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Saturday, January 9, 2016

1969 Camaro's part 1: M2 Machines 1:24 1969 Camaro RS/SS 327




Here's the first of four parts looking at four different versions of the 1969 Chevy Camaro's, one of my most favorite Camaro model years.  I've seen many replica's, reviewed a few here, and I must admit these four are so far my favorites.  Three of them come from M2 Machines, known for making different features for each of their casting's releases, and the three that I have show some of that.  Now M2 tends to not do a correct evaluation on these Camaro's as you'll see on the first two, but these uniqueness adds value to these models.  This black Camaro was my first M2 1:24 scale model, and since then i've been accustomed to appreciating the 1:24 scale line from M2 more often.



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Who could not pass this black beauty of a car that has the RS/SS package, no rear spoiler that is common on most '69 Camaro replica's, and features one of my favorite features on the Camaro: the louvered headlight covers on the RS models. The egg-crate grille has the SS logo, unique push bumper pads on the bumper, signal lights, foglights, and 1969 plate just below the front bumper.  The white stripe that wraps around the front fenders peaks up toward the windshield in a fashion I have never seen on a 1969 Camaro before.  The sides show off a clean look with silver trim around the wheelwells, Rally Sport logo on the front fenders, rear fender vents, and Rallye wheels on redline tires.; one of the weakness on M2's 1:24 line is the wheels as they are attached by a screw to the axle.  Sometimes that hole is not bored out enough to fully tighten the screw, causing the wheel to wobble and look crooked in the box.  If you see something like this remember there is nothing wrong with the wheel, it's just the way the screw has not been fully tighten to the axle.



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The rear end lacks a rear spoiler, taillights with a horizontal bar that makes the whole rear end look like a 1967-1969 Pontiac Firebird rear end, chrome bumper with bumper pads, and reverse lamps just below the bumper.  The interior has front buckets and a rear bench seat with white padding inserts that look like the cloth seats from the 1969 Pace Car package.  The door panels have chrome grab handles and crank windows.  The dashboard has two-spoke steering wheel with wood trim, speedometer to the left, tachometer to the right, and a clock in the center for the gauge cluster; wood trim on the lower portion of the dashboard; a center radio with a cool auxiliary aftermarket gauge package just below the radiator, and a chrome grab handle for the passenger.  The nifty part is the column shifter for the automatic transmission; then again the three pedal setup still remains, as is the manual transmission case underneath.  The trunk opens up to, really, not much.



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Open the hood to reveal the 327 CID V8 that produces 275 hp. through a 3-speed automatic.  The chrome air cleaner has the 327 badge, the 3-D engine block is orange, the valve covers silver, the hose and drive belt system well-detailed; gold brake master cylinder; and front engine area with detailed radiator grille with diagonal fender support mounts.  the base shows the lower engine and transmission details in orange, silver driveshaft and pinion housing for the rear axle differential, dual exhaust system, silver fuel tank, and detailed front control arms and rear live axle.



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The casting looks great, the details very sharp, the look very clean and sleek, and has unique details despite the incorrect transmission placement and wobbly rear wheel.



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