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[REVIEW] 1953 Packard Caribbean

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Packard. A luxury car maker for postwar America. Although this automaker started out in the very late 1800s, some of the most iconic designs that we think of came out of the 1950s. And the Caribbean was no exception. This vehicle was basically Packards halo car during the last few years of Packards lifespan and initially came only as a convertible. The Caribbean came in roughly 4 different colors and this 1/24 scale model was one of those colors, called Sahara Sand. As a JDM nut, I'm no Packard expert so if I've said something that is not correct, please feel free to point out my mistake and mock me.

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Design & Accuracy: 10/10

It looks exactly like a real Caribbean to me. Google image search shows some 1953 models with fender mounted mirrors and others with door mounted mirrors, so I can't subtract a point there because I've seen the car both ways. There is a lovely continental kit on the trunk which would have held a steel spare wheel on a real life example. And look at that hood scoop!

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Fit and Finish: 8/10

This is one of those categories where it's really hard to not subtract a point because of some damage that was clearly not the model makers fault. When I bought this model, the cashier put it at the bottom of the bag and when I got home, the mirror had broken under the weight. The mirrors on this car are FRAGILE. I had glued it back on but two days later, I knocked it back off when getting the car ready for pics. Otherwise nothing rattles like some pharmacy-sold models do. However there are some big panel gaps which I will take 2 points off for.

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Features: 8/10

Standard score for Welly models sold at RiteAid. Doors open, hood opens and wheels turning is always going to get an 8/10 from me. Some models sold dont have turning front wheels and that's a minus but this Packard does, and the steering wheels actually turns with them.

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Value: 10/10

Look at it. It's such a pretty car. And it only cost me 10 dollars. I stop and look at it everytime I go into my room (although it does sit next two other very pretty cars which I'll review later).

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Rarity: 3/10

This is the only one that I've seen at a pharmacy. But they're all over eBay, none as cheap as 9.99 though. Looks like you could also have it in green. And some are pictured without the top which makes me think that it's removable, but I can't get it off and don't want to force it and wind up breaking it. So yea it's easy to get one, but maybe not so easy to get one in a store.

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Overall: 39/50

Rarity kills the score and I feel it deserves a 45 because it is such a nice model. Seriously worth the purchase.

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