Friday, November 18, 2011

Maisto G Ridez - 1987 Buick Regal T-Type





This is the review or "Maisto G Ridez - 1987 Buick Regal T-Type" produced by Maisto.

This model is not my favorite at all but I just grabbed it since the salesman at the shop offering me some nice discount for all the other cars that I buy if I also take this 1 unit - he wanted to clear some of his old stock - typical isn't it? ^__^

Oh well, since this is cheap plus I will get further discount, so I say, what the heck, just grab it...


The packaging;






Out of the packaging;










T-Type cars were built as performance-oriented models and the most famous of these cars was the Buick GNX, which was based on the Regal platform. During the time that the T-Type cars were in production, turbochargers were all the rage in Detroit and adapted for use on the Regal, most notably.

The first model to receive the T-Type badge was the 1981 Buick Riviera. Within a few years, other models from the Buick lineup would follow suit. The Grand National (also referred to as "GN"), introduced in 1982, became an instant success, and it inspired the company to extend its T-Type line to its other mid-size offering, the Century, though without the turbocharged engine. In the mid-1980s, the subcompact Skyhawk and downsized Regal Somerset (as well as a new Skylark) got the T-Type treatment.

The T-Type series reached its peak in 1987. By that time, even the full-size LeSabre and Electra were available as T-Type models, but without the turbocharger and the GNX made automotive history as "the fastest American car in 1987." (and 1988-9 as well.)

The GNX recorded a 0-60 time of 4.7 seconds, and its "fast car" reputation led many people to dub it "the Regal from hell." In addition, its turbocharged V6 made it an attractive alternative to its similar-bodied V8-powered siblings, such as the Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS and Oldsmobile 442 (neither of which had the turbocharger available to them).









It's easy to open up this car by just using the typical Philips screw driver;







The interior;









In a way, it's kind of cool also to see this car with such roof design that almost looks like a convertible car style. Not much to say, this was the fastest car back then in the late 80's so I guess it deserve some respect. As a die cast car model, I think it's quite OK, too bad I'm not really a big fan of it but I guess they are many other people out there who love this car.








And so I did some fun customization project.... well, not much really apart from changing the color of the body and the exterior, and this is the result;
















As for the interior, since this is not my favorite car so I use it as "experiment items" and thus I tried the "all red color scheme" for the interior just to see how it looks like and this is the result;





Kind of unique but less interesting I guess..... I still prefer the several color combination and red only for the 2 front seat....





Oh well, luckily this is just for the sake of experiment purpose... so no big deal....





Eventually, in order not to waste it, I gave this car as a present to my friend Tagashie from http://www.toyzstation.blogspot.com/ as I knew he will like this car and he will do further customization in accordance to his own taste and talent to make it look better....







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