Squire models with the stick on wood effect panels. Here we have the LTD Crown Victoria which was the same vehicle as the Squire but without the wood effect side panels. The LTD Crown Victoria wagon was available in both base and upmarket versions.

By 1986 the days of the sales of large Ford Estates were in decline with sales levels being less than 40% of the levels in 1979 when the model was launched.

The Greenlight model is neatly done though the flake in the metallic paint is very overscale. As with all the other wagons in this series there is no attempt to model any bonnet ornaments.

The grille and white and amber printed lights are well reproduced and the badging at the rear and on the sides is excellent. The Ford badge on the front grille is to scale and is so small you could easily miss it. The Ford badge, brake light and other tailgate details are neatly printed too.

The tailgate opens to give access to the huge load area and the car is also fitted with the Greenlight hitch so that the car can be used to tow the many trailers Greenlight now has in 1:64 scale. The rear lights, although only printed on, are effective.

On the roof the roof rack is neatly modelled. All glazing is flush glazed with neatly printed chrome window surrounds and the chrome trim is printed on the sides effectively. The wheels are neatly done with thin white walls, good wheel trims and the logo printed on the wheel centre. The tyres are over wide which is a shame but does not harm the appearance too badly.

Mercury Grand Marquis Colony Park 1989

This model is of the sixth generation of this vehicle made from 1979 to 1991. It was built on the Ford LTD platform with detail changes from the Ford Model, and Mercury badging. It was smaller than the preceding generation but had a similar huge load area. The Mercury was available as standard with seating for eight. The car was placed in the Grand Marquis model group which was top of the Mercury range at that time.

This Mercury sold in smaller numbers than the equivalent Ford Wagons and also saw a progressive decline in sales from the year it was introduced to its withdrawal with the 1989 cars selling at about 60% of the level when the model was introduced.

The model is good except for the front clip which is ill-fitting and misaligned. Straightening it quickly broke it, it is pictured before I attempted to try to straighten it. Having glued it back on with contact adhesive it is a little better fitting but still a little large for the gap it is intended to fill.

The detailing on this model is to the same standard as the Ford looked at above. There are a few nice touches like the faux wood inserts on the roof rack and the faux wood printing on the side is neatly carried out. Glazing is again flush and the rear door drops down in the same way as that on the Ford.

The wheels are again overwide but with nicely detailed wheel trims and a period authentic thin whitewall. The interior moulding is bland and is identical to the one used in the Ford leaving no sign of the folded down third row of seats. Underneath the model is the same baseplate as the Ford with only the printed on model name differing. Some minimal details of the engine, propshaft, suspension and exhaust are moulded into the base.

These models capture the final days of the classic US Estate Wagon as they were withdrawn by Ford in the 1990s due to the rise in popularity of the new breed of people carrier and the new generation of less utilitarian 4x4s. It is good to see that US 1:64 scale models continue to capture a wide range of US post-war vehicles.

Greenlight 1:43 Lincoln Continental 1941

By Maz Woolley

All text and photographs by, and copyright of, the Author unless otherwise stated.

Here we have Greenlight 86324 1941 Lincoln Continental diecast in China for the US. My model is in Mayfair Maroon, but it is also available in Cotswold Gray Metallic. The model also features in their movie related series in black as it appeared in The Godfather. As cars of this pre-war period era are not common, the US entered the Second World War at the end of 1941, I hope that their lovely 1:18 scale Packard Super and Duesenberg SJ are also produced in this scale.

The Lincoln Continental originated with a personal vehicle designed by Eugene T. ‘Bob’ Gregorie for Edsel Ford‘s vacation in March 1939. This was based on styling cues from the Lincoln-Zephyr and was a convertible. Keen to revive Lincoln’s successful earlier line of coupés and convertibles with modern models with more European styling the one off personal car influenced the creation of the Lincoln Continental range.

Lincoln Continentals from 1939 to 1941 were largely unaltered except in details and for purists are the classic Continental with the lovely, simple grille profile. From 1942 the car got a huge wide front grille assembly and lost its restrained beauty. The only choice the buyer had was between a coupe and a convertible and all were fitted with a 4.8 Litre V12 engine from the Lincoln Zephyr. The famous ‘Continental kit’ of a covered externally mounted spare wheel at the rear came about because of the long bonnet pushing the location of the passenger compartment back leaving only a small boot. The spare wheel had to be fitted externally to make the maximum room for luggage.

And so to the model. The base has Lincoln Continental 1941 embossed on it, and Greenlight details are only printed on in silver. The baseplate is largely flat, and from appearances it looks highly likely to me that this model has been made by Universal Hobbies for Greenlight. Looking at details of a 1941 Lincoln Coupe recently sold on the web the model has caught the shape well and the maroon paintwork appears to be fairly close to the colour of Continentals painted that colour seen on the web.

The front of the model is pretty good, although like many cars at a cheaper sales point the grille has no black wash which would have improved the excellent plated plastic mouldings. The wipers printed on the front screen are too high and have no modelling at all. Frankly they would have been better left off rather than printed on in such a heavy handed manner. The lights and sidelight fitments are good. and the vertical strip in the centre of the front has been neatly printed with the red accented V12 badge incorporated. The bonnet panel gap is almost non-existent which is a shame as it’s swooping line is an important part of the appearance of the real car. The bumper is largely accurate with the small red painted inserts all included. The twin sections in the middle of the bumper are rather thicker in appearance than those on the real car but this may be a compromise to make sure they are moulded consistently and not too fragile to handle on the assembly line.

At the rear we have nice separate lights in silver with the red lenses printed on. The rear mounted wheel and cover are also in plastic with a nicely detailed number plate, though it has no companion at the front. The raised script ‘Lincoln Continental’ that appears on the real car on the chrome centre of the spare wheel cover is missing on the model which just has the red Lincoln print like the centre of the hub caps on the wheels. The rear bumper is neatly modelled, again including the red details painted in, and the boot hinges and catches are all well printed over raised mouldings though the boot lock is not moulded in or highlighted.

Viewed from the side the thinness of the casting around the roof area becomes apparent and the chrome rain channels are cast well and printed finely. The windows are flush fitted and the window surround raised and chrome and body colour printed giving the same effect as a photo-etched insert but without the issues of keeping it glued flat. The door locks and handle are printed on raised mouldings and are quite effective as is the printed ‘chrome’ strip round the bottom of the car. The wheel covers securing bolt to the rear is moulded in but is not picked out, and the protector is present on the leading edge of the rear wing, but it may be a bit smaller than the one fitted to the real cars. Finishing the side off is the gold Lincoln Continental script on the side of the rear of the bonnet which looks to be rather overscale but that seems to be a convention amongst model makers as printed at real size it would be practically invisible. The wheels are neatly done with a body colour painted area, though the wheel embellishers may be a bit large. The small hub caps have the Lincoln script in red printed on them.

Inside the model shows its budget origins the tub is all a basic brown colour the same as the seats. The door cards are the same colour and have some moulded and highlighted fittings. It is nice to see that the dashboard has been moulded in some detail and the gold rims of the instruments and other fitments have all been printed as have faces for the instruments. The steering wheel is neatly moulded and highlighted and has the levers fitted to the steering column.

It is nice to have a model of a coupé for a change as so many models of this classic Lincoln are of the convertible version. This Greenlight model has a few small detail issues and omissions but none that spoil what is a very good basic replica of this car. That these 1:43 scale Greenlight models sell in the US for under 20 US dollars makes them a real bargain. Sadly when imported into the UK they cost much the same as a Corgi Vanguards model but even at this price they are still worth getting if you like the subject.

Greenlight Estate Wagons Series One Part Two

By Maz Woolley

All text and photographs by, and copyright of, the Author unless otherwise stated.

Greenlight launched their 1:64 scale Estate Wagons Series in 2018 and have now made two releases. A previous article looked at a pair of Fords. This article looks at another two wagons from the first release, both Chevrolets.

All the wagons are in the same generic series one blister packs with only the insert holding the model and a slip of paper being different between the Fords and Chevrolets. These are clearly intended to catch the eye when hung on a rack in the store but make for a large pack for a 1:64 scale model.

The two models covered in this article are: 1955 Chevrolet Two-Ten Handyman and the 1955 Chevrolet Nomad. The picture below shows line drawings of the Two-Ten body styles available with the Handyman at the bottom.

Copyright of website acknowledged

The Chevrolet Nomad was the fully loaded two door estate car with a rakish curved door and window surrounds unique to the model. Fitted with full carpeting and a lots of chrome on the sides and round the windows it was available with a new, OHV V8 engine option. The styling was influenced by one of the cars at the 1954 Motorama presentations which mated a Chevrolet Corvette front end to a rear end similar to that of the Nomad.

In contrast the Two-Ten Handyman was a two door mid-range wagon with the One-Fifty wagon being the base model. The Two-Ten Townsman was similar wagon but with four doors. As can be seen in the photograph below the Two-Ten has more conventional upright B and C posts than the Nomad and has partial hubcaps rather than full wheel trims. Inside it would also have been rather less well equipped in standard form than a Nomad, and more likely to be fitted with a straight 6 rather than a V8, It was also significantly cheaper to buy.

Looking at the models the printed badging is excellent as are the lights and the other printing. The Chevrolet badge and bonnet ornament are well captured. The ‘chrome’ line on the Nomad surrounding the front lights and carrying on to the front wings is in the correct place but is perhaps a little too broad.

The Two-Ten Handyman has body colour pillars which is entirely correct and the ‘chrome’ trim to the rear is again correct but slightly too heavy. However the trim on the front wing seems to be incorrect for this model. From the illustrations and photographs on the web the Two-Ten models did not have trim on the front wing. Maybe it was a dealer option or fitted to a restored car used by Greenlight when designing the model? I hope that it is not printed on in future releases. I would remove it, but its close proximity to the finely printed and correct Chevrolet script on the front wing means that it might risk damaging the script.

To the rear the tailgate of the Nomad has the characteristic vertical chrome strips as featured on the Motorama car and the small gold coloured Nomad badge on the tailgate. It also has the correct Bel-Air script and logo on the rear wings.

The Handyman, below, is plainer but features a nice badge on the tailgate. Both models have somewhat oversize tow bar units made to allow them to tow trailers like the ones from the Hitched Homes series. However to give Greenlight their due the tow bar at least tries to look like the real article rather than being modelled as a simple peg.

One missing feature on these models is registration plates which are absent front and back. Period correct plates would be nice even if they were supplied as decals so you could choose your state.

These models are reasonably priced in North America and are are very collectable especially as their competitors M2 and AutoWorld seem to be scaling back new castings in their 1:64 scale ranges at the current time.

Greenlight Estate Wagons Series Part One

By Maz Woolley

All text and photographs by, and copyright of, the Author unless otherwise stated.

Greenlight launched their 1:64 scale Estate Wagons Series in 2018 and have now made two releases. This article looks at two wagons from the first release, both Ford LTD Country Squire Wagons, one from 1979 and the other from 1985.

Ford had a Country Squire model in their range from 1950 to 1991 only adding the LTD part of the name in 1968 when a small plate with LTD on appeared on the bodywork. 1979 introduced the sixth generation of the Country Squire which lasted until 1991 at which point Ford discontinued production of the full size wagons in favour of the faster selling Explorer and SUVs.

The differences between the 1979 and 1985 models were limited to cosmetic changes , mainly to the front end so it is easy for Greenlight to ring the changes with a small separate plastic nose section and body printing. In fact even the final 1991 wagon looks like it could be replicated by Greenlight with a modified front panel. Production numbers were always small only 66,000 or so were made in 1979, more than half without the wood effect sides, and this had fallen to just over 30,000 in 1985, and under 4,000 in the last year of production. Engine choice was limited to a 4.9 and a 5.7 litre engine and all had automatic gearboxes.

Ford LTD Country Squire 1979

Ford LTD Country Squire 1985

The Greenlight 1979 car is in midnight blue and the 1985 car is in light wheat. They are both fitted with a tow bar so will presumably also appear as ‘hitch and tow’ cars later. The printed ‘wood effect’ sides are neatly done on both as are the excellent wheels and tyres. Flush fit glazing is good, though the inset glazing does have a slightly large gap on the sides and the silver printing on the plastic appears to be slightly fuzzy at the edges in close up pictures. Having said that you wouldn’t notice from normal distances and the flush glazing and the fine castings are excellent for a budget range.

Ford LTD Country Squire 1979

Ford LTD Country Squire 1985

The tailgate opens, though it takes a bit of a tug. It is neatly printed including ‘wood’ trim, badging and a number plate. Rear lights are printed but quite effective.

Ford LTD Country Squire 1979

Ford LTD Country Squire 1985

Front lights are printed in white and are a good contrast with the chrome surrounds. Grille units and large bumpers are also moulded well and ‘chromed’ with black finish printed where appropriate for the model year front and rear. There is no front number plate on either model. Unfortunately the paint finish on the front panel of the 1979 car has been spoilt a little by allowing the blue paint to overspray the silver printed grille on one side of its top. Indeed the paint is slightly transluscent so the chrome partly shines through even the overprinted areas. There are no problems with the finish of the front panel on the 1985 car.

The interior is modelled with the rear seat up in both cases. The carrying capacity with the seats up is massive, with the seats down they would be cavernous. The 1979 has a blue interior and the 1985 a light brown one. Both appear to be the same and the level of detail is low so the minor changes undertaken over time are not reflected. The door cards and dash board are modelled but without any fine detail.

Ford LTD Country Squire 1979

Ford LTD Country Squire 1985

Side printed ‘wooden’ panels are good with the slightly different different badging in each model year reflected properly. The roof racks are the same on each model and are neat plastic fittings and as the originals were hefty units the moulding does not look overscale.

Finally a word about quality. I have already pointed out a few minor issues but the biggest problem was that when the 1985 car was taken from its blister pack the front end dropped off. as shown above. It doesn’t look like this damage was done in transit as there is no evidence that the lugs ever existed on the front panel to fit into the main body. This is not difficult to remedy with a bit of glue but it suggest to me that quality control in whoever’s factory in China Greenlight use to produce these cars could be improved.

There are other cars in this series and i hope to show more of them in future articles.

Another Greenlight Grumman

By Maz Woolley

All text and photographs by, and copyright of, the Author unless otherwise stated.

Photo Attribution: Kristoferb at English Wikipedia [CC BY-SA 3.0 (]

The 1:64 scaleUS Mail Grumman from Greenlight was covered in a recent post which can be found here. The Grumman Long Life Vehicle (LLV)  was made only for postal services in the US and Canada. Based on a Chevy Blazer chassis it was made to meet the specific needs of local delivery and longevity with RHD to allow easy kerbside operation.. Whilst the US Mail took most of the production it was also operated by Canada Post (Postes Canada) in significant numbers. In 2010 Canada Post decided to replace them with Transit Connect vans.

The Greenlight model is essentially the same as the US Mail one except for the Canada Post livery which has been neatly tampo printed and which includes even the small operator contact details and of course all the bi-lingual branding.

Like the US version it comes with a postbox in the correct red colour for Canada. However, the shape of the box remains that of a typical US one and not the squarer Canadian kind.

The rear door opens and inside there is a generalised interior though it would look a little more convincing with a pile of parcels ready to deliver.

The rear lights are all printed on as is the vehicle identifier on the roof. The massive bumpers are well moulded and a nice dull colour.

The chunky look and impressive mirrors can be seen from every angle. All in all a nice model of a vehicle that was once a common site on Canadian roads.

Going on Vacation with Greenlight

By Maz Woolley

All text and photographs by, and copyright of, the Author unless otherwise stated.

Greenlight have expanded very quickly. US headquartered with all production in China they span multiple scales from 1:18 to 1:64 with a number of themed ranges. Much of their output is licensed products to tie-in with TV or Films but others are more general themes like ‘Blue Collar‘, Club V-Dub, Hitch and Tow, and Holiday Homes. Greenlight are now pushing to sell more products around the world with a strong presence at the Nuremberg Toyfair, their stand at the Nuremberg Toyfair this year is shown below.

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This article takes a look at a couple more new castings in the Hitched Homes range, and a new Volkswagen and teardrop trailer in the Hitch and Tow range.

1959 Holiday House 1:64

Holiday House trailer production started in 1959 in Oregon and was based on the standard US practice of aluminium panels fitted to a wooden frame. But although the build was conventional the appearance was space-age and very different to the other US trailers. By February 1960 production was in full swing. Though stylish and well made Holiday Homes were more expensive than most competitors and by 1962 production ceased.

Today the Holiday House styling has many followers and they are often re-built to preserve them as there is a strong classic trailer following in the US.

The Greenlight model shown is from the Hitched Homes Series 4 and is in the usual format with no interior or opening parts. Given the very detailed modelling and tampo printing the lack of an interior is not a major issue.

The trailer is in aluminium and white with a red accent line. In series five it turns up in aluminium and pink , and in series six it is the same as in series four but with a blue accent. Greenlight make sure every casting gets many re-colours.

The wheels are good as is the rear bumper which is a separate plastic part. The usual hitch arrangement is on the front with same gas bottles as well as the screw fitting you fit yourself to hold up the caravan when it is not hitched. As is now the usual case the screw is in a slot in the bubble pack and you have to fit it yourself.

The casting has lots of good surface mouldings to represent lights, extractors, utility panels and other features. All of this is complemented with neat printing. The door looks like it should open, but it doesn’t.

1971 Airstream Land Yacht Safari

Airstream Caravans are an iconic US brand. The polished aluminium streamlined shape dates back to the 1930s when the first were based on designs created by Hawley Bowlus, who had earlier overseen construction of Charles Lindbergh’s aircraft, the Spirit of St. Louis. Construction again followed the aluminium panel on a wooden frame format common in the US. A few models have been specially made for Europe where they have to be made much smaller to fit our narrower roads.

There is another aircraft connection as Airstream travel trailers are apparently commonly used to transport American officials around the world. The trailers are strapped down inside military cargo planes. The trailers feature leather seats, air conditioning and climate control, wood panelling, porcelain toilet, LED televisions, surround sound, and Blu-ray players.

Airstream travel trailers have many followers and for those who cannot afford a new one there is a thriving business in renovating older trailers and putting them back into service. The Land Yacht Safari modelled was the development of a model which had been around from at least the late 1950s.

The model is lower, and wider, than the Holiday House but longer. The shape is classic Americana like the Zippo lighter. Greenlight have caught the shape well and the separately fitted detailed extractors, the moulded access panels, riveting and other features are neat. The printed on lighting is good too . Tiny Land Yacht scripts appear on the side and the larger Airstream on the front and rear.

The rear bumper is an extension of the metal base plate and the hitch unit at the front extends for the front of this plate. Again the customer is left to fit the screw in the hitch unit. The Airstream Land Yacht features again in Hitched Homes series five where it is finished as an unrestored trailer.

My only quibble, and one quite easily fixed with a tub of enamel paint, is that the gas tanks are white. On the examples I have seen they are polished metal like the trailer itself. Looking at the base the pressures of turning out the product are obvious as one of the spun over rivets is scarcely there and part of the base is cut away where the device doing the spinning over clearly slipped. But as this is not seen I am not too concerned by it.

1961 Volkswagen Type 3 Squareback and Teardrop Trailer.

The Typ 3 Volkswagen saloon car arrived in 1961 with a 1500cc engine in the rear and was supposed to replace the Beetle. IN 1962 the Variant was launched. It later gained a 1600cc engine and a fast back TL version .

It seems that Greenlight may have mislabelled the model as a 1961 car as production in Europe only started in 1962 and Wikipedia suggests that the US did not start importing the Squareback until 1966. We know the model as the Variant in europe but in US it was called a Squareback and never used Variant Badging.

The car is well modelled with a large plastic roof rack with simulated wooden slats. Most glazing is flush with door windows open on bothe passnger and drivers sides. The interior is moulded black plastic with quite a bit of moulded in detail on the dashboard and door cards.

The wheels have neat domed caps with VW logo embedded but erratic silver finishing. Good fine plated bumpers are fitted and there are nicely printed rear lights with coloured paint over silver. An opening rear door is not too badly fitted and shows how much carrying space these cars had even with a rear mounted engine..

A ice number plate is printed on the rear with a lot of Volkswagen badging but the number plate is missing from the front where the clear plastic headlight lenses do not stand out and need some silver trim on side to look the part. The moulded and printed amber indicators are good as is the VW badge printed on the bonnet.sidelights

The teardrop trailer included in the set is new and has yet to appear in the Hitched Homes series perhaps because it is so small that it would seem poor value on its own. It first appeared in this set in Hitch and Tow series 14, and appears again towed by a Jeep CJ-5 in series 16 though with differently painted sides in green and white.

This type of trailer was often made by home builders and from kits in the past and there are many different types still available today. Basically it is a mix of plywood sides and aluminium panels on a steel chassis. The more deluxe models like this have a rear opening door which gives access to a storage space, or in this case storage a fitted ‘grille’. Inside the trailer is a flat floor with bedding entirely filling the space. Basically a tent you didn’t need to erect at each stop!

The Greenlight trailer has wood effect printed sides with an alloy effect roof and rear door panel. The lower section looks like painted wood panels and the wings and chassis are a single part metal unit.

Doors and windows are just printed on and the standard hitch screw fiiting seems huge on this model. The hub caps on the trailer have VW embossed on their centre.