1:64th Scale 1960 CHEVROLET STEEL Tilt Cab Single Axle Tractor by Neo Scale Models – Product Review

Do you remember when cab-overs ruled the roads?

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Chevrolet.
 
They made some awesome looking cab-overs back in the day.

The Real Chevy Steel Tilt Cab - Chevy Brochure
The Real Chevy Steel Tilt Cab from a Chevy Brochure

“And here’s another cab, but one you’ve been waiting for it. You know what? This one is a six foot steel tilt cab that tilts the right way. Watch no electric motor, no hydraulic pump. A torsion bar makes the manual tilt so simple, so easy and see the control island that doesn’t move. It stays put. So, there’s nothing to disconnect, nothing to get crimped or jam and look at the room inside, such comfort, and look at the view.”

Neo Scale Models

To pay homage to the vintage trucks Neo Scale Models has created a Chevrolet version resin model of the Chevy 80 Steel Tilt Cab truck with single axle and fifth wheel hitch.
 
This is the Neo Scale Models Chevy Tilt Cab truck. It is a 64th scale Chevrolet truck in a single axle configuration set up with a fifth wheel. It’s in a teal with white paint scheme, which was very common in those days. They loved two tone paint schemes. It sits on white steel wheels and it has a white front bumper and white grille.
 
This 64th scale Chevy truck comes mounted in a display case where it has a clear plastic lid and black plastic base. It also has a hardboard sleeve, and in the back of that sleeve, you can see it has a semblance of a mirror. So, you can sort of see the back of the truck while it’s in the package.

1:64th Scale 1960 Chevrolet Steel Tilt Cab Road Tractor in Package
1:64th Scale 1960 Chevrolet Steel Tilt Cab Road Tractor

However, if you want to take this out of the package, it just simply has two screws holding it to the base. And that’s what I’m going to do. I’m going to take it out and show it all off. Sliding it out of the sleeve. You can see that nice display case. So you can set this guy on your shelf, without it ever getting any dust on it.

In 1960 Chevrolet came out with a steel tilt cab in a 60, a 70 and an 80. The difference is the weight ratings. They had the same wheelbases. The 60 had a 19,500 pound gross vehicle weight rating while the 80, which is this one came with a 25,000 pound gross weight rating.
 
Also, the 60 had a standard inline six cylinder engine. Whereas the 80 had the standard engine of a Workmaster V8 that put out 230 horsepower. These were gasoline engines. They ran on gasoline engines the first year later on, they added a diesel option, but when they first came out, they were gasoline. Of course, in the fifties and into the sixties gasoline was actually still pretty common in all of your heavy duty trucks.

1:64th Scale 1960 Chevrolet Steel Tilt Cab Road Tractor
1:64th Scale 1960 Chevrolet Steel Tilt Cab Road Tractor

Now to get this guy off its base plate, it just takes two Phillips head screws, and you need a small Phillips head screwdriver to do it, but make sure you put pressure between the base plate and the frame. That way you don’t break any parts off any little detail parts, because many of those parts are small. They are resin parts, and I don’t want you to break any of them.
 
The 1:64th scale truck cab is resin, however, that frame is die-cast and that frame is very sturdy. It won’t bend or snap, like a resin frame would making this truck a very small limited run, but a durable model at the same time that will fit right in with your diecast trucks.
 
It has the 80 markings right there above that mirror bracket on the door and underneath the bar between the wind wing and the regular window. And it’s also got the Chevrolet badge right behind the door handle on the panel behind the door. Those two parts are photo etched parts.
 
The mirrors, the air horns, and the roof clearance lights are all resin parts. The wheels on this guy are steel white painted wheels made out of plastic. As you can see five-hole on the rear and six-holes up front. It has duals on the rear axle and the truck rides on a very nice vintage tread.

1:64th Scale 1960 Chevrolet Steel Tilt Cab Road Tractor
1:64th Scale 1960 Chevrolet Steel Tilt Cab Road Tractor

Turned over. You can see that tread very well.  Also, you can see the rear axle has a very nice differential detail and a drive shaft, connecting it to the transmission. It’s got spring suspension on the axles, which was standard back then. There’s a modest amount of under detail because mostly you don’t set this truck upside down. But it does have a very nice silver painted exhaust coming out on the left side of the truck.
 
Turning him to the back. You can see the mirrors up on top. You can see the ribs on the roof modeled very well. It’s got the nice detail just like the real one so the roof would not collapse. It’s got the roof clearance lights. It’s also got the dual air horn chime on the driver’s side.
 
Also, you can see it’s got a fifth wheel back there and that fifth wheel’s king pin is set up to haul vintage DCP, First Gear, or Top Shelf Replicas trailers.
 
It’s got a very nice design to its frame and it’s got very nice detail. It’s also got the round fuel tank. They also had a square fuel tank, but this one has the round fuel tank hanging on the passenger side only.

1:64th Scale 1960 Chevrolet Steel Tilt Cab Road Tractor
1:64th Scale 1960 Chevrolet Steel Tilt Cab Road Tractor

To the back, you can see the license plate, brake lights, and it’s got the two airlines and the electrical line to hook up to the truck. It’s also got a single small back windshield.

Also on the backside of the truck behind the cab, you can see the latch mechanism that holds the cab down. You can see a modest amount of engine detail, not a lot, but just enough to give you the idea that there’s an engine under the cab.

Turning it to the passenger side. It’s got basically the same details as on the driver’s side. It’s got that photoetched 80 badge on the door. And that says Chevrolet behind the door handle. It’s got door handles, mirrors, and it’s got the turn indicators there and they painted those turn indicators, amber or more accurate they are painted orange to simulate amber.

1:64th Scale 1960 Chevrolet Steel Tilt Cab Road Tractor
1:64th Scale 1960 Chevrolet Steel Tilt Cab Road Tractor

Turning it to the front, you’ll see it has that beautiful stamped steel grill replicated very accurately with the word Chevrolet tampoed on it. It’s got a white bumper with a license plate on it, and it’s got the photoetched Chevrolet Bowtie and two individual photoetched windshield wipers. And those windshield wipers are pretty fragile and easy to pop off the cab.
 
This model has vacuformed windows, which are super clear and gives you a much clearer view of the inside detail then the hard plastic windows we get on our die-cast models. The headlights are the dual headlight design. Later. This truck was offered with single round headlights, but this one has the dual headlights and it has individual jewel headlights in the bezel.
 
All in all, Neo did a great job with this truck. Inside the cab, I know it’s very hard to see, but it has a white steering wheel, a driver’s seat, a passenger seat, and a dashboard with a decent amount of detail on it. It’s also got the gear shift and the handbrake lever on the control island between the seats. Right behind the two seats, it’s got the little bench that was standard on these trucks, which kind of gave a little extra room back there for some storage as well as covering up the back of the engine.

Being a resin cab on diecast metal chassis design, the cab doesn’t tilt on this guy, but that’s okay because we got a few other vehicles that have tilting cabs. That way we can show off an engine being worked on. And let’s face it guys, most of us never opened the hoods anyway. We put these trucks out on our shelves and just look at them or you could just leave this guy in his display case. That way it never gets dusty.


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64th Scale 1960 Chevrolet Steel Tilt Cab Road Tractor with Top Shelf Replicas 40' Wilson Live Stock Trailer
1:64th Scale 1960 Chevrolet Steel Tilt Cab Road Tractor with Top Shelf Replicas 40′ Wilson Live Stock Trailer

Now to show you what it looks like with a trailer hooked up. I’ve got one of the Top Shelf Replica’s livestock trailers here. This trailer is a little bit later than the 1960 Chevy truck, because they made a 70s model trailer. However, it’s not a problem with this cab because Chevrolet offered this model cab well into the 1970s.
 
Doesn’t that look nice.
 
Neo Scale Models, Chevrolet 80 Steel Tilt Cab, single-axle road tractor in 1:64th Scale. With that Top Shelf Replica’s 40 foot vintage livestock trailer also in 1:64th Scale. The trailer DOES NOT come with the truck, but it does look nice hitched up to it.

Chevrolet Brochure Image of the Steel Tilt Cab
The Real Chevy Steel Tilt Cab from a Chevy Brochure

Do you remember when cab-overs ruled the roads?  State and Federal length laws made it necessary to shorten the cab as much as possible, so the cab-over became the highway standard until the 90s when changes came, and long hoods took over completely.  However, our big long hoods are pretty much only standard in North America and Australia.  The rest of the world still survives with Cab-Over-Engine trucks carrying the goods to industry and shops.

Toy Talk Approved

Guys, I can’t really say enough good things about these models that Neo is putting out.  I know it has a resin cab and thanks to another manufacturer making junk resin trucks you are against resin, but I wish you would reconsider.  Neo has solved all the problems the other maker saddled us with and is making quality durable replicas that will hold up better than your all diecast replicas will.

So go on and give this model a shot!  Its a tooling that won’t be run to death like the all diecast toolings have to be.
 
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Neo Scale Models makes limited production runs to add collectiblity to their models.  This collectability makes them fairly rare and only the most discerning of collectors will put them in their collection.  These are the collectors that want only value in their collection and if you’re one of them, go on and grab my FREE report on VALUING YOUR COLLECTION down at the link the below.

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Greenlight 1:64th Scale Diecast Mack Anthem Tractor Trailer USPS – United States Postal Service

Greenlight, they just keep making cool models. And today is kind of an exception.

This one is another 1/64th Scale Mack Anthem tractor trailer. Only this time it’s painted in white and livery for the United States Postal Service.

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Who didn’t enjoy the blog post on Matchbox Toys and the beginnings of our scale in the hobby? Just think about all those 64th scale models you have today and you can thank 3 men in England for starting the size models for us.

If you miss that post, go on find it in my blog or click here to watch the Lesney’s Matchbox Toys video on my YouTube Channel. I guarantee you’re going to enjoy it.

Greenlight Collectibles

Greenlight, they just keep making cool models. And today is kind of an exception.
 
This one is another 1/64th Scale Mack Anthem tractor trailer. Only this time it’s painted in white and livery for the United States Postal Service.

2019 Mack Anthem Tractor Trailer USPS in Package

What we’ve got here is a 2019 Mack Anthem with van trailer for the United States Postal Service – We deliver for you.
 
It’s got the Priority Mail Eagle on the front of the trailer and the we deliver for you painted on the backend of the trailer.
 
On the left side of the cab, it just has the red and blue striping. It does not say United States Postal Service on the driver’s side of the cab.

2019 Mack Anthem Tractor Trailer USPS Package

They did really nice United States Postal Service branded packaging for this guy too. On the back, you can see a little bit of history of the United States Postal Service. More than 240 years of service at the USPS.

  • The Post Office Department was established in 1775.
  • Zip codes began on July 1, 1963
  • In 1971 the Post Office Department became the United States Postal Service.
  • The USPS prints approximately 16.5 billion stamps annually.
  • The USPS processes and delivers nearly half of the world’s mail at 47%.
  • With over 200,000 vehicles, the USPS has one of the largest civilian fleets in the world.
  • The United States Postal Service receives no tax dollars for operating expenses and relies on the sale of postage products and services to fund its operations.
2019 Mack Anthem Tractor Trailer USPS Package

Now to review this guy, I’m going to go on and get him out of the box because it’s not in a sealed blister. Like the hang cards are. This one’s pretty easy to open. So, I’m gonna go on and open it up so you can really see this model.

2019 Mack Anthem Tractor Trailer USPS

Let’s set it out right here. That white is just striking on the Mack Anthem.
 
Let’s go on and start by reviewing the trailer first.
 
The trailer here, it features an all diecast construction with a plastic chassis underneath. The whole trailer and back doors are die-cast. It’s a very, very heavy trailer.
 
It has a trailer number on the front and basic detail of a trailer underneath. It’s got the kingpin, it’s got the fold down landing gear, and it’s got those European style bumpers. With one screw you can take those guys off.
 
It’s got the European style fenders over the rear wheels, which are a little harder to remove. It’s got a nice 10 hole pattern wheel that’s painted black and it’s got soft rubber tires on them. It’s also got a spare tire on it behind the tandems, which I’m not really sure why cause I’ve never seen a spare mounted back there, but maybe that’s the way they run them in Europe. I think I’d take that spare off, take these bumpers off and move the spare up where the bumpers are mounted. That’s just me.

2019 Mack Anthem Tractor Trailer USPS

It’s got the DOT markings down the side. It’s got a little silver stripe down the bottom and at the top. The roof of the trailer is painted white.
 
It’s got that “We Deliver For You” towards the rear of the trailer side and the USPS Priority Mail logo towards the front of the trailer side. It’s also got the lift point graphic for intermodal use. It has marker lights on it.
 
Turning this guy around, the bumper has sort of DOT striping. But it’s not quite right. It’s got European style, brake lights and turn signals. It’s got four door latches and the doors open revealing basically an empty box. It’s got woodgrain floor detailed molded into the plastic, even though it’s basically impossible to see because it’s a black trailer.
 
Turning it around, it has similar graphics on the right side.
 
The landing gear doesn’t go down quite far enough to set the trailer level. But that’s ok since we very rarely show them without the trailers hooked to the tractors.

2019 Mack Anthem Tractor Trailer USPS

Now on to the cab.  It’s got black painted wheels with a very nice tread detail on them, which is actually a different detail tread than it’s on the trailers. It’s an all white 1/64th scale truck cab with the red and blue striping painted from the edge of the sleeper down to the front edge of the door under the mirror.

It’s got silver paint on the mirrors. Chrome exhaust stack, chrome deck plate and quarter fenders. Chrome fuel tanks.

Underneath the cab has a black plastic chassis with suspension and axle detail. It’s also got driveshaft detail, which is pretty nice for this model.

Turning it to the front, you’ll see it’s got the Mack Bulldog hood ornament that Mack Trucks is famous for. That big Mack logo emblazoned right there and the grille has chrome accents. It has individual jewel style headlights with painted turn signals.

The mirrors are painted black.

2019 Mack Anthem Tractor Trailer USPS

Inside it’s got black seats and black interior
 
Turning it over to the other side, it says United States Postal Service on the passenger’s door and the stripes end at the back edge of the door. Good job on those graphics.
 
It’s got the turn signal right there on the mirror and it’s got the visor with the lights on the front. It’s also got that Mack Bulldog license plate hanging down right below the grille.


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2019 Mack Anthem Tractor Trailer USPS

Even with the graphics error on this USPS Truck, it’s still a nice piece that any Postal collector should have or any truck collector should have.

This United States Postal truck would look good at any truck stop layout or on any shelves with any truck collection. The United States Postal Service Mack Anthem semi-trailer with beautiful graphics and beautifully printed box by Greenlight Collectibles.

While this one is a good and sturdy model, the graphics on it are not quite up to standard for Greenlight, but at the price point, it will still make a nice piece sitting on your layout.

Monday, I’ve got another product review blog post coming and as promised it’s not going to be on a Greenlight product.

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MATCHBOX TOYS HISTORY – Lesney Products – England’s Toy Car Maker – Founders, Products, & Owners

Leslie Smith and Rodney Smith formed a partnership in England and on June 19, 1947 began a new company known as “Lesney Products.”

Lesney’s toys were packaged in a small cardboard box with a printed picture and name of the toy on the box top. Lesney’s small toy boxes so closely resembled a “match box” that they soon became known as “Match Box Toys” In 1953, “Matchbox” became the registered trademark for Lesney Products line of toys.

Matchbox, under Mattel’s ownership, continues today producing quality replicas of cars that would fit inside a “Matchbox” and other replicas!

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Who doesn’t like Matchbox model cars and trucks?

Did you know anything about the beginnings of the brand and basically the beginnings of our 64th scale hobby?

A Lesney Product

Leslie Smith and Rodney Smith formed a partnership in England and on June 19, 1947 began a new company known as “Lesney Products.” A composite of their first names, and the word “Products” was appropriate because they had not decided on what to manufacture. They decided to make pressure diecasting products for industrial use.

Leslie Smith & Rodney Smith
Leslie Smith & Rodney Smith

Joining the Lesney venture was John W. Odell. Odell contributed pressure diecasting knowledge.

John W. "Jack" Odell
John W. “Jack” Odell

The three became subcontractors for other industries and began producing small diecast components. Lesney originally started operations in a derelict pub in north London known as The Rifleman. (Below is the only known photo of “The Rifleman” before it was used by Lesney)

The Rifleman Pub
The Rifleman Pub

Later, as finances allowed, Lesney changed location several times before finally moving to a factory in Hackney where they became a staple in the local economy till the mid-80s.

Lesney "Matchbox" Toys Factory in Hackney, London, UK
Lesney “Matchbox” Toys Factory in Hackney, London, UK

Quickly the three founders of “Lesney Products” considered alternate products to make. They noticed the other small diecast firms were producing a few toys and the Lesney team began to make them as well. In 1948, the first of these toys was produced and sold locally in London to small shops. Lesney’s first toy was a large-scale Aveling Bedford diesel road roller.
 
Moving forward to 1952, Lesney was supplying toys to London’s Woolworth stores for the Christmas season.

F.W. Woolworth & Co. Ltd. Dime Stores
F.W. Woolworth & Co. Ltd. Dime Stores

By Christmas 1953, Lesney recognized that there was a real market for their toys. However, the company was not really interested in developing a sales force and marketing their toys for only a few months a year during the Christmas season. They turned, instead, to London’s system of agents who specialized in marketing. The company they contacted was Moko.
 
Moses Kohnstam, a German arrived in England in 1900. Kohnstam was very interested in toys and wanted to develop the toy industry. Therefore, he created a company he named Moko. Lesney selected Kohnstam’s Moko to market and distribute Lesney’s toys. Moko specialized in packaging storing, distributing, and provided some financial backing for many small toy manufacturers.
 
Seventeen other toys joined the Lesney line by the close of 1953. Mechanical animals, vehicles with wheels, horse-drawn items, and even a fishing novelty gadget were all tried before the success of wheeled vehicles eclipsed efforts in other directions.

During the Korean war between 1950 and 1952 only the tin “Jumbo the Elephant” toy was made by Lesney. This was because the British government restricted the use of zinc for diecasting toys. Toys, of course, were considered non-essential.

Lesney's Jumbo the Walking Elephant, Distributed by Moko
Lesney’s Jumbo the Walking Elephant, Distributed by Moko

In 1952 Odell designed a small brass steamroller for his daughter Anne to take to school and it proved to be a big hit with her friends.
 
This led Jack to designing smaller scale toys, roughly the size to fit in matchbox. In 1953 he developed, small scale versions of the previously produced Lesney toys. These smaller toys became the 1-75 series. The larger scale toys were slowly phased out by 1954.

Matchbox Series No. 1 - Green & Red Road Roller
Matchbox Series No. 1 – Green & Red Road Roller

Lesney’s green and red road roller toy ultimately became the first of the 1-75 miniature range starting the series in 1953. A dump truck and a cement mixer followed to complete the original three-model release that marked the starting point for the mass-market success of the 1-75 Matchbox series.

Matchbox Series No. 2 Dump Truck & Matchbox Series No. 3 Cement Mixer
Matchbox Series No. 2 Dump Truck & Matchbox Series No. 3 Cement Mixer

Once again marketing played a key role in making Lesney toys a huge success. In 1953, Richard Kohnstam became Moses Kohnstam’s successor, and was placed in charge of Moko. Richard was Moses’s son. Lesney Products and Richard Kohnstam entered into agreement whereby Moko would package and distribute the toys worldwide. Moko also put their name on some of the Lesney Products packages.

Matchbox Series Boxes

Lesney’s toys were packaged in a small cardboard box with a printed picture and name of the toy on the box top.  Lesney’s small toy boxes so closely resembled a “match box” that they soon became known as “Match Box Toys” In 1953, “Matchbox” became the registered trademark for Lesney Products line of toys.

Matchbox

Another change came to Lesney Products, in 1953 Rodney Smith moved to Australia leaving Leslie Smith and Jack Odell to manage the affairs of the company.

In 1954 Fred Bronner became the sole U.S. Importer of Matchbox toys. In 1964, Lesney Products (USA) was formed as a division of the English parent company when Lesney acquired the Fred Bronner Corporation. Fred Bronner became the first president of Lesney Product (USA).

During 1958, Leslie Smith realized Asia and Japan might provide a marketplace for toys. But Richard Kohnstam disagreed. Lesney Products realized they would have to go on their own marketing course. First Lesney had to end its agreement with Moko and by 1959, this agreement was concluded.

Then Lesney’s first marketing effort was to produce a catalog of toys. Followed soon after by the new Models of Yesteryear catalog.


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Lesney's Coronation Coach
Lesney’s Coronation Coach

Late in 1960, the Yesteryear collection was released composed of a, series of 66 significant historic vehicles. Lesney’s Coronation Coach ended the series with over one million sold. This marked Lesney’s greatest period of success.
 
1968 – Matchbox faced their biggest competition. The giant toy maker Mattel! Mattel introduced Hot Wheels cars in this year. If you remember Monogram was purchased by Mattel in 1968 as well. (If you missed that one, go back and find the post on my blog or click here to watch the video on Monogram) This gave Mattel access to some of Tom Daniel’s designs to use. While Monogram made 1/25th plastic kits, Hot Wheels remade them in a smaller scale close to 1/64th scale. Matchbox toys was at a huge disadvantage as consumers moved to Hot Wheels quickly and sales slowed for Matchbox.
 
As if Mattel was not enough competition, Lesney had to face another US based company, Johnny Lightning. Johnny Lightning entered the market in 1969 and Lesney was effectively shut out of the US marketplace.

Matchbox Superfast

Lesney’s response was creating the “Superfast” line in 1969. This line featured low Friction wheels on cars and trucks. Other series of models were tried. Some were very successful others only met with moderate success.

In the ’70s, Lesney began to reach out to its collectors much like AMT did. (If you missed how AMT marketed to consumers, go find my blog post on AMT or go watch my YouTube video on AMT here) Lesney sent representatives to collectors’ meets, and collectors’ clubs where they informally took a survey of collectors’ interests. Imagine that! What a novel idea. Ask your customers what they’re interested in. This resulted in a new “yesteryear collection.”
 
By the end of the 1970s Matchbox suffered in the same way as its British competitors and pretty much all toy makers. Consumer interest shifted to other things.
 
Lesney became bankrupt in June 1982 and went into receivership.  Universal Toys owned by David Yeh, acquired the Matchbox brand name, some tooling, molds, and other assets.
 
Jack Odell retained some toolings and continued the Matchbox yesteryear-like products under the brand name Lledo which is Odell’s last name in reverse.
 
Yeh reorganized the company and named it “Matchbox International Ltd.” In 1986 Yeh took Matchbox public with successful IPO.
 
Limited production continued in England through the mid-1980s. After that all production was moved to Macau.
 
It was during this period that Matchbox acquired the rights to the Dinky brand. The two largest diecast brands, Matchbox and Dinky, were united. Only Mattel’s Hot Wheels brand stood alone.
 
Universal Toys moved to China in April 1984 and the first Hong Kong-Shanghai joint venture toy company was created, called Shanghai Universal Toys Co., Ltd. In 1985 the word “China” was cast on the base of Matchbox toys since they were now a Chinese-based company.
 
In the late 80s Universal Toys was seeking a buyer for Matchbox. In May of 1992 Universal sold the Matchbox brand to Tyco Toys. Just 5 years later Tyco was bought out by Mattel, in 1997. Matchbox was united with its longtime rival Hot Wheels under the same roof, and “Matchbox International Ltd.” was terminated.

Matchbox Convoys Series Tesla Semi-Truck & Tesla Model S Sedan
Matchbox Convoys Series Tesla Semi-Truck & Tesla Model S Sedan

Matchbox, under Mattel’s ownership, continues today producing quality replicas of cars that would fit inside a “Matchbox” and other replicas!

Matchbox has created many great models that have gone on to be valuable collectibles.

I hope you enjoy your models and especially the Matchbox cars and trucks as they truly led the way to our 64th scale hobby of today!

Thanks for reading

I’m Logan “the 64th Gear Jammer” Skeele

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Greenlight Dually Drivers Series 4 – Six 1:64th Scale Diecast Dually Pickup Trucks – Product Review

Hey guys right here. Right now, I’ve got Dually Drivers Series 4, which is the latest release in the Dually Drivers series. It’s a set of six Dually pickups. Only this sets got more of a service tone to it.

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Today, I’m going to review another Greenlight set. I know, I know guys. I have been doing a lot of Greenlight reviews. But they’ve made so much product that I want to get done. So I’ve been cranking them out fast and I promise that I’ll get to other manufacturers very, very soon.

Greenlight Collectibles

Anyway, today what I’ve got for you is a set of Dually pickups by Greenlight Collectibles. It’s a set of six pickups that is sure to enhance your collection. It’s the Dually Drivers Series 4.

Greenlight Collectibles Dually Drivers

Hey guys right here. Right now, I’ve got Dually Drivers Series 4, which is the latest release in the Dually Drivers series. It’s a set of six Dually pickups. Only this sets got more of a service tone to it. It has three regular pickups in it, a Ram for Mopar, a plain Ram Harvest Edition and a Ford for a police department, but then the Chevys, they’re totally different.

Chevy Wrecker & Chevy Dump Truck
Chevy Wrecker & Chevy Dump Truck

The Chevy’s have the new dump bed, the utility bed with the new crane tooling, and it’s also got their new wrecker bed on the Chevy’s.

Greenlight Collectibles Dually Drivers Series 4 Set of 6
Greenlight Collectibles Dually Drivers Series 4 Set of 6

So, let’s go on and get started.

2016 Chevrolet Silverado 3500 Dually Crane Service Truck
2016 Chevrolet Silverado 3500 Dually Crane Service Truck

Let’s start here with the A version, which is a 2016 Chevrolet Silverado Dually 3500HD service bed with the crane on it. Now this is the way the service bed should have been so that you can actually go out and change those tires on the big trucks or on your farm equipment. This particular model is in white, which is pretty common for service trucks. It’s got painted steel wheels instead of chrome. On the front it’s got a chrome bumper and chrome grille with some painted detail. The Chevy Bowtie is right there. It has individual jewel headlights. The mirror caps on the front are chrome. Like they should be with the amber reflectors on them. On top of the cab. It’s got the roof lights and the satellite beacon for the satellite GPS and radio. On the sides it’s got running boards. Turning it to the back, you can also see lots of marker lights. It’s got the regular bumper hitch and the typical service bed, tiny tailgate, plus over there on that passenger side, it’s got that crane. That is the new tooling part for this piece. Isn’t that crane pretty cool?

2017 Chevrolet Silverado 3500 Dually Dump Truck
2017 Chevrolet Silverado 3500 Dually Dump Truck

Now for the B we have another Chevrolet 3500HD truck. Only this is a 2017 Chevy Silverado Dually with orange cab and features the brand new dump bed. The dump bed part is a new tooling, the utility style dump bed, which would be very common for landscapers and that kind of stuff to use. It also features the regular bumper pull hitch on the back. This one, also sports, painted steel wheels instead of chrome plated. It’s got running boards on each side, it’s got the roof lights up on the roof. It’s got the chrome grille. It’s got chrome bumpers. This one, instead of the yellow Chevy Bowtie actually has the black Bowtie option. And it has individual jewel headlights. The mirror caps are also chrome plated on this guy like the other one. That just gives a little extra sparkle. Turning it to the back, it has the tailgate that will open. Also that dump bed does dump, however, because of how far back it sticks over the axle, this would be kind of rough to actually dump with. It’s a light load, light duty dump truck. But landscapers, they use these all the time, so that’ll be all just fine.

2017 Ram 3500 Dually Pickup "MOPAR Off-Road Edition"
2017 Ram 3500 Dually Pickup “MOPAR Off-Road Edition”

Now for the C version, we change brands and we move over to a Ram Dually pickup. Now this one has the true dually bed on it instead of a flat bed or anything else. It’s just the regular dually pickup bed. It has chrome front and rear bumpers on it, and it has blazing graphics for Mopar. It is paint blue and black. It’s got the Cummins turbo diesel in it. It’s riding on black painted wheels. And it has Firestone tires. Turning the cab just a little bit, you can see the front chrome bumper, chrome grille with black painted detail. You can see the individual jewel style headlights, and this one has painted mirror caps. Up on the roof, it has the white lenses for the roof lights instead of the Amber. And it’s also got the satellite beacon on the roof. On the back windshield it’s actually got a Ram logo on the sliding window. It’s also got the big Ram logo emblazoned on the tailgate and 4×4 graphics. The regular bumper pull hitch is on the back, so you could hitch it up to those trailers. Another very nice piece by Greenlight.

2018 Chevrolet Silverado 3500 Dually Wrecker
2018 Chevrolet Silverado 3500 Dually Wrecker

Moving on to the D version. We go back to Chevrolet and we bring up the very first release of their wrecker. This Chevy Dually has the new wheel lift bed and the truck is in all black. Once again, it has silver painted wheels instead of chrome plated. It has running boards on each side. It has a clear led light bar on top of the posts. It has the winch, the hydraulic piston and the wheel lift, which folds down. It’s got regular mudflaps on the back. It has the backup light and the brake lights. It’s got the marker lights on the sides. The grille is chrome plated. It’s got individual jewel headlights. The bumper is chrome plated, and it’s got the black Chevy Bowtie in the grille, which is a great Chevy option. Especially if you buy a black vehicle. It has chrome mirror caps on the mirrors and it’s got a nice detailed interior behind tinted windows. A really nice piece to put on any collection. It would be great at a car dealership or a repair shop, or even set it up for a repo shop.

2018 Ram 3500 Big Horn Harvest Edition Dually Pickup
2018 Ram 3500 Big Horn Harvest Edition Dually Pickup

The E version takes us back to another Ram Dually. It brings us a 2018 Ram 3500 Big Horn Harvest Edition. This one is in Brilliant Black was silver two-tone. This one has chrome wheels instead of the painted wheels, like all the others have had so far. Towards the front, it’s got the chrome grille, chrome bumper, individual jewel headlights, and it’s got silver painted mirror caps. On the roof it’s also got the white lenses for the roof lights and the satellite radio antenna. The bed is a standard dually pickup bed. And it’s pretty nice detailed inside. The window glass is slightly tinted, and it’s got a decent interior in it. On the rear it has a bumper pull hitch and a chrome rear bumper. Also, that Ram logo is emblazoned right there on the center of the tailgate, along with the 4×4 graphics. This one also sports, the Cummins engine with the Cummins decal right there on the front quarter panels. Another great piece for this set.

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2019 Ford F-350 Dually Pickup "Fort Lauderdale, Florida Police Department Dive Rescue Team"
2019 Ford F-350 Dually Pickup “Fort Lauderdale, Florida Police Department Dive Rescue Team”

Last up, we have the F version and it is the only Ford Dually in this set, 2019 Ford F350 Lariat for the Fort Lauderdale Police Department Dive Rescue Team. And this one has a fiberglass cover over the bed, which is a new one for the duallys. It’s got Fort Lauderdale police graphics on it. It rides on chrome wheels. It’s got running boards and it’s got black painted mirrors on this guy. The grille is actually black. So are the front and rear bumpers, instead of chrome, cause police departments don’t usually buy that chrome. It’s got Super-Duty written right there on the front of the hood, and it’s got the Ford logo in the grille. Both headlights are jewel style headlights, and you can also see the running lights down in the bumper. On the roof of this one it has amber roof lights and the satellite radio antenna.  It does not have the darker tinted windows, but it has a nice black interior inside. Turning it to the back it says Fort Lauderdale Police on the tailgate, black bumper and standard regular bumper pull hitch to hitch up to well being Dive Rescue Team this would be pretty cool pulling one of the speed boats. And it’s got that fiberglass cover over the bed. Another really nice piece and the only Ford in Dually Drivers Series 4.

And there it is guys that is Dually Drivers Series 4 by Greenlight Collectibles. Six great diecast dually pickups that would really enhance your layout.

Toy Talk Approved

I totally approve of this set and have been very happy to put it in my collection and think it would make a very fine addition to your collection.

Wow. What a fabulous set that was. Greenlight really is raising the bar on the vehicles that populate our diorama’s and our collection shelves.

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Monogram Models History, The Kits, Tom Daniel, The Owners, Aurora, & The Merger – Revell-Monogram

Nothing says surf’s up like a garbage truck by Monogram…

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Nothing says surf’s up like a garbage truck.

Tom Daniel creator of most of Monograms automotive kits back in the 1970s, he created a custom zany garbage truck that you could take to the beach. This became one of his more popular kits along with the Paddy Wagon, Beer Wagon and Red Baron. More on Daniel later on in this, this blog post.

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Monogram Models

Monogram. It was founded in Chicago, Illinois, back in 1945 by two men. Those men were Jack Besser and Bob Reder. Monogram started off by making balsa wood model kits of ships and airplanes.

Jack Besser & Bob Reder Found Monogram Models

By 1954, the airplane lineup included the Speedee Built series, which were rubber band powered airplanes. Soon after the airplane kits, model kits of cars were created. The first one being a jet powered racer followed closely on those was model ships and the model ships included battleships, aircraft carriers, and cruisers

Monogram Speedee Bilt Aircraft Kits

Soon after the airplane kits, model kits of cars were created. The first one being a jet powered racer.

Monogram Jet Powered Racer

Followed closely on those was model ships and the model ships included battleships, aircraft carriers, and cruisers

Monogram Model Ship Kits

Monogram saw their competition starting to use plastic injection machines and plastic to create their model kits. Well, monogram not to be left out, decided to do the same thing and start using plastic with their model kits. And they did it for the same reason the other makers were changing.

Monogram Diecut Wood Battleship Missouri Model Kit

Die-cut wood parts for model kits survived from the forties all the way up until 1957. However, plastic model kits were really taking over the market rapidly at this time. And by 1954 monogram had produced their first all plastic model kit. Imagine creating all plastic model kits and marketing that way.

Monogram All Plastic Kits

Like AMT and all other manufacturer out there, they’re key to success is marketing. AMT had Budd “the Kat” Anderson. And from last Thursday’s email about AMT, I talked about where Budd went out to custom car shows and customizing model kit shows in order to market AMTs products. And this was very successful in selling AMT model kits.  If you missed that blog post, go back and find it or even better check out my video on AMT by clicking here.

Tom Daniel

Monogram, they had a star in a man named Tom Daniel. Tom Daniel created “Off the Sketchpad” articles, which were run in Rod & Custom magazine. “Off the sketchpad” was pictures of Daniel’s custom car designs. Monogram’s shop supervisor, a man named Roger Harney happened to read this magazine and see Daniel’s designs. He then went to Monogram management and got permission to get Daniel to design a new model kit for Monogram.

Monogram "Beer Wagon" Advertisement

Daniel’s first design was the Beer Wagon. It was soon followed up by Red Baron.

Monogram "Red Baron" Advertisement

Daniel’s designs were so successful that monogram commissioned Daniel to create over 75 more designs from 1968, all the way up to 1975. These included the Garbage Truck, the Paddy Wagon, and many other wildly designed kits. The wilder the Daniel’s design, the better the kits sold for Monogram.

Monogram "Paddy Wagon" Advertisement

His designs contributed to the rise of Monogram in the model kit industry and the profitability of Monogram.

Monogram "Garbage Truck" Advertisement

Tom Daniel’s most famous creation was the Munsters Koach. George Barris hired Tom Daniel in to design the coach. And he had a very short timeline in order to design and build it. George Barris is often credited with the design, but it was really Daniel who designed the coach. All George Barris did, was build the coach at Barris custom cars.

George Barris with the Munsters Koach

Interestingly enough, Monogram did not create a kit based on Daniel’s design for the Munsters Koach. Instead, the Munsters Koach came out in kit form by AMT. This was most likely due to the long standing licensing agreement that AMT had with Barris custom cars.

AMT Munster Koach Model Kit

The model making business had gone well for most of the model makers, but there was a shift in consumer interest in the 1970s, consumer interest shifted to other things, and that pulled the model builders away from the hobby.
 
Monogram was affected just like all the others. But Monogram’s quality of their kits and their choice of subject matter kept the company in business and kept them profitable.
 
When the company was bought by Mattel in 1968, custom car designs from Tom Daniel and other designers were now available in small scale and large scale. The small scale versions were Hot Wheels and made in diecast while the large scale ones were in plastic kit form by Monogram.

Mattel Buys Monogram

In the 1970s, Monogram marketed and leased their kits onto the international market to take the company worldwide.
 
Another model kit, manufacturer, Aurora who manufactured more “toy-like” model kits was failing in the 70s. So, in 1977, Monogram acquired the Aurora molds and began producing those model kits.
 
A side note, many of those Aurora molds were actually lost or damaged in a train derailment when they were being transported over to Monograms factory. But miraculously, a lot of those kits later on came out again.
 
Anyway, Tom Gannon, the former president of Monogram under the Mattel ownership, got a group of investors together and bought Monogram from Mattel in 1984 because Mattel wanted to sell it. This was short-lived though, because the investors changed their minds and Monogram went right back on the market.

Odyssey Partners Buys Monogram

Odyssey Partners purchased Monogram in 1986. A few months later, they also purchased the other model kit maker Revell, and they merged the two kit makers together form Revell-Monogram. They put Revell’s logo on top and out front because Revell had the bigger name at the time in the industry, even though Monogram was actually the profitable model kit maker.
 
In 1994, Hallmark Cards purchased Revell-Monogram. Yes, I did say Hallmark Cards. And Hallmark then moved Revell-Monogram into their Binney & Smith division. If you’ve never heard of Binney & Smith, you’ve probably still used their products because Binney & Smith owns the wildly popular brand name Crayola and makes Crayola crayons.

Alpha International Buys Monogram

In September of 2001 Binney & Smith completed the sale of Revell-Monogram off to Alpha International. Alpha International is a Cedar Rapids, Iowa based company that specialized in diecast and collectible products.
 
Just a short year later, Alpha sells Revell-Monogram off to Gearbox Toys also of Cedar Rapids.

Hobbico Buys Monogram

On May 2nd, 2007 Hobbico Inc. announced that they had acquired Revell-Monogram, LLC. It was at this time that the Monogram name was dropped.

It disappeared out of the logo. It disappeared from all the advertising and now Revell stood alone. Kind of a bummer for the fans of the Monogram name, but the Monogram name still belonged as a trademark and an asset at Hobbico inc. It just didn’t appear on any products anymore.

On June 30th, 2018, it was announced that Hobbico had filed for chapter seven bankruptcy and went into liquidation.

Revell and its associated trademarks, Revell-Monogram and Monogram were sold off to a German investment company called blitz during this liquidation. Blitz, based in Munich also bought Hobbico Germany. Blitz continues the Revell product lines today, but there is no word at all on whether or not they will ever bring back the Monogram name. I kind of doubt they ever will because it’s been so many years since Monogram has graced a product or an advertisement.

Blitz Buys Monogram

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Monogram, they’ve had a rich and colorful history. And they provided tons of enjoyment for millions and millions of fans worldwide. Their kits are still available on the secondary market today and often they fetch quite a sum of money.

So, go on and please cherish your Monogram kits.

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Down on the Farm Series 3 – Six 1:64th Scale Diecast Farm Tractors by Greenlight – Product Review

I’ve got another great set of six 1:64th scale farm tractors to review today. It’s the Greenlight Collectibles Down on the Farm Series 3.

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I’ve got another great set of six 1:64th scale farm tractors to review today.

Down on the Farm

It’s the Greenlight Collectibles Down on the Farm Series 3. This set features an all new tooling that’s never been done before. So I guarantee you’re going to need this set in your collection.

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What we’ve got here right now guys is Down on the Farm Series 3 by Greenlight. It’s another set of six farm tractors. And this one is all tractors this time.

Greenlight Down on the Farm Series 3
1947 Ford 8N Tractor with Canopy
1947 Ford 8N Tractor with Canopy

It starts out with the A version being this 1947 Ford 8N tractor. This is in a fully restored or a brand new off the showroom paint scheme of red and gray. It’s got the red wheels, gray rims all around with soft, rubber tires.
You can see the black steering wheel and black seat up there on the operator’s platform.
 
This version also has the four post ROPS and canopy. However, I really wouldn’t trust that ROPS in a rollover. It also would make it a little harder to open the hood because you have to unlatch that canopy from the hood to open it. It has nice engine detail with some extra paint on the engine to show off the parts. On the front, it has the bumper which was kind of an option on 8Ns back then, but it really adds to the detail of the model. And it’s also got the front Ford logo tampered on the front, as well, as on both sides of the hood.
 
On top of the hood, it’s got the black radiator cap and the fuel tank cap.
Turn it around to the back and you’ll see, it’s got the regular hitch, red belly, and clamshell fenders.
 
All in all a very nice piece. Great way to start out the set.

1972 Tractor with Dual Rear Wheels & Cab (Green/White)
1972 Tractor with Dual Rear Wheels & Cab (Green/White)

The B version is a 1972 tractor with dual rear wheels. This is the new tooling in the Down on the Farm Series 3 set. It is based on the Oliver G-1355, Minneapolis-Moline G-1355, and White 2270 tractors without graphics.  It’s painted in green and white. It also has a cab, an all-weather cab on this version.
 
You can see the green caps in the center of the wheels and they’re white wheels with silver rims. It’s got a very nice farm bar tread on the rear and a nice wide front tire actually.
 
You can see the white with black checkerboard front grill, and it’s got headlights on the front of the cab and it’s got marker lights on the top of the cab. It has the steps on the driver’s side only to go up to the cab.
 
You can also see the little detail of the air intake for the cab. It’s got window glass in it. Inside the cab it has a black seat, black steering wheel, and the rest of the operator’s platform is white.
 
It has a black exhaust stack and a green pre-cleaner on top of the hood.
 
Turning around to the back, it has the brake lights on the fenders. It’s got the place for your safety triangle, but it’s not there. It’s got a three point hitch and a hitch for the bale throw wagon from Down on the Farm Series 2. It’s also got dual rear wheels. You can see, they did a nice job on those tires.
 
Another great addition to this set. All in all. It’s a nice piece.

1973 Tractor (Red/White)
1973 Tractor (Red/White)

Next is the C version of the set and it is a 1973 tractor. You can see the base tooling is the same as that 72, but this one does not have a cab.  It has the fuel tank fenders instead. It also doesn’t have dual rear wheels.
 
This version is painted red. It’s an open station with a black steering wheel, black seat, black exhaust stack and red pre-cleaner.  It has red steps on the left side only.
 
It’s got red center caps on the white wheels that have the same nice bar tread on the tires. And it’s got the same white and black checkerboard front grille. In the fenders it has dual headlights.
 
Turning this guy to the back, it’s also got a three point hitch and you can see the brake lights there on the fenders. It has the regular hitch painted black that goes with their bale throw wagon.
 
Another great addition to this set.

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1974 Tractor with Dual Rear Wheels & Cab (Yellow/White)
1974 Tractor with Dual Rear Wheels & Cab (Yellow/White)

Next up is the D version. It is a 1974 tractor with cab and rear duals. They used this tooling three times, but they were able to get three different paint schemes out of it. This one here is painted yellow and it has the white cab. You can see the white wheels with yellow center caps and silver rims.
 
Inside, it’s got steering wheel and seat, which are painted black. It’s got a little graphic for the cab air intake, marker lights on top of the cab, a black exhaust stack, and yellow pre-cleaner. It’s also got the steps on the driver’s side only.
 
Turning it to the front, it’s got that same white and black checkerboard grille from the other two versions, and you can see the headlights there on the cab. There is also on this cab a windshield wiper and cab glass. The wiper is molded in and just tampoed black to make it look like it has a windshield wiper.
 
Turning it around, it’s also got that place for the safety triangle that’s not there. It has the brake lights, three point hitch and regular hitch for that bale throw wagon. And you can see the dual rear wheels on this one.
 
Another great addition.

1982 3088 Tractor with 4-Post ROPS & Canopy
1982 3088 Tractor with 4-Post ROPS & Canopy

Next is the E version. This is a 1982 tractor with four post ROPS and the canopy on top. It is painted in red and black to match the International tractor it is based on. It’s got black wheels with silver rims and real rubber tires. It’s got the steps to climb up into the operator’s center. It has a red seat and a black steering wheel in the operator’s compartment.
 
On the hood stripe, it says 3088. They’ve actually done this casting three times, but they haven’t used the same number twice yet.
 
It has the exhaust stack there on the hood and you can see that air intake on the hood for the radiator on the front. This tractor had a novel cooling air system, that pulled the cleaner air from on top of the hood and blew it out the front of the tractor.
 
You can see the two headlights in the front grille, lights on the base of the of the operators platform, and marker lights on the front of the canopy. Also it has front weights.
 
And turning it around, you can see on the back a three point hitch, the rear lights, and brake lights.
 
This one does not have cab glass because it doesn’t actually have a cab. It just has the four post Roll Over Protection System with a canopy on top.
 
Great little tooling right here.

1985 Ford 5610 with 2-Post ROPS
1985 Ford 5610 with 2-Post ROPS

And up last is the F version. Which is a 1985 Ford 5610 tractor with two post ROPS and canopy. This Ford tractor was painted white with some fancy graphics for the city of Houston.
 
Again, these were great City/County road department and state highway department tractors. They were very versatile tractors with a great power to size ratio.
 
You can see the stamped steel wheels on the rear with the rubber tires. The front wheels are painted white with soft rubber tires. The body on this one is painted white. It has a black seat and black steering wheel on the operators platform. It’s also got the black air intake and a silver muffler on the hood.
 
Turning it to the front, it’s got the headlights in the grille and it has the front counterweights. The ROPS is painted black and the canopy is painted white. It’s got white painted fenders. On the back, we see the three point hitch and regular hitch for like that bale throw wagon.
 
It has a nice farm bar tread tire on the rear and on the front it has a nice rib tire.
 
Another great little piece to round out and complete the Down on the Farm Series 3.

Down on the Farm Series 3 In Package
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And that is the 6 pieces in Down on the Farm Series 3 by Greenlight Collectibles.

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I totally approve of adding this set to our collections.  The detail beats the similar priced Ertl 1:64th Scale Farm Tractors.

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1:64th Scale UPS – United Parcel Service Feeder Truck – Mack Anthem Tractor Trailer by Greenlight

Today, I’m going to review a semi-truck by Greenlight Collectibles…

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Wasn’t that email on AMT cool? Just think about all those kits that they made and that had been built and the fact that they’re still being sought after today and still being made. Isn’t that cool?

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I’ll have to do a product review video sometime very soon on some of the AMT model kits that are still available today that are brand new releases.

Here is the evolution of the UPS trucks and their devotion to meeting customer demands and testing new technologies and fuel sources.

Evolution of UPS Trucks

The UPS fleet started in 1913 with a Model T Ford. It was simple, easy to maintain and very reliable.

Ford Model T UPS Package Cars

1933 saw their first test of electric vehicles in Manhattan.  Imagine that, electric vehicles way back in the 30s. UPS was always trying to find alternative fuels almost from the beginning to cut costs.

1934 brought in feeder trucks, more commonly known as tractor trailers to move higher volume of packages from city to city. UPS still calls them feeder trucks today as they “feed” the regional distribution centers.

Early UPS Feeder Truck

Booming demand for UPS services in 1956 brought on the iconic Double Trailers into the Feeder Truck operation to carry more packages per truck.

Modern UPS Feeder Truck

The ancestor of today’s Brown package trucks came out in 1965. When the UPS exclusively designed bubble nose package car hit the streets. This vehicle was a trademark of UPS for over two generations.

UPS Bubble Nose Package Car

Another alternative fuel test came in 1989 when UPS put their first compressed natural gas powered package trucks on the road. This test must have proven effective because UPS uses compressed natural gas powered package and feeder trucks today.

UPS Electric Trike Package Car

Yes. Folks that electric bike truck was real, and UPS has been testing its feasibility in Seattle.

2003 brings hybrid powered vehicles into the fleet making UPS the largest operator of alternative fueled vehicles in the industry.

Arrival UPS Electric Package Car

The Taylor Swift truck was a real joint promotion with UPS. And a rare move for them to advertise another company’s products on their vehicles.

To join into the LTL market, UPS purchased Overnite Transportation in 2005. This move brought UPS’s freight fleet to 6,792 vehicles.

Tesla Electric UPS Feeder Truck Artist Rendition

UPS is leading the way for more efficient, cleaner vehicles in their fleet. And to prove their dedication to advanced technologies UPS has placed the single largest order for Tesla’s all electric semi-truck. In 2017 UPS, pre-ordered 125 Tesla semi-tractors for test purposes in their fleet.

Today, I’m going to review a semi-truck. This one is by Greenlight Collectibles. I’ve got a 2019 Mack Anthem tractor trailer. This one is branded for UPS. It is in traditional UPS Brown and it has the silver feeder trailer color that their trailers are.

Greenlight Collectibles

This guy is going to be hard to show off and show all the detail while it’s in the box because this brown box is not showing off the model very well. I’m just going to go on and open it up. It’s also a lot easier than the other models that Greenlight makes because this one is not in a blister package that’s sealed together.

So, I’m going to go on and open this guy up for us.

As you can see it’s got a brown insert inside the box, which looks kind of cool, but makes that model very hard to see inside the box.

Then it sitting in this two piece plastic clam shell, which they didn’t even tape on this particular model, making it even easier to take out.

1:64th Scale UPS Mack Anthem Feeder Truck in Package by Greenlight Collectibles
1:64th Scale UPS Mack Anthem Feeder Truck by Greenlight Collectibles

Would you look at that? Ain’t that a nice piece?

Now let’s go on and review this whole thing. Start off by unhitching it. And do the trailer first.

The trailer rides on soft rubber tires on tandem axles. It’s got a spare tire here in the back. It’s got a decent highway tread on the tires.

Underneath, It’s got the kingpin and it’s got your ICC bumper on the back. It’s got sort of DOT markings, brake lights, and other marker lights. The doors do open on this trailer. I’m going to need a little screwdriver to get them open.

Not a lot of detail inside, but the doors do open. It’s got a smooth floor inside and typical model trailer interior, not a whole lot there. But this is an inexpensive model. So that’s to be expected. However, this trailer is very heavy because it’s actually all die-cast sides and roof.

You can see the European style bumpers. However, it looks like with just a screw, you could take those right off. It’s got fold down landing gear so that you can set the trailer off by itself. Over top of the tandem axles, it’s got European style fenders. Those would be harder to remove, but it’s still a very nice trailer. You can see the DOT striping down the side, and it’s got the lift point markings for lifting into intermodal use for this trailer.

The fancy UPS graphic right there. The front just shows kind of the standard way the front of a trailer would be. And that kingpin is in the European location for a trailer kingpin which is further back then we run them here in America.

Let’s set the trailer aside and it looks like the landing gear isn’t quite tall enough to set the trailer level, but that’s all right.

1:64th Scale UPS Mack Anthem Feeder Truck by Greenlight Collectibles

Now let’s move on to the tractor. It’s the Mack Anthem tooling that they have. It’s an all diecast cab with a plastic chassis. It’s got plastic wheels that are painted black, just like UPS runs. It has soft rubber tires and they have a very nice tread on them. This one is production number 510. It’s got two chrome fuel tanks.

You can see the transmission, driveshaft detail, and the rear axle suspension details. So they did the decent job underneath. It’s got chrome quarter fenders and a chrome deck plate, which is close as they probably run aluminum. It’s got the chrome exhaust stack on the back. It’s got Mack branded mud flaps, which UPS wouldn’t be running, but that’s all right. That’s probably a Mack licensing requirement and they’re made out of plastic.

It’s got silver paint on the mirrors. So they look like they’ve got mirrors and the rest of the mirror arm is black and it’s got a marker light on it. Just like the Anthem does.

The UPS logo is painted right there on the door. And this is a sleeper unit, which is not typical of UPS, but it’s the tooling that Greenlight has. And it’s possible that UPS has a few Brown ones in their fleet.

Turning it to the front, it’s got detailed windshield, and it’s got two black painted seats and the steering wheel inside. I don’t see anything in the sleeper, wait there’s a bunk in the sleeper. I can see it through that window. It’s got the visor with the roof clearance lights on it. It’s got individual jewel style headlights with the marker turn signals painted. It’s got Mack blazing right in the center of that grille. And it has a bulldog front license plate tampoed on the bumper. It’s got the bulldog hood ornament on the hood. And you can also see that the grille is chrome plated with some paint and the bumper is brown with those chrome points.

On the passenger side there is the little extra window so the driver can see better down beside him and toolbox and all the other same details.

This is actually a very nice tooling that they made. And for a UPS collector, this is a must have. For a diecast semi collector, Greenlight’s really stepping up the game in this price point and making some nice pieces.

And we’ll hitch you back up and take one last, look at it.

Isn’t that nice guys?

With the price point of these trucks, you can actually afford to buy several of them and set up an actual UPS yard on your layout.

Neat rig, huh?

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And there you have it. The Mack Anthem Feeder Truck for UPS – United Parcel Service by Greenlight Collectibles.

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S-D Trucks Series 8 in 1:64th Scale by Greenlight Collectibles – Mack & International Trucks – Product Review

They have really stepped up the game in this price point for trucks…

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Just like my Tuesday Blog Post, this isn’t Thursday. It’s really Friday. I know I set a pattern of putting out a new post every Thursday at 6:00 PM Eastern time. And now I’m throwing at you more posts on different days.

July 2020 Toy Talk Video Release Schedule

Well, there just isn’t enough days in one post per week in to get through all the product reviews that I want to review. So I’m adding two more days, Saturday and Tuesday, and these days are going to be dedicated to product reviews of all kinds of diecast and resin models. So go on and make sure to follow my blog to see all of my future product review posts and my informational posts.

S-D Trucks Series 8

Now this is second off-day product review and it’s going to be on a Greenlight Collectibles set. It’s the S-D trucks Series 8, which is a set of three heavy duty trucks in 1:64th Scale. Incidentally, S-D stands for Severe Duty.

S-D Trucks Series 8

Here we go. We’re going to start off with the first one, which is a 2018 International WorkStar tanker truck. The tank looks like it’s designed as a fuel oil tanker for delivery to homes. Although it’s got a regular 1203 hazmat placard on it for gasoline. It has Texaco graphics emblazoned on the tank. The body is black. The tank is black. It’s also got red fenders on the cab.
 
On the door, it’s got that WorkStar graphic and it’s got the Texaco logo on it. It’s got chrome wheels, chrome fuel tanks, chrome mirrors, and chrome exhaust stack on the passenger side, only.

2018 International WorkStar Tanker Truck "Texaco"
2018 International WorkStar Tanker Truck “Texaco”

It has a lift axle on the first axle and it is in the lifted position. It’s got mud flaps on the back and as we turn it towards the front, it has a chrome grille and a chrome front bumper. It’s also got painted, jewel style headlights in the front fenders.
 
On the grille, it’s got that beautiful International logo. Up on top of the cab, it has the five clearance lights. It rides on soft rubber tires with plastic wheels that are chrome plated. Turning it to the back, it has the ladders to climb up on top of the tank, where you can see it has the hatches to get into the tanks to fill them. It’s also got the bumper back there with the dot striping. It’s got hazmat placard. Along with that Texaco logo, it’s also got brake, backup lights, and clearance lights on the tank. The back door opens up to reveal even more detail inside. Which is the pump controls and the valve control levers and handles are all right behind that door.
 
This tanker is a very nice piece. The tank is plastic, but the cab is diecast.

2019 Mack Granite Cement Mixer Truck
2019 Mack Granite Cement Mixer Truck

Up next in this set, we have the B, which is this 2019 Mack Granite cement mixer truck. This is the second release of the cement truck for us. It’s all white and it’s got the Mack logo on the door and it’s got a bulldog on the hood because Mack just won’t make a truck without that bulldog hood ornament. It has a chrome visor up above the windshield. It’s got chrome air horns on the roof and a chrome exhaust stack on the passenger side. It’s also got chrome fuel tanks and a chrome water tank.
 
The wheels are plastic and chrome plated, and it’s got rubber tires on those wheels. Turning it towards the front, the grille is chrome plated and painted black to make it look really like the real Mack grille. It has individual jewel-style headlights. A nice little touch is the black that they painted on the edge of the fenders. It’s got its air tanks right back behind the fuel tank. It’s got the ladder going up the barrel.
 
The cement mixer barrel does rotate, the shoot however does not pivot at all on this model. Turning it to the back, it’s just got the fixed shoot. You can see Mack on the mud flaps and it’s got the clearance lights, brake lights, and backup lights.
 
This model has been missing in most of our collections is a good cement truck. Greenlight has finally given us one and being white, there’s plenty that we can do with customizing this guy.

2019 Mack LR Refuse Truck "New York City Department of Sanitation"
2019 Mack LR Refuse Truck “New York City Department of Sanitation”

And last up in this set. This is a set of three is the C and it is a 2019 Mack LR refuse truck for the New York City Department of Sanitation. It is painted white and it’s got NYC Department of Sanitation graphics on the body. It also says do not litter and it’s got a truck number and sanitation written on the trash body.
 
It rides on soft rubber tires and it has black and chrome rims on it. There’s parts of the rim that’s painted black. It’s got a chrome fuel tank. It’s got plenty of detail right behind the cab on all of the emissions systems for the engine. It’s got black painted mirrors on this one, and you can see the marker lights on the mirrors. It’s also got the correct DOT stripes down the side of the Heil Garbage Body.
 
Turning it to the front, you can see it’s got the Mack Bulldog hood ornament, the big Mack logo written right there, and the grille is painted in black. The headlights are painted on this one and are outlined in black and painted white. It’s got the windshield wipers molded into the windshield and painted black. On the roof detail, it’s got the clearance lights.
 
Now the arms actually pivot down and pivot out so that it could pick up a dumpster. It would be really nice if they made one to go with this truck.
 
Turning it to the back, it’s got the dot striping. It’s got it’s truck number, brake lights, turn signals, backup lights, marker lights and warning lights. It’s got Mack branded mudflaps, and on the bumper, you can see more dot striping.
 
Again, a very, very nice model that will be a great addition to your collection.

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And there you have it. That is the three trucks that go in S-D Trucks Series 8 by Greenlight Collectibles.

They have really stepped up the game in this price point for trucks.

Sweet 1:64th scale set, huh?

I totally approve of adding this set to our collections.  The detail is higher than expected for the price point.

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AMT MODEL KITS HISTORY, 1 to 1 Star Trek Movie Prop Galileo & Model Kits, & AMT Plastic Kits TODAY!

In 1948, a new model kit maker comes on the scene…

Captain’s log star date 2821.5.

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AMT designed to compete with Frog “Penguin” Varney Trains, and Revell. In 1948, a new model kit maker comes on the scene. Michigan attorney West Gallogly founded AMT or Aluminum Model Toys in 1948.

AMT Logo

His newly formed company followed the pattern of marketing that was set by Revell. AMT started casting aluminum promotional models for the Ford Motor Company.
 
Aluminum was easily obtainable in these postwar years and the castings were simple, but good. Ultimately though the castings cost a lot of money to make and painting these models cost even more money.
 
Like Revell, to lower the cost AMT turned to the plastic injection machines. The plastic injection, while it still used molds, were far less than expensive than die-cast molds. The plastic itself was much less expensive than aluminum or other metal alloys.

Like Revell colored plastic was used to avoid the painting process. One or two or more colors of plastic were okay, but the consumers wanted more. So, the solution to this was plastic model paint. This became a product that AMT would market for years.

AMTs All New Paint Rack

Another model kit manufacturer was started in 1956, a subsidiary of Detroit Plastic Products, SMP or Scale Model Products. Besides having a huge financial investment in a SMP, AMT hoped that SMP could entice the Chevrolet and Chrysler companies to join the promotional products market that is being used very successfully by Ford Motor Company.

SMP Logo

By 1957, AMT was searching for new products and new ways to market their products. In 1958, AMT added customizing parts to some of their lines of model car kits. This was in response to the older kids customizing their promotional models and the flywheel powered AMT toy cars. Also, in 1958 AMT began producing models in styrene plastic instead of the old cellulose acetate.
 
In 1958 AMT introduced the 3-in-1 Customizing Kit Series. This would be a wildly popular series for them that is even produced today. By 1961, AMT needed their own production facility, so a building was constructed in Troy, Michigan to house all their operations from design to production.
 
Marketing is the key to successful manufacturing. AMT had just that. From 1959 to 1964, AMT had a marketing guy, Budd “The Kat” Anderson. He traveled the country, attending car shows and model contest, where he created excitement over AMT’s products. Budd was known as “The Kat from AMT” and became the first true celebrity of car modeling.

Budd "the Kat" Anderson
Budd “the Kat” Anderson

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1960s through the 1970s, AMT produced all forms of model kits, including one-to-one models for the film and TV industry. They were building full-size props for your favorite TV shows and movies.
 
Based in Phoenix, Arizona, AMT established its “Speed & Custom Division” in 1965. The division’s goal was to produce one-to-one custom vehicles for the film and TV industry. In other words, full-size props.
 
AMT with the Marbon Chemicals Company, developed the idea of turning the Marbon plastic bodied CRV (Cycolac Research Vehicle) into a real full-size one-to-one model kit known as the Piranha, that consumers could buy and assemble. What a cool concept of full-size kit. A custom Piranha spy car was created for the TV show, “The Man from U.N.C.L.E.”

The Piranha Spy Car from the TV Show "The Man from U.N.C.L.E."

By 1966, the companies were constructing on camera models for the new TV series “Star Trek.” This led to an agreement with AMT to produce model kits based on the show. The license has proven to be one of the biggest, best and longest lasting licenses in model kit history for TV shows and movies. To show how long lasting it is, “Star Trek” model kits are still being produced today by AMT.

Besides “Star Trek” they produced models of cars, trucks, military equipment, aircraft, and even the 1:1 models for the film and TV series, they built the shuttle craft Galileo for the original “Star Trek” TV series for use in the show. It was used with the starship Enterprise. And it was the full size 1:1 scale prop that you see in the TV series.

Full-size Star Trek U.S.S. Enterprise Shuttle Craft Galileo from the Original Star Trek Series
Full-size Star Trek U.S.S. Enterprise Shuttle Craft Galileo from the Original Star Trek Series

As a side note, the shuttle craft Galileo still exists today and it can be seen at NASA’s Johnson Space Center official visitor’s center in Houston, Texas. It is located inside Space Center Houston’s Zero-G Diner.

Shuttle Craft Galileo in Space Center Houston's Zero-G Diner
Shuttle Craft Galileo in Space Center Houston’s Zero-G Diner

Big changes were ahead for AMT. In 1979, AMT was sold to Lesney’s Matchbox Toys. Lesney moved production from Troy, Michigan to Baltimore, Maryland where it would remain until 1996.

The next big change came when the Ertl Company of Dyersville, Iowa bought the AMT company in 1982. A couple of years later, Ertl acquired the MPC model kits company through another acquisition.

1999 saw Ertl bought up by Racing Champions corporation and it then became RC2.

In 2008, Tom Lowe’s new company, Round 2, LLC, acquired Polar Lights and the historic model kit brands AMT and MPC. At first, the brands were only obtained via a licensing agreement where they got the brands and the tooling. Then shortly thereafter, they were able to acquire the tools outright.

The Japanese company Tomy, who bought Ertl in 2011, sold the AMT and MPC product lines in 2012 to Round 2, LLC.

AMT Corporate Ownership Throughout The Ages

Round 2 is currently remaking and marketing many of the iconic plastic model kits, as well as making new model kit toolings. Round 2 has produced licensed kits of the Batmobile along with model kits of cars and semi-trucks just to name a few of the model kits that they are reproducing.

AMT Model Kits Still Available Today
AMT Model Kits Still Available Today

Tom Lowe’s Round 2, LLC is taking good care of the historic AMT brand. Round 2 maintains the famous model kits level of accuracy and has implemented upgrades to the existing molds where needed.
 
Round 2 is leading model kits boldly into the future with AMT.

Round 2 LLC Logo

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Down on the Farm Series 2 in 1:64th Scale by Greenlight Collectibles – Product Review

By now, I’m sure all of you have heard that Greenlight has come out with farm equipment and they jumped in headfirst…

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No, you don’t need to go and check your calendar today really is Saturday. It’s not Thursday. And I bet you’re wondering why I’m putting up a video on Saturday. Well, I’m going to start a new feature here at Toy Talk and that is product reviews.

July 2020 Release Schedule

I’m going to put up a video on Saturdays and Tuesdays, and these two days are going to be dedicated to product reviews of all things diecast and resin. We’re talking about reviewing models of cars, trucks, construction, airplanes and farm equipment. And pretty much anything else, resin or diecast.

I’m leaving Thursdays to be the more informational videos. That’s where we’re going to talk about the histories of the model manufacturers, model making techniques and other related content of that type. So Thursdays will still be pretty much the way they are. I’m just adding product reviews on Saturdays and Tuesdays.

So now without further ado, let’s go on and get to our first product review.

It’s a set of six farm equipment pieces by Greenlight.

Down on the Farm Logo

By now, I’m sure all of you have heard that Greenlight has come out with farm equipment and they jumped in headfirst by making all new toolings of stuff that hadn’t been done before. They did a great job making items with lots of detail. And at a good price point.

Down on the Farm Series 2 Set of 6

Hey guys, what I’ve got here is the Down on the Farm Series 2, the complete set of six farm tractors. Well, this series actually only has five tractors, and it has Greenlight’s first implement they’ve ever made. Now this set is pretty cool. It has two versions of the Ford 8N casting, two versions of the Ford 5610 casting. It has their brand new implement and it has one version of the 3488 tractor.
 
Let’s start off reviewing these guys. We’ll start off here with the first one in the series letter, A, it’s a 1948 Ford 8N tractor.

1948 Ford 8N Tractor

This one has the red belly with the gray hood and fenders, and gray wheels. This one here actually features a weathered paint scheme. It looks like it’s been out in the field. It’s a little rusty. It is a little dirty.  On the front, you can see that a bumper right there. It’s got the headlights hanging on the side of the grille. Up top you can see more detail. On the back, it has a hitch that’ll hitch to a 64 scale implement. It’s got narrow rubber tires, just like the real Ford 8N and it has clamshell fenders.
 
Pretty nice detail on this casting and really nice on the extra parts they put on it. The Ford logos right there on the sides of the hood and on the front. The seat is painted black, the tires are black with a weathered look to them. The rims look like they’ve been around the block a bit. They did a pretty nice job on this particular model.

1949 Ford 8N Tractor

Now we’ll go on and do the B it’s another Ford 8N this time though, it’s a 1949 8N however, it’s painted in 2N and 9N dark gray, but this one is cool because it has the four posts ROPS and canopy. I don’t know that I would ever trust that particular ROPS to hold the tractor up, but it did provide shade for the driver. A note about it is that would be inconvenient because you’d have to unmount it every time you open the hood, cause it’s mounted to the sides of the hood. The casting itself features the same details as the other version. It’s got a hitch on the back, a black seat, black rubber tires, gray rims, and nice detail under the hood. It’s got the little bumper on the front and it’s also got the Ford graphics on the side. The steering wheel is there. This is a very nice piece. A great addition to the set.

1984 Ford 5610 Tractor

Next up. We have the C, which is a Ford 5610 Tractor. It is a 1984 in traditional Ford blue and white paint scheme. It has the white and blue striping for the Ford graphics on it, so this is an earlier 5610. It has the stamp steel wheels. You can see it has rubber tires. This one has a three point hitch on the back and it’s also got that nice all weather cab on it. You can see the marker lights are there. It’s got a seat inside. It’s got a steering wheel inside and steps on the driver’s side, going up to the door. The fuel tank under the cab as well. It’s also got steps on the passenger side. It’s got an air cleaner on the hood and a black grille. It’s got front mounted weights and there is an exhaust stack painted silver. Also, front detail on the windshield, you can see a molded in windshield wiper, and then there’s headlights on the top of the cab pointing forward and more marker lights on the side.
 
The 5610 was one of the most popular tractors that Ford had at the time. It was an incredibly versatile tractor. It’s amazing that it took Greenlight to be the first one to make a 5610 model for us collectors. This is surely a great addition to this set.

1986 Ford 5610 – Ohio DOT

Now we’re going to move on to the D piece, which is another version of the 5610. This Ford tractor is painted in industrial yellow for the Ohio DOT. Many States used these 5610s like Ohio and Kentucky. They used them for highway maintenance and mowing because it was a great little versatile tractor. They weren’t big and they weren’t too small, and they had plenty of power for their size.
 
This one does not feature a cab, but it has the two post ROPS and a canopy on it. And this canopy is painted blue, even though at the time Ford canopies were actually white, but that might be because the O-DOT had it. It features the black seat, black steering wheel, and black 2-post ROPS. Now that ROPS was actually designed to hold the tractor if it did flip over. So you’d be pretty well protected with it. It’s got the fenders and a rear hitch and three point hitch as well. You can see plenty of engine detail there, and it’s got the same air cleaner and silver exhaust stack. This one’s got the headlights down inside the grill, unlike the one with the cab, because it didn’t have lights on the cab. It’s also got those front suitcase weights hanging in there.
 
Another great addition to this set. Wouldn’t this look great sitting on your layout, doing highway maintenance? Very common back in the eighties.

1982 International 3488 Tractor

Next up. Let’s do the E piece in this set, which is a 1982 tractor. The striping on the hood says 3488. It looks like a based on an 88 series International tractor, even though it does not say International anywhere on it. This version has the cab with window glass. On the front of the cab, you can see the windshield wiper and also up there, you can see the front marker lights. Also the lower light down on the cab front. It’s got the two headlights and then it’s got that traditional straight pipe right up through the hood. The wheels on this one are white as the IHs would have been. It looks like it’s IH red. This particular version has duals on the rear. It’s also got a three point hitch along with a regular hitch. The back of the cab features the brake lights and other lights pointing backwards as well. Inside the cab, you can see the steering wheel and it has a seat and they’re painted black with a black interior.
 
Another great piece. This one here, it’s a shame, it doesn’t have company name, but I understand why. It’ll still look really great sitting in your collection. Up on top of the hood you can actually see that’s where the cooling air intake was on these tractors. It sucked the air through the hood down and blew it out the front of the tractor. Kind of a novel concept in engine cooling because it took the cleaner air from above and blew the dirty air out rather than sucking the dirty air from in front of the tractor.

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Bale Throw Wagon

Now let’s get the very last piece, the F, which is Greenlight’s very first implement they’ve ever made. It’s a bale throw wagon in a dark blue. It’s a diecast frame around it and diecast bed. It’s got rubber tires on white wheels, and those are actually pretty heavy duty wheels for this wagon. Well then again, hay is pretty heavy, so you need a good, good wheel and tire on it. It’s got reflector markers on the back. It’s flared out a little at the top. It’s got a pin which will fit with any of the Greenlight tractors, or I would imagine that’ll fit with any Ertl tractor too, or the SpecCast tractors for that matter, because it is small, but this would even hitch up to the Ertl Authentics, which is hard to find an implement the hitch to them. In the front, you can see the open space where the bales would be thrown right on in. The deck is simulated wood grain out and painted Brown. It’s a very, very nice wagon.
 
For all those haying operations out there, this would be great sitting out in the field or in the barn.

And there you have it folks, that is GreenLight’s Down on the Farm Series 2. Wasn’t that cool? Greenlight really did an amazing job on these pieces. Now those farm tractors are in 1:64th scale. That means that they’re one inch for every 64 inches of the real item.
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