|Overall Panel Fit:||10/10|
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Welly's box is a standard window box with a black background. The top of the box has "Collectable" written in a blue oval just above the window, and the scale in the top left corner. The front of the box features the scale, Welly logo, "Die-Cast Metal with Plastic Parts" callout, and the make/model information. Each end flap has a combination of the top and front information, while the back repeats all of this along with the licensing info. The bottom of the box has a small photo of the replica with notes about the working features (in this case, the opening doors & boot) in multiple languages. The Suburban is held to a silver & black insert with two screws, and plastic blisters cover each end of the vehicle to prevent movement and keep the tailgate shut. A plastic band holds the front doors closed.
Both casting and paint quality are excellent. all details are molded sharply and seem to fit together perfectly. The dark green looks nice & consistent, with no visible blemishes. The window surrounds, beltline trim, and door handles are painted flat black, and all look nice & sharp. There may be a bit of ghosting around one or two of the windows, but any inconsistencies are hidden by the dark body color. Chrome is used for the bumpers, grille, and wheels, and it all looks flawless. Silver is used for the beltline chrome and printed emblems ("LT" on the C pillars and "Chevrolet" and "Suburban" on the tailgate), while gold is used for the Chevy emblems. The bumper rubbers, running boards, rear wiper, and grille insert are separate black pieces, and fit nicely so the overall look remains good. headlights, driving lights, directionals, and taillights are all separate clear components, and look good overall. The red casting of the taillights negates clear backup lights or amber turn signals, but otherwise looks good. The interior is cast in light tan, which has the unfortunate side effect of making the inner fenders light tan as well. The casting quality looks great, though the paint applications are good but minimal: only the front door panels are detailed, making the back doors look unfinished, and the dash is half tan/half gray with only a few items detailed. It almost would've been better to leave everything unpainted, so as to not draw attention to the unfinished pieces.
The only features are the opening doors and tailgate, but they are done very well. The hinges move smoothly and hold both open and closed positions easily. The tailgate hinges are as unobtrusive as possible, while still managing to open to a fairly accurate height.
Welly really has this one down. The overall shape is perfect, and although the ride height looks a bit low, it actually compares favorably to the 1:1 Suburban. I'm especially impressed by the front end, which is made from over a dozen separate pieces and provides a very realistic appearance. The only accuracy problem is scale: the Suburban is a huge vehicle, so to get it into a standard shelf box they fudged the numbers a bit: it actually works out to be about 1/27~1/28.
Welly does a great job of providing an excellent looking replica at a very low price. It's too bad they had to downsize the massive Suburban, but that shouldn't stop you: the attention to detail, parts fit, and overall finish make this a real winner. Recommended.
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