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1979 Mustang Pace Car - 11 year WIP

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  • Member since
    July, 2007
  • From: Smokey Point, WA
1979 Mustang Pace Car - 11 year WIP
Posted by Stew on Sunday, July 28, 2019 8:45 PM

Going on 11 years, time to stop fartin' around and get this finished up. The only previous posts I seemed to have made are here:
http://cs.scaleautomag.com/sca/tips_techniques/f/8/t/69698.aspx

To recap, at the time I couldn't find an actual pace car kit so I got a similar Fox body Mustang and was going to make my own. I started with this kit:

Almost got the body finished painted:

But when pulling off some masking tape it removed some clear and messed up the paint:

And there it stalled for uh, more than a decade. So... paint was stripped off:

Got the primer on today:

And way back in 2008 when I knew I'd be re-painting it I bought a touch-up bottle of the actual pewter paint rather than whatever silver I had handy, so it will have actual factory correct paint-code paint:

More to come, and this time I'm finishing it.

On the bench: Where to begin...

  • Member since
    February, 2016
Posted by Plowboy on Monday, July 29, 2019 7:45 AM

Since you're starting over, I would get the right body. That body has bulged fenders and quarters like the Mercury Capri. Plus, it has flares from the Mustang on top of them. The Monogram or MPC Mustangs can still be had for about the same price as a new kit and are a lot more accurate. 

  • Member since
    July, 2007
  • From: Smokey Point, WA
Posted by Stew on Monday, July 29, 2019 11:28 AM

Yeah I had considered that but at this point I'm going to finish this one and eventually get the right kit, at this point I've GOT to see this thing through haha.

Another thing that's wrong with this kit is the louvers behind the rear side glass, this kit has obnoxious aftermarket style louvers and just big holes where the smaller factory vent/louvers would be. I finally decided to just make panels to cover this area as in the picture below, so this car will represent someone who did their best to do a custom wide body pace car conversion with their Mustang Smile

On the bench: Where to begin...

  • Member since
    July, 2007
  • From: Smokey Point, WA
Posted by Stew on Wednesday, July 31, 2019 10:21 AM

The interior. Reference pics of the real thing showed almost all black interior with some white/black pattern on the seat inserts that I couldn't possibly recreate without printing decals. The dash panels around the gauges are a dark gray-ish accent color although it's almost impossible to tell. But it is flocked so there's that...

I would've liked to drill out the gauges and printed out some gauges to put behind the holes but only have a B&W printer so that wouldn't have looked good. Color printer coming soon.

On the bench: Where to begin...

  • Member since
    July, 2007
  • From: Smokey Point, WA
Posted by Stew on Saturday, August 10, 2019 11:29 AM

The body is painted. I decided to save that auto touch-up paint for another day and used Testors Model Master spray can German Silver Metallic 2914 which turned out to be a good representation of the pewter. The semi gloss black is also Testors.

Since I can't paint a straight line to save my life, did a lot of masking. A lot of masking. I didn't want to try and mask everything and get it all in one shot for fear of messing up the silver so I did different sections over the course of several days.

I had purchased some pace car decals on ebay years ago but they are toast, I scanned them in and will have to print some new ones.

It's getting there...

On the bench: Where to begin...

  • Member since
    August, 2007
  • From: Kamloops,Canada
Posted by mclovin on Saturday, August 10, 2019 3:32 PM

That's starting to really look nice!!

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  • Member since
    September, 2015
  • From: Nevada
Posted by American185 on Saturday, August 10, 2019 5:27 PM

Beautiful progress so far !! Color choice is amazing as well. Not a Mustang fan normally except of this body style/era. Your work is amazing. Can't wait to see it completed. Great eye for the little details too.

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  • Member since
    February, 2008
Posted by justmike on Saturday, August 10, 2019 6:35 PM

Your end result with the extra masking was definitely worth the effort.  Its a very nice paint job.

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