2 Fast 4 U: GreenLight’s 1:18 “2 Fast 2 Furious” Challenger

Dec 01, 2012 No Comments by

2 Fast 2 Furious, the sequel to the blockbuster film The Fast and the Furious, gave screen time to a lot of memorable machinery doing some unforgettable (and not exactly legal) things. One such scene had this car, a 1970 Dodge Challenger R/T, driven by Eric Etebari (playing the role of “Darden”) in a tag team street race against a pair of nitrous-tweaked Mitsubishis. It was a thrilling segment that we’ve watched several times, and the takeaway (aside from popcorn bloat) is that GreenLight’s done a great job turning the car out in 1:18.

Rolling on American Racing-style five spoke rims and meaty rubber (sans the raised white “BF Goodrich” lettering), the model’s well scaled, with good shut lines on its opening doors, hood and trunk. A moderately detailed 383 V8 has a touch of plumbing and sits well between the fenders; opening the doors to the black plastic interior reveals a nicely recreated dashboard and center console, photo-etched seatbelts, and a flocked floor. True, the model is missing the nitrous-powered ejector seat featured later in the movie, but it makes up for that with very crisply scaled foil “Challenger” scripts and working hood pins, all wrapped in a neatly-decorated box featuring artwork and logos from the film. 2 cool.

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¬†Read about this model and more in the “Showroom” section of the Spring 2013 issue of DCX!

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I was always crazy about toy cars and car-themed play sets, but I got hooked on car models when my cousin sent me a pair of built-up AMT kits - a '61 Continental and a '57 Thunderbird. I was six or seven years old when another cousin - Carl - showed me how to build and paint, and by the time I was nine, I had a pretty good collection and a great "spares box" on hand. The original Auto World catalogs were my dream books; my allowance was spent before it was ever earned, and I knew every hobby store and model retailer on Long Island. Then came slot cars, Cox .049-engined Baja Buggies and airplanes, and, ultimately, the real things. I still have some of those old models, and when time allows, I still build or detail scale cars. But it's the ready-to-display replicas and scale racing models that have really had me jazzed for the past fifteen years or so. The "mint" diecasts and the 1:18 American Muscle cars that I cut my serious collecting (and writing) teeth on back then led straight to the current crop of offerings from high-end makers and models in every scale. I also love scale model photography, and shooting, scoring, and producing videos of the models I love. I'm a proud member of the DiecastSpace Diecast Hall of Fame, as well as the Diecast Car Collectors' Club Diecast Scale Model Hall of Fame. I'm also proud to be a part of the Die Cast X Team, and as Editor-in-Chief, I'm looking forward to years of growing the publication and showing new collectors how much fun this hobby can be. And, yeah - I still have that spares box.
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