Greetings folks! It’s been a while since I’ve been around here, life’s been busy for the last, what 8 years or so, but now that things seem to be coming down to a comfortable pace, I figured it’d be a nice time to get back into the hobby, specially with Greenlight finally coming to their senses and tooling up what is definitely the best diecast car in diecast history, a 1970 Chevy Nova! This one’s been a long time coming too. There aren’t a lot of third gen Novas in small scale, and every single one of them has its own quriks, whether it’s a more cartoonish stance, or the overall model is too small, or it actually looks like anything but a Nova. Not this one, this one is just perfect. Perfect shape, proportions and scale, clean, crisp detailing and, in a nod to Greenlights of old, simple tampo printed head and tailights, instead of the poorly fitting plastic beads they’ve come to use in recent years. This car is so good, in fact, that I’ve already bought 10 units of the first release, the Beverly Hill Cop movie car, so expect some customs when I get my tools back up and running. For now, however, here’s a comparo I’ve been waiting for a while to make: Small Chevy cars then and now
Nova, Citation and Cruze. Ironically, the Cruze, also made by GL is the oldest model in the bunch, and one of the most repeated cars in my collection as it lends itself well to the role of everyday hum drum car in dioramas and setups.
The Citation is a JL car from their final Forever 64 years, before the brand was rebooted, and as such features plastic wheels, plstic base and an odd jacked up stance. I believe it was a shit car back when it was sold, however, having driven tiny compact, barebones Chevrolets most of my life, I can relate to it. Had I lived back in the 80's I might even have owned one of these crapboxes and actually enjoyed it! This particular example of the two I own is set to get a new set of wheels, eggshell white paint and a drop in height to look more natural.
Finally, we have the Nova, and it is just perfect. In every sense. The way it looks, the way it sits, the scale and proportions are all spot on. My one gripe with this particular Beverly Hills Cop release is that the car comes a little too grimy for what it’s supposed to be. GL piled on the dust, to the point where, straight out of the card, the car comes almost a solid brown. Still, with a bit of cleaning and wiping, it’s easy to tone it down to a more believable level, like what I did here with mine.