Resto & Custom
Being my favourite car manufacturer, Mazda has produced
a lot of (real) cars that i would like to own, but simply can´t. The
MX-6, a Coupe based on the GE generation of the Capella/626 is one
of my top picks.
I had a wish to have this car in small scale - or in any
scale that it would have been made - for many years now. The shape
of this sleek and elegant coupe is something that fascinated me since
the first time i saw it. At the same time, Matchbox has produced the
Ford Probe Mk II, which is based on the same platform as the Mazda
MX-6. That´s how the idea came to make the MX-6: I had two of these
for Probes in my collection, both the same color, one was however
slightly playworn and had a bent axle. I´ve drill opened the model
to fix the axle and the idea came: Why not re-do it into a MX-6 when
i have another Probe casting anyway?
Of course, the die-cast metal body was first drowned into
nitro to melt the paint. After this, i realized how different the
rooflines of the two cars actually were. This meant that i would need
to cut the roof and reposition it to be able to start building a new
roof over it. The nose and rear of the car weren´t the same either.
At the end of the day i realized that the only part that actually
matched was the sideline and door - to a certain grade. Therefore,
i cut away every part that was in the way and gave some putty over
After the putty hardened completely, i was able to model
the new shape of the car. i started with the front. The shape of the
car is not really easy to replicate, every new picture of the real
car brought me a new surprise and i had to do something over again.
Then the rear came round - this was easier to do.
During the project i decided to go for the 2.5 V6 trim,
which includes a factory rear wing. This one was made from my beloved
Mustard tube metal and CD tray plastic.
Also from mustard tube metal i made the wheel wells smaller
to be closer to the proportions of the real car.
In order to fit the windows and to stick them into the
body without leaving nasty stains, i created fake "door panels" and
a wiper panel for the windshield. the rear window had no adequate
place i could mount a sheet metal on. It would need to be glued precisely.
First test fitting took place with the final choice of
the wheels. i borrowed them from my earlier project Mazda 323F Lantis,
which in return received a nice set of wheels from a Cararama 1:64
fantasay model. This again received some used HW wheels....
...Okay back to the project:
Then i fitted the front and rear windows, i also tested
the side windows but had no possibility to fix them except for glueing
them in place, which was no option.
The panels received a coat of flat black enamel paint.
This paint does the job when it comes to imitating leather or plastic.
After i was happy with the shapes i sprayed a coat of primer
over the body to see where the obvious imperfections were hiding.
You have to remove those too obvious things which jump to the eye
immediately, he smaller issues are free to stay - after all, it´s
a handmade model on its exterior and this includes imperfections.
Another test fitting... i love test fitting. I also added
the exhaust pipes to the base. V6 style.
After i was sure i had what ui wanted, i sprayed another
coat of primer which confirmed my hopes. There were no major flaws
any more - and i mean major flaws - so, no nitpicking please. The
paint has dried and i polished it carefully, so it would get a nice
Finally, the tiny details were added - lights
painted, windows placed and license plate added. During this process,
i decided to change the look of the headlights and make plstic inserts
instead of only painted on lights. at the same time, i smoothened
some surfaces and drilled a hole into the front bumper. The front
became as much detailed as the reat part of the car was. i think it
is more balanced now. Et voilá, ready to go - Here are some pictures
of the finished model:
Some daylight impressions:
As i have made a custom model of the Mazda MX-6 / 626 Coupe in late
2004, i thought it would be nice to put them side by side:
From left to right, top to bottom:
626 Coupe/MX-6 (Dec. 2004); 323/Protege (Aug.2003); MX-6 (Feb. 2010);
323F Lantis (Dec.2006)
I hope you enjoyed this story just as much as i enjoyed making the model and writing about it.
Pictures © by Sinicars