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[REVIEW] Maisto 1/26 scale Buick Century CHP

This is a 1955 Buick Century. This particular model is the California Highway Patrol model which features an iconic CHP livery and some police lights.

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The hood ornament and the font used for the car make are very nice touches. I found this car at a local pharmacy which usually sells 1/32 scale pull back - n - go toys but had 8 different Maisto models on display. There was also a Camaro police car which was toooo overdone livery-wise. This Buick looked classic and for 9.99, it's a pretty good looking model.

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This model is actually nicely detailed all around for a 10 dollar Maisto. I don't usually go for scales bigger than 1/64 but I had to have this when I saw it.

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Some really nice interior detailing. You can't see it in this pic but the gauges are all painted and you can even see what looks like a Ham radio under the dash. And look at that bench seat! You just don't get that in modern cars.

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Hood opens to reveal some carburetor power. Sadly it's all black so seeing details isn't really easy.

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Red and white flashes along the fenders instead of the single rotating roof light like the MBX 1956 Buick Century features. I'm not sure which police light style I like more!

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One weird thing though is that there does appear to be cutouts for the trunk to open. But it just won't open. I thought maybe it was broken but after talking to one of our resident 1/18 scale experts, apparently some companies use the same casting but don't feature opening hoods/doors/trunks on cheaper versions. I assume that there's a more expensive CHP Buick out there but I'm pretty happy with this one.

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I'm very happy with this model. It's different from my normal collection but it's detailed enough that I'm not regretting straying to my typical scale. It was also a spur of the moment buy. Walked in, took one look at the diecast rack, saw this and bought it without hesitation. $9.99 is not a lot of money and I feel like I got a lot of car for it.

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