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A few updates…

Greetings! Yes, it’s been a while since I posted, but there’s not been a whole lot of small trailer news to report on. However, that’s fixin’ to change! Fingers crossed, but I’ll be heading to a couple of factories over the next couple of months, and one hopefully next week. That one should be big, as this is a trailer that’s not been seen by the public yet, but one that the small trailer community has been waiting for months to get their eyes on. How’s that for a teaser?

Keystone RV has entered the micro trailer market with the introduction of the Passport ROV and the Bullet Colt.

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Indianapolis, Indiana based Greenlight Collectibles continues to provide small trailer lovers with a bevvy of vintage and now current small trailer diecasts. They initially started with their Hitch & Tow series and continue it with various combinations of trailers and tow vehicles.

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But now Greenlight has introduced a new line of strictly trailer diecasts called the Hitched Homes series. Currently there have been two installments of the Hitched Homes series released, totaling twelve trailers ranging from a 1958 Siesta to a 2017 Winnebago Winnie Drop. I picked up a Winnie Drop and a Siesta at my local Meijer store, and I have to say kudos to Greenlight for continuing to honor small trailers the way they have AND building an excellent product at a good price, as I paid less than $10 each.

greenlight1 greenlight2I’ve learned that Greenlight actually measures the real trailers to get specs for production. Jim Gratner, sales pro at Braun’s Fun Time Campers in Indianapolis, told me that Greenlight paid a visit to their lot in 2016 to look over a Winnie Drop they had in their inventory. They took pics and did some measuring for their production of the Hitched Homes 1:64 scale Winnie Drop. So these are detailed about as close to the real thing as you can get.

I’ve yet to see this one, but they’re also coming out with a bigger 1:24 scale teardrop trailer that you’ll also want to put on your shelf.

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So there are a few updates for you all. I’m really excited about these factory visits I’ll be making soon, as there are some trailers you’ve been waiting to finally see, and I’ve been told there are some we’re going to be introduced to that aren’t known yet.

Stay tuned and thanks for reading!

 

 

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Greenlight Continues Retro Trailer Releases

Back in July, I wrote about the introduction of a diecast Shasta Airflyte by Indianapolis based Greenlight Collectibles. That was in their Hitch & Tow Series 4 lineup which have hit store shelves within the past month.

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Recently Greenlight has introduced the players in the Series 5 lineup, and a Shasta Airflyte is once again featured. This one is a butternut yellow Airflyte towed by a color matching 1967 Ford Custom. According to the Greenlight Collectibles website, the release date for Series 5 is sometime this month, so start looking for these online or at a retailer that carries Greenlight products.

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This doesn’t appear to be the end of Greenlight’s use of the Airflyte. There is a drawing of a 1963 Dodge D-100  pickup hauling a light blue Airflyte, scheduled to be released in Series 6 sometime in early 2016.

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And with that, it appears Hitch & Tow Series 6 will also see the reemergence of an Airstream, which was the retro trailer of choice in Series 1 through 3. The new Airstream will have a new finish on it. The first Airstreams in the series were a polished aluminum and the gold anodized aluminum. Photos released on the Greenlight Collectibles Flickr page show a prototype of an unpolished aluminum Airstream, and a drawing of one hauled by a i968 Chevrolet C-10.

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So there’s the latest on Greenlight Collectibles’ continued honoring of vintage travel trailers. I’ve got three of these myself and for about $10 each, it’s an excellent value, as the quality of these are fantastic. I’ll continue to provide future updates as new releases come out.

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GreenLight Collectibles Introducing Shasta Airflyte Diecast

Back in November 2014, Indianapolis, Indiana based diecast collectible manufacturer Greenlight Collectibles introduced a diecast series called Hitch & Tow, which featured four different vehicles hauling some sort of trailer, be it a cargo trailer or the popular Airstream Bambi hauled by a 1967 Chevrolet Impala.

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There have been two other Hitch & Two series introduced to the market since then, and both have featured an Airstream Bambi hauled by a different vehicle.

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However, GreenLight’s Series 4 Hitch & Tow will feature a 1:64 scale 1962 Dodge D-100 pick-up truck and an early 1960’s era Shasta Airflyte. The Series 4 addition will hit the market sometime in the fall of 2015 and will retail for $9.99.

19126148864_7e6552150a_zIn an e-mail from Josh Hollandsworth of GreenLight Collectibles, he tells me of the Shasta diecast, “This is authentic to scale 1:64 in size, shape and proportions. The beautiful thing about this casting is that both the trailer shell and the chassis are metal which you don’t see in 1:64 very much these days. We did this not only for value, but for the quality as well as it feels like a more substantial and accurate piece.

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With the popular resurgence of the Shasta Airflyte reissue travel trailer over the past year, these diecasts will surely be a huge success once they hit the store shelves later in 2015. But look for more Airstreams and other vintage trailers to be produced by GreenLight in the future. Says Josh, “Expect at least one per release and we’re working on getting more vintage trailer castings as well to release every couple releases. For the Airstreams, we have a whole wall of ideas.”

To learn more about GreenLight Collectibles and some of their other diecasts, you can find their Flickr page here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/glcollectibles/albums or find out more at their main web site at http://www.greenlighttoys.com.

 

 

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