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    I got my first Greelight, the 1992 CHP Crown Vic, from Target a few weeks back, and I decided to add some more. Today I went to HobbyLobby to get some more but I was very disappointed with the inconsistent quality. The wheels are ginormous on some of the castings. It is even more obvious for castings that I have from AutoWorld, like the Jeep Wrangler, the wheels are at least twice as wide. The same for the newer trucks, nowhere close to the quality and consistency from AutoWorld.

    That being said, I did find a few that looked pretty good. Volkswagens for example looked like they all had the right wheels, at least in size. Fortunately VW are some of my favorites and I did end up buying the Red Type 3. Very pretty in the blister but with a few blemishes once outside.

    I stayed in the store for a good 20 minutes looking at cars and eye measuring wheels through the blister. Next time I want to be better prepared before I go to the store. What are some of the best castings in terms of accurate proportions and wheels? What are the best series for accurate stock colors? I'm not a big fan of custom paint jobs.

    And a final questions, are there any good databases for Greenlight cars?

  • #2
    Originally posted by Frank View Post
    And a final questions, are there any good databases for Greenlight cars?
    Good question.
    With the demise of ZA3 Collectibles and GLCollector.net; I don't know.
    I definitely miss both sites.

    Cheers. Cobra

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    • #3
      Originally posted by accobra64 View Post

      Good question.
      With the demise of ZA3 Collectibles and GLCollector.net; I don't know.
      I definitely miss both sites.

      Cheers. Cobra
      (post #666 BYW)

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      • #4
        Welcome, Frank.

        Greenlight have been moving away from the wide "steamroller" wheels towards ones that are more realistic, though probably not as realistic as AutoWorld.

        If you go on the Greenlight website, they do have the model releases over the years, and keep the webpage somewhat up to date. And if you see an interesting model, I would just Google an image of it / look for a youtube video on it.

        The quality issue with GL is something I am rather annoyed with at the moment because in the past, if I complained, they dealt with the issue, but now, there is no email for customer service, and a letter regarding an issue with a missing bumper on a Mack Garbage Truck has left me cold considering I paid $20 for it. Since I could not find the same model to exchange, I ended up buying the same model with a different compacter, switched the compactor out as it is screwed together, and then returned the broken one to the same store where I bought it (both were from Hobby Lobby).

        I'm bringing up this issue because the same store where I found that broken Mack truck, there was a Chevy Fire Chief pickup set with a missing bumper AND emergency lights, as well as a Ford Bronco with collapsed window. I used to accept the risk of buying something defective when GL responded to my complaints, but now, I am a reluctant customer despite some great castings of models I very much want. I think they are a bit of a victim of their own success because they keep introducing all these new models / designs each month, and that must make it more complicated at the factory and ability to "get it right". But, like that Mack Garbage Truck, the design for the bumper was poorly engineered if it broke like that.

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        • #5
          Thanks all for the replies.

          Today I got 7 more cars, and I got to take a look at many more.

          Besides the Crown Vic CHP and VW Type 3 that I had, now I have:

          '73 F-100
          '68 Patrol
          '02 GT-R R34
          '65 Continental
          '67 Mini
          '74 Golf Mk1
          '78 VW Type 2

          Wheels are as skinny as they get on the VWs, Mini and Patrol. On F-100, GT-R and Continental the tires are 10-20% wider than they should, but they are definitely good enough for me.
          The paint on the VW Bus has some dust in it, you can't really see it, but I know it is there and it bothers me more than it should. Overall I think that the quality control is hit an miss, I would have bought at least twice as many if it wasn't for small paint defects.

          Overall I am really happy with what I got, but Greenlight is not a brand that you can trust and blindly buy all cars in a release, you have to pick a chose what you buy. In a way it makes the hobby more interesting. I absolutely love the small European cars, especially the Mini and it looks great between my F-150 and Silverado trucks from AutoWorld.

          I have seen some atrocious castings too. The '72 Corvette looks like a monster truck. And the Mercury Cougar has the front wheels under the fender, I am not sure how it is going to steer.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by accobra64 View Post

            Good question.
            With the demise of ZA3 Collectibles and GLCollector.net; I don't know.
            I definitely miss both sites.

            Cheers. Cobra
            If there is enough interest we can start a Fandom page. Like the ones available for HotWheels and Matchbox.

            I have tried a similar effort for Auto world but after I saw the complete lack of interest from the community, I quit working on it. You can check it out here: https://autoworld.fandom.com/wiki/Autoworld_Wiki

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            • #7
              The modern Ford GTs are really good.

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              • #8
                Welcome aboard, Frank!

                Not sure what you are referring with "fandom," we have here hobbyist threads and boards for not only Greenlight but many other makes as well...including Auto World.

                Here is a random "fan" thread: https://www.diecastgarage.org/node/550

                Here is a link to our in-house reference resource (we call the "Database"): https://www.diecastgarage.org/node/1247
                The image file limits have been reset. We have over-limit warnings for the past 3 months and I've had to lower the image file limits. Upper limits now are 100,000 when we have some images that exceed 5,000,000. I know I've mentioned many times before, but it is very important to downsize images - doesn't matter if they are hosted elsewhere or here. I've set the pixels for no more than 1000 across the longest side, so if you resize to that all should be well. (The new limits are larger than what I typically use, and my images turn out just fine, so I know it shouldn't be a problem)

                Thank you for your understanding.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by jt3 View Post
                  Welcome aboard, Frank!

                  Not sure what you are referring with "fandom," we have here hobbyist threads and boards for not only Greenlight but many other makes as well...including Auto World.
                  Not my favorite platform but it works well for HW and MBX:

                  https://hotwheels.fandom.com/wiki/Hot_Wheels
                  https://matchbox.fandom.com/wiki/Matchbox_Cars_Wiki


                  Thanks for the GreenLight Model list, it is very helpful.

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                  • #10
                    I'm a little late to the party, but welcome to the Garage, Frank!

                    Greenlight has been slowly getting better with their proportions through some of their newer castings. I've done my best to restrict my collecting, but as you've mentioned most of their VW castings do a good job with the wheel size. The new Transit (https://www.diecastgarage.org/node/169921) and Ram Promaster (https://www.diecastgarage.org/node/169918) have wheel sizes and widths that look good. I'd suggest looking at some models from the HD Trucks and SD Trucks lines, as they have more size to play around and those models have more accurate proportions.

                    But really with Greenlight they are, at times, a 'close enough' brand when compared to the accuracy of other brands such as Auto World. There have been releases of models where wheel choices baffle me.

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                    • #11
                      Some of their older castings used to have serious “steam roller tires” issues. But the recent castings are not free from such errors. I call the recent wheels “semi steam roller tires” because it’s thinner than the old steam roller tires but still too wide compared to their proportion. I always line up my GreenLight cars together with AW or TLV and see if they don’t ruin the sight. If they do, I sell them. Such a shame because GL has the best production rate and subject matter is so much more interesting than AW with more focus on 80s and 90s.

                      anyway back to the subject, followings are some of the castings by GreenLight with proportional wheels that I know.

                      - silver 77 LeMans [A-Team Hollywood series] (weirdly, they put the proper thin wheels for this particular model. Other LeMans wear semi steam roller tires)
                      - 94 Escort Cosworth (I don’t have it yet but their wheels look proportional)
                      - dually trucks
                      - 80s-90s GM trucks
                      - 90s Ford trucks
                      - Dodge Vans
                      - modern SUVs; Explorer, Durango
                      - 70 Oldsmobile Vista Cruiser (some models wear fat tires; some wear thin tires. But IMO the casting is hideous so I’m not collecting them)
                      - skyline 2000s

                      as you can see there’s a tendency they use thin tires for trucks and vans, while their sedans, coupes and station wagons still receive semi-steam roller tires except for very few cases.

                      IMO the absolute worst GreenLight casting goes to some models of 70s Datsun Zs. Some models wear horrendous monster truck tires which seal their fate as forever pegwarmers. I wouldn’t bring them back home even if it’s free.
                      Last edited by KingswoodBaby; 09-24-2020, 01:08 PM.

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