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Great model for a great price.

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Picked this up off of First Gears website for $24 plus shipping. Says it's 1/25 but it matches up really darn close with FM's 1/24 '70. 
I will BMF the trim but I also had to do that on the FM Chevelle. It is also very well detailed. 
This will become a Yenko Chevelle when I'm done with it. I'll get the stripe kit from Keith Marks and the photo-etch set from MCG, 
a little extra detailing and it should be Mint worthy LOL. And they did a way better job than DM did one the body. JMHO though.

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That's not a bad looking diecast. Thanks for sharing!

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Based on Chevrolet's published dimensions for the 1969 Chevelle, First Gear's replica is indeed 1/25th scale.  I have several of these models and while excellent in most respects, the car is in *serious* need of a ride-height adjustment.  The stance is fine but it's too high overall.  Corporate logos can be removed from the windows of promo editions by gentle sanding and polishing with Novus or Bare Metal Compound.  Here's two Fathom Green versions, one of them tuned up via a set of Fred Cady side stripes......

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Thanks Roger, FM's model must be on the small side then. those green ones look great.

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That's a possibility, Geno.  Here's the First Gear model (Big O Tire promo in Hugger Orange) apposed with Danbury Mint's Grecian Green '68 coupe.  The cars are aligned at the rear bumper.  The DM is roughly 3/16" longer.

 

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Thanks Roger, I think it still fits in great with the 1/24 models, it's so close most folks would never know LOL. I did switch out the antenna on mine with an insect pin, they make great antennas. I never got any of the DM versions because of the rear side windows. It just turned me off. FM also done a much better job on their '69 Chevelle. I love that Hugger Orange version. Super sweet. I'd love to find one in that color. That's how I aligned mine for my pic was from the rear bumpers. they're almost spot on length wise. I can't wait to get it converted to the Yenko. Again, thanks for the great pics and for the info to remove the tampos. Blessings, Geno.

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I was never totally at peace with either DM's or FM's 68/69 Chevelles even though I bought multiples of both (go figure!).  From my vantage it looks like Danbury wins the nod from the front bumper to the A pillar but Franklin's back end carries the day.  Franklin's wheels are also superior to those from Danbury, being fully plated with dark recess painting and better looking depictions of the trim rings.  I have a quartet of the FM wheels (with Polyglas RWL tires) that I hope to someday swap onto my Butternut Yellow '69 DM.  Regardless, I still think the First Gear rendition is superior to both.  I have a NAPA promo version that I one day intend to repaint in LeMans Blue.  I've already stripped off the yellow corporate stripes from the hood and deck lid and added a black vinyl roof.  It'll make a nice companion for my First Gear Z28 in Marina Blue......

 

 

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To my eye, the First Gear Chevelle looks much better than the Danbury Mint. DM really screwed up the roof/window silhouette, same as Testor did with that cheap diecast kit they were peddling a decade ago. I ended up Dremeling and filing the window openings to a more accurate shape, at which point I had a (barely) acceptable '68 Chevelle to put on my shelf.

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+1!  First Gear picks up the slack where a lot of the "big guns" have totally fumbled the ball.  Their '69 Z28 Camaro, like their Chevelle, is simply superb.  The only egg they've laid so far (that I've found) was their '69 Charger.  That thing was hopelessly hosed.  For the big Dodge B body I settled on Revell's "Bullitt" model.  I wasn't interested in a movie car so I built it as a fully-dressed R/T with red graphics around the back end, Magnum 500 wheels, and tampo'd AMT Polyglas GT's......

 

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+1!  First Gear picks up the slack where a lot of the "big guns" have totally fumbled the ball.  Their '69 Z28 Camaro, like their Chevelle, is simply superb.  The only egg they've laid so far (that I've found) was their '69 Charger.  That thing was hopelessly hosed.  For the big Dodge B body I settled on Revell's "Bullitt" model.  I wasn't interested in a movie car so I built it as a fully-dressed R/T with red graphics around the back end, Magnum 500 wheels, and tampo'd AMT Polyglas GT's......

 

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I built that kit and the only thing I didn't like about it is, the grille appears much too shallow. I meant to order a couple repro MPC grilles from Modelhaus and forgot it on my last order until seconds after I hit SEND. I immediately got back on and the website was closed. Ah shucks oh well.

Meanwhile, you guys are killin' me with that '69 Chevelle. I WANT one of those Fathom Green ones to go with my Fathom Green '69 Camaro! Where do I get one? All I can find is the orange ones on the First Gear site. For net shopping I usually get my diecasts from diecastmodelwholesale, but they're not showing it (and I'm about to order that Supernatural '67 Chevy from them anyway). Any ideas where I could get both of those from the same place? (I hate paying shipping charges.)

 

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The Fathom Green Chevelle can often be found on Ebay -- in fact all of them turn up there eventually.  I've got a second unmolested example that is now surplus to my needs.  PM me if there's any interest.

As I re-examine my Revell Charger I think you may be right about the grill being a bit shallow.  None the less it "rides" well with the rest of my 1/25th scale collection......

 

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Nice collection Roger, I'm drooling LOL. what are your thoughts on the FG '66 Fairlane? I've had my eyes on one but haven't pulled the trigger yet. Thanks.

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Thanks, Geno!

I've got two of the First Gear Fairlanes thus far -- one in Signal Flare Red (a near dead-nuts stand-in for Calypso Coral) and the other in Candy Apple Red (the CAR edition was a Parts Plus promo).  The model looks good generally but the wheels seem rather anemic.  I swapped them out on the CAR car with more appropriate looking rims and repainted the interior in saddle tan.  I do wish that First Gear had chosen to release the replica as a GTA (with the chrome hood inserts) but hey, beggars can't be choosers.  Anyway, I don't think you'll be disappointed.

 

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Mmmm, some sexy beasts, you have me sold LOL, time to hit Ebay unless you know where I can find me a Candy Apple Red or Orange version LOL. Thanks Roger, I appreciate your input and the great pics of your collection, The Chevelle is my 1st, First Gear model, looks like I'll be nabbing some more.:D

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The CAR versions are rare as hen's teeth -- I've only seen two since the Fairlane's initial release a couple of years ago, both of them Parts Plus promos.  But the Signal Flare Red and Black editions are pretty prolific, as is a NAPA promo in their corporate colors.  The black edition features a maroon interior.  If First Gear ever re-pops this model I hope they send it out wearing Wimbleton White (with the maroon innards).  BTW if you haven't already, check out FG's '66 GTO in Barrier Blue.  I just picked one up about a week ago, a real nice model!

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 BTW if you haven't already, check out FG's '66 GTO in Barrier Blue.  I just picked one up about a week ago, a real nice model!

I have a Classic Metalworks '66 GTO in blue that came in kit form, and I'm quite happy with it. I have two of their '69 Camaros, too.

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The CMW GTO is a nice model but beware:  despite the markings on the box, it (like their '66 Chevelles and their various iterations of the '69 Camaro) is most definitely 1/25th scale.  Not a bad thing mind you but it should be noted.  Many of Welly's releases are the same:  advertised as 1/24th but actually 1/25th (or even smaller in the case of their otherwise excellent '65 Impala Super Sport).  I have the CMW GTO in Twilight Turquoise and though it's a nice replica, the First Gear model eclipses it in several areas.  But love the teal color so it's staying in the collection. 

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