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Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Welly 1:43 and Hot Wheels 1:64 2012 Chevy Camaro ZL1




Every once in a while a car gets away from you, and one of those examples for me is the yellow version of the Hot Wheels 2012 Camaro ZL1.  This recolor in 2012 was only offered at Kroger's, and from where I live there are no Kroger's around, so I was out of luck.  Thankfully I obtained the yellow ZL1, but this time in a totally different fashion in terms of size and who makes it.




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The ZL1 was the big-daddy model of the Camaro line, and even with the Z28 close behind, it is still the predominant leader in the Camaro line.  So much that when the Camaro was redesigned in 2014 the ZL1 decided to stick with the older sheetmetal lines instead.  More than just a cosmetic enhancement, the ZL1 is powered by the supercharged 6.2L V8 that is borrowed from the ZR-1 Corvette; however there are some changes to the engine that makes it different from the ZR-1, including wet-sump oil system over a dry-sump.  The ZL1 produces 580 hp. and 556 Ib-ft. or torque through a six-speed manual with a stiff twin-clutch setup to survive the brutal power exchange!








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For more proper details, go with the Welly version of the Camaro ZL1.  Then again, it's better to go with the 1:43 pull-back over the 1:24 and i'll show you why.  Offered in three colors, the one to go with is the yellow that is striking and lacks the "Transformers" look that the other yellow Camaro's tend to do.  The front has a hood with a separate plastic inner piece with ZL1 badges, an aggressive black separate grille with detailed headlights (the halo rings are there, but not as visible as the 1:24 scale), gold bowtie in center, ZL1 badge offset to the left, and a larger lower grille with detailed vanes.  The side foglights and driving lights are cased in black but lack the added details of the silver lamps, so I added my own touch to make it look complete; it was a complex job but eventually I got it done.  The Welly shows off the proper length and width over the Hot Wheels version, with the smooth sides featuring exterior mirrors and those fabulous 5-spokes from the 1:24 version, and even has brake calipers behind the wheel though the calipers are not detailed and move with the wheels.  The frumpy back end is revised with a decklid rear spoiler, detailed taillights, ZL1 badge, and lower valence panel with quad exhaust.  It was not enough contrast, so I added silver to the reverse lamps in the bumper and to the quad exhaust tips below.





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As usual, the base gets the added touch of a silver Sharpie where the exhaust, suspension, and transmission get the most of the details.  Already the base features great details that mirror the 1:24 despite the pull-back motor interrupting the rear axle detailing.  Now the 1:24 offers detailed wheels with floating brake calipers, halo rings in the headlights, and an opening hood that shows the detailed supercharged V8 with the red engine cover, but otherwise is the same as the 1:43, and if that's not enough for you then look at the drabby interior.  As usual it's bland, all-black, no excitement, and not even Welly's fault!  Even my artistic abilities with the silver trim details were limited to the door handles, outer gauge rings, central air vents, pedals, steering wheel spokes and the shifter housing, the latter the largest visible detail trim in the interior.  A closer look reveals the detailed steering wheel, dash layout with central controls for the radio and HVAC, center console with shifter, and rear dash panel with integrated speakers.  The front seats look rather flat for a performance car with no bolstering, while the rear seat has central boxes to conceal the pull-back motor.  Again, it's not really exciting to look at and the 1:24 scale is not much better, either!





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Now to the Hot Wheels side with their version of the ZL1.  It was released in 2012 with two versions of the red: the standard one shown here and a special Auto Show version with detailed headlights and grille details, the latter details even shown up on a few standard red and blue recolors!  Unlike the Welly the Hot Wheels version has a body shape that is still based on the 2006 casting and is still well-off, with the rear-end rather flat and square.  The front gets a grille and headlights that are now part of the base, along with the lower bumper grille.  The hood has a metal casting scoop with stamped black details, with a stripe that stretches over the roof to the rear trunklid.  The sides have more angular detail than the Welly (then again it was hard to see those in the yellow color), while the rear has the usual spoiler, taillights, bowtie, and exhaust tips details.  The base shows off the drivetrain and exhaust components, while the interior has the usual details but while it still shares the 2006 Concept's interior the shifter is placed a bit too far back and the rear seats look small.  The 5-spoke wheels look great on this casting, and finally if you like that tasty Synergy Green on the real Camaro then go for the third recolor that offers a good copy of that color.

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Either way both of these Camaro ZL1's do a great job of showing off the aggressive looks and lines of the real car and in my opinion the best-looking version of the fifth-generation Camaro's.

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