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Saturday, January 9, 2016

1969 Camaro's, part 3: Greenlight 1:43 1969 Yenko Camaro




We interrupt the usual M2 Machines 1:24 scale Camaro line for this new Greenlight 1:43 casting for the Fast and Furious line.  It's the first use of the Greenlight 1969 Camaro casting and one nicely-done Yenko Camaro to boot.




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The Yenko line was started by Don Yenko to give the rather plain-looking COPO Camaro's from the factory into something more special that include special badging and mag wheels.  The modifications also include front disc brakes, Z28 anti-sway bar, 4.10 positraction rear axle with heat treated axle shafts, and a 4-core radiator.  201 cars were made in 1969.  This blue version, used in the "2Fast2Furious" movie, is actually a one-off custom build made by YearOne for the movie to preserve the rest of the 201 cars from damage that this one would suffer.  The light blue paint is awesome and really makes this car pop out.  Unlike the RC2 1:64 casting that I used to have this one has the correct stance and sits on the correct Mag wheels.  The front-end has the black eggcrate grille with round headlights, chrome bumper, foglights, lower spoiler, and YearOne plate.  The cowl hood has the sYc stripe with hood pins that could use a touch of silver and detailed wiper blades in chrome.




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The sides have the Yenko stripes, Camaro badges, and chrome trim.  The rear has the rear spoiler, detailed taillights, Yenko badge on the valence panel, Florida license plate, dual exhausts sticking out, and reverse lamps that are really not needed as they are also on the taillights.  The interior has the same Camaro dashboard design, bucket seats, and door panel details, but has sYc on the headrests on the front seats, 3-spoke steering wheel, and decals for the wood trim on the dashboard and center console.  Once again for some reason the shifter still remains on the steering column despite the proper floor shifter.  The base shows off good details, but could use some details over the front and rear axles.




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Finally, the best price is a price reduction: When I got the 1970 Chevelle SS from the Fast and Furious line I paid $20 dollars for a not-so-great casting with poor quality, then paid $12 and discounted $8 for the Jeep Wrangler Polar editions.  Now the price for the Fast and Furious line has been properly adjusted to $14.99, or $16.99 when I got mines at an online retailer this time around.  Still high, but now much closer to the Jeep's and that's where it should be given the lack of opening features, yet still some great details.  The flashy look of this Yenko Camaro will be a favorite for me and one in the Greenlight 1:43 scale line that will be hard to beat.



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