On my 173rd post is the familiar Datsun 510 aka Bluebird with the popular BRE livery made by Greenlight.

It was with a sigh of relief when Greenlight got the license to produced the BRE livery Datsun 510 as an alternative to the Hot Wheels version whose price has already skyrocketed. As indicated on an earlier post, I acquired these during my visit in SoCal where I also met fellow LaLD Dek34. The first Greenlight Datsun 510 was first released in the Black Bandit series and in series 2 of Tokyo Torque.

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This is the 1972 BRE Datsun 510 which was driven by Bobby Allison in the 1972 Laguna Seca Trans-Am 2.5 Challenge and was in 3rd place. I’m really loving this livery and in 1/64 I can hold it as much as I want compared to the 1/43 TSM models with their more detailed but delicate parts. For more info about BRE and TSM, check out my previous post.

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This one is the 1971 Raydaddy Auto Datsun 510 and is based on Colton Ray’s car whose father was into the Datsun 510.

Here is a picture of the actual car which although close is not exactly identical to the model.

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Photo borrowed from SuperStreet website

And now a comparison of the 510s from each manufacturer.

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Drivers, display your engine.

The left and the middle are by Greenlight while the one on the right is from M2.

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Not all 1/64s are alike.

The left is by Tomica TLV. The center is by Greenlight and the right is M2.

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Beauty is in the eyes of the manufacturer.

From left is Greenlight, Tomica TLV, Greenlight and M2.

As you can see not all premium models are alike in their workmanship and feature. For play value it would be 5 out of 5 for M2 and Greenlight for their opening hood while 4.5 for the Tomica due to non-opening feature. For quality control it would be 5 for all as I did not encounter any issues. For realism Tomica wins hands down with a 5. M2 needs more refinement on the front and Greenlight needs to work on the front grill as it does not look anything alike on any of the real 510s.