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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