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  • Member since
    January, 2005
  • From: Canberra, Australia
Mazda 1200 Wagon
Posted by aussiemuscle308 on Sunday, December 17, 2017 7:29 PM

After a two-year hiatus and plenty of procrastination, i've pulled out an old project of mine. i want to build a model car of every car i've owned, but some were weird and never made in scale kits. My second car was a late 60s second gen Mazda 1200 (Familia) wagon. It had a 1200cc engine, which was too small and weak to suit Australian driving conditions. it struggled up every hill and was too slow to overtake anyone. it was efficient though. I remember one time it just lost power and died in the middle of nowhere which turned out the head warped and it had lost all compression and wouldn't run.

To catch up on the project so far, I'd taken a Mazda Savanna RX-3 kit from Fujimi and cut the roof off

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    January, 2005
  • From: Canberra, Australia
Posted by aussiemuscle308 on Sunday, December 17, 2017 7:33 PM

I completely restyled the sides with body filler, including created the new body molding. Yes, it's a lot of work to do this.

 

  • Member since
    January, 2005
  • From: Canberra, Australia
Posted by aussiemuscle308 on Sunday, December 17, 2017 7:36 PM

here building a new rear door. i filled with a sheet of styrene and molded in with filler

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    January, 2005
  • From: Canberra, Australia
Posted by aussiemuscle308 on Sunday, December 17, 2017 7:44 PM

it took a lot of time to make the shape

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    January, 2005
  • From: Canberra, Australia
Posted by aussiemuscle308 on Sunday, December 17, 2017 7:46 PM

Then added the body lines and primer to see how flat the bodywork was going

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    March, 2017
  • From: Brighton England
Posted by Spencer Mopar Fan on Sunday, December 17, 2017 9:45 PM
Great so far . Nice to see something different ! I just brought an Isuzu Bellet GT-r 1600 . Mine will be stock but new wheels .
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  • From: Canberra, Australia
Posted by aussiemuscle308 on Monday, December 18, 2017 2:23 AM

Thanks Spencer.

moving on, i found the stock roof of the RX-3 was too low to suit the 1200, so off it came

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    January, 2005
  • From: Canberra, Australia
Posted by aussiemuscle308 on Monday, December 18, 2017 2:25 AM

I fitted the interior and adjusted the door jambs

New B pillars to work out the correct height

and putty the new A and C pillars in

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    January, 2005
  • From: Canberra, Australia
Posted by aussiemuscle308 on Monday, December 18, 2017 2:26 AM

some more work and spot putty to clean up the body.

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    January, 2005
  • From: Canberra, Australia
Posted by aussiemuscle308 on Monday, December 18, 2017 2:29 AM

I started the front with some kit headlights and styrene trim and grille. I added the door window frames, trying various techniques until i found the easiest way was to make the window and trim from one piece of clear styrene, and just mask and paint the frame.

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    January, 2005
  • From: Canberra, Australia
Posted by aussiemuscle308 on Monday, December 18, 2017 2:33 AM

I also sprayed on some white paint from a rattle can.

Now, two years later, this is the point the model was left at. The spot putty has cracked the paint in some areas, and the headlights are too short to be the correct shape, so i may redo them at some point. For now.... ONWARD!!

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    January, 2005
  • From: Canberra, Australia
Posted by aussiemuscle308 on Monday, December 18, 2017 2:51 PM

I started by assembling the chassis and interior. the chassis is mostly molded in, but the separate axles. This made relocating the wheels a bit a bodge by gluing the rear axle on the incorrect side of the leaf springs (under instead of above). the front suspension i cut off the locator pin and glued them to the spindle in a new location. unfortunately, they will never turn as intended. The interior was assembled on the chassis as no separate pan is available. Seats came from a diecast Fiat Uno. I found a dash in the spares box and made a steering column out of styrene tube. i also added a floor for the rear wagon section.

It looks better on it's corrected stance.

on Flickr

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    November, 2003
  • From: East Bethel, Mn
Posted by midnightprowler on Monday, December 18, 2017 4:30 PM

Very cool. This gives a whole new mean to the phrase " bondo buggy" lol.

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    March, 2006
  • From: Spring, Tx
Posted by modelcarjr on Tuesday, December 19, 2017 5:19 AM

Looks good, Aussie! That's a lot of work! Good luck with the rest of the build! Cool Thumbs UpThumbs Up

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  • Member since
    January, 2008
  • From: Plano (Dallas), Texas
Posted by mmthrax on Wednesday, December 20, 2017 10:19 AM

Holy cow, this is awesome!  This is what modeling is all about!!  This separates the modelers like you from the assemblers like me.  I'll get there though.  With inspiration like this, it opens my mind to the possibilites.  Ace work.  Impressive and inspirational. Bow  

Just keep picking away at it...

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Posted by justmike on Thursday, December 21, 2017 7:51 PM

I can't get over how you are so willing to rip somehing apart and start over with it. Way to go! Its a very neat build with some quality skills going into it.

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Posted by dimaxion on Friday, December 22, 2017 2:41 PM

Excellent work and craftsmanship .. Thanx .. 

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  • From: Canberra, Australia
Posted by aussiemuscle308 on Saturday, December 23, 2017 3:28 AM

Thanks guys. i'm trying to push through and not get bogged down re-doing things.

After trying a few different materials, I made a new bumpers by shaping some putty over styrene strips. this seems to be the best way to capture it's shape, with all those weird angles and curves.

I also repainted the body after fixing all the cracked putty from earlier

The headlights and grille i'd made earlier were too short, so i made some new ones. I used kit headlights and cut to size, then wrapped very thin strip styrene around it. grille is just strips of styrene arranged carefully... so frustrating

  • Member since
    January, 2005
  • From: Canberra, Australia
Posted by aussiemuscle308 on Saturday, December 23, 2017 3:31 AM

Here's the hand made tailights. these also started out as kit lights from my spares box. Interior was touched up with some grey humbrol 27 and some matt black.

  • Member since
    January, 2005
  • From: Canberra, Australia
Posted by aussiemuscle308 on Sunday, December 24, 2017 2:29 PM

Added bumpers, mirrors and hubcaps. custom license plates were drawn in photoshop and printed on gloss paper. a couple of decals were used from the mazda kit.

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    June, 2015
Posted by dimaxion on Sunday, December 24, 2017 3:01 PM

What a gem . You do nice work . You will love it more every day . Quite nice replica . I'll pass on the keys . Thanx for sharing ..  

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Posted by justmike on Sunday, December 24, 2017 5:55 PM

Very nice indeed!  Way beyond my skill level with the fillers and fabrication.

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  • Member since
    January, 2008
  • From: Plano (Dallas), Texas
Posted by mmthrax on Sunday, December 24, 2017 11:39 PM

Very, very cool.  Great job!  Such a neat project.

Just keep picking away at it...

  • Member since
    January, 2005
  • From: Canberra, Australia
Posted by aussiemuscle308 on Monday, December 25, 2017 12:30 AM

Thanks guys

I had some blue stripes from my decals spares, but as soon as i put them into water, they broke apart. too old aparently!

i added custom plates, badges and a few decals from the mazda kit. I added a strip of styrene to the side to represent the body molding trim. I found some hubcaps in my spares box, close enough, since they are so tiny.

  • Member since
    January, 2005
  • From: Canberra, Australia
Posted by aussiemuscle308 on Monday, December 25, 2017 12:33 AM

for reference, i only had ONE photo of my old car. i've only to add a blue stripe to complete the replica.

on Flickr

  • Member since
    January, 2005
  • From: sunny Sydney, Australia
Posted by nottheband on Saturday, December 30, 2017 9:58 PM

Amazing result after starting with almost nothing.  Great stuff.  Cheers.

Steve

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    June, 2015
Posted by dimaxion on Sunday, December 31, 2017 3:06 PM

I admire this Showroom from Scratch Build . Pleasent and so dimunitive .. "Where's the keys ? This screams to me : "Drive me like you stole me . " Thanx .. 

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