Twelfth Completion of 2012 – 1979 Ford Fiesta
This is the eleventh in a series of models of 1:1 cars I have owned or driven.
In May, 1979, amid rumors of soon-to-be really high prices and shortages of gas, I bought a 1979 Ford Fiesta.
The car may have been ahead of its time because it was rated at 39 mpg highway and 28 mpg city. It was not overpowered, but it would scoot. Four people could ride in it comfortably. And it was fun to drive.
About 5 years ago, I began to search for a plastic, resin or die cast kit of the ’79 Fiesta. Pickings were really slim for a long time. Then one day early in 2012, I came upon an EBay auction for a Mattel MeBeToys 1/24 diecast car. The seller was from Athens, Greece. I normally don’t bid on foreign auctions, but this was a major exception. I figured if I didn’t get this one, there might not be another opportunity. I bid competitively and was very pleased to be the high bidder.
This is what I started the project with:
I completely disassembled the model (really easy) and stripped the stickers and black paint. The project required refinishing the exterior in white and the interior in tan. I also decided to detail paint various areas, as needed. I knew that I would need to construct a new grille and the four wheels and add the U.S.-required required side marker lights.
Here are pictures of the finished project:
Here are some of the materials I used to complete the build:
The stripping gel worked really well and I covered the bare metal with Dupli-Color self-etching metal primer. I smoothed that and covered it with Tamiya white fine surface primer. I used Dupli-color white for the base coat and tried a new product for the clear. It is Gunze Mr. Color / Mr. Super Clear. It went on very well and polished very nicely.
I very much enjoy building models of my 1:1 cars – does anybody know where I can get a model or kit of a 1983 Olds Delta 88 2-door?