I said I was probably done last night, but then I had to go to Target to pick up some Nyquil and bread and stuff. I spotted this Johnny Lightning 1967 Chevelle Malibu and figured I should snag it for one last hurrah.
This is the first of the new batch of JL’s that I’ve grabbed. So far I haven’t really found anything on the pegs that I had to have (I already had an ERTL/Tomy iteration of the Wagoneer and haven’t spotted the AMC Rebel Machine). I had previously passed this one over. The color doesn’t really jump out and grab you compared with other things on the peg, and I prefer the early years of the 1st gen Chevelle. But I obviously have Chevelles on the brain lately, so I took another look at it and decided to give it a chance.
I’m glad I did. This model is a slow burn. As I said, it doesn’t jump out at you compared with other models at the store, but once I DLMed it and could get a better look at it, it immediately started to grow on me. On a very stock version of a car like this, it’s the little things that make a difference. In this case, what really grabs me is the tampos. It’s got all the little badges and they look great.
You can’t really see it in the above picture because my phone focused on the windshield instead of the front of the car, but it says “Chevelle” in tiny letters on the front edge of the hood. This next pic gives a better idea of the kind of detail that is here.
Overall, the QC on this model is quite good. Paint is not flawless, but quite good. Tampos are excellent. One tire is slightly wonky. Verdict: worth the $6.