By Maz Woolley
All text and photographs by, and copyright of, the Author unless otherwise stated.
In the early 1950s Hudson‘s powerful six cylinder engines were powering them to many racing wins. So naturally their police special was a popular choice with police departments across the United States. Matchbox have made a superfast version of the Hudson Hornet of 1951 and liveried it for MBX Valley Sheriff Department.
It is built with a diecast top and a plastic baseplate. The baseplate forms the grille, bumpers, side chrome sills and the rear bumper. It has moulded in additional lights, siren, and some of the badging.
The model shown has had a few details added like the headlights and additional lights which are chromed and coloured.The siren has also been picked out. The rear lights have also been picked out in silver and red transparent paint added. Adding these few details is fun and certainly makes the model rather more real.
The white door panels, and livery are printed on. The white panels are slightly rough edged. Looking at the photographs of real cars on the web it would appear that most police cars would have also have had the roof painted.
All in all a very nice pocket model toy at roughly 1:64 scale though no scale seems to be stated on the model. Though if you are interested in a larger model with many more details Franklin Mint do a rather nice 1951 Hudson Police Cruiser in 1:24 scale.