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…is what ford claimed in a 1988 advert for their Fiesta.  In 4mm scale the Oxford Diecast Fiesta has been out for a while now (and is an earlier version but it’s still very suitable for New Street.

First Impressions

Looks like a Mk1 fiesta to me. Comes with the usual manufacturing compromises of 2D printing on a 3d object and the now standard oversize wheels. I kind of hoped that Oxford had stopped doing this when they abandoned the separate tyres and produced the Marina model and while the fiesta hasn’t got separate tyres either the wheels are way too big.  On the upside it’s probably easier to fix now.

fiestas-compared-1On the left, out of the box and on the right after a few easy tweaks. The model is held together with a screw and the rear licence plate as a sort of plug in wedge (bit weird!) so disassembly is a doddle. A spot of black paint on the widow frames and bumpers and a coat of matt varnish is all that’s needed.  I decided this one would be parked so didn’t fit a driver. The wheels were pulled off the axle (you need to do this to get them out) and then remounted one at a time for turning down in a minidrill with some sandpaper.  Take your time as you need to avoid them getting too hot.

fiestas-compared-2Finally a very light weathering and its done – I’ll change the registration at some point and add a tax disk.  Reading up on fiestas the Mk2 version was essentially a facelift mk1 rather than a new car.  They seem to look about the same proportions, any Ford experts care to advise if that’s the case?

6 Responses

  1. miles

    Hmm. It looks a little “Allegro” to me. I seem to remember the Fiesta Mk1 have much more angular edges.

    09/04/2014 at 7:32 pm

  2. Clive Mortimore

    Hi Jim

    The Mk2 had a slightly different front, nothing a blob of Milliput and a file couldn’t manage.
    Have a look on Google images.

    09/04/2014 at 8:51 pm

  3. Andy Vines

    Hi Jim

    The Mk 2 was just a facelift of the Mk 1 and the Mk 3 also used the same basic chassis with just a re-panelling job.

    10/04/2014 at 9:34 am

  4. jim s-w

    Thanks all.

    It might be squarer under the paint Miles. It’s caked on as per usual with 4mm cars.

    As mentioned the mk1 and 2 look similar proportions. But looking at http://www.the-blueprints.com/blueprints/cars/ford/page/5/ they really are the same, only the front of the bonnet stands out as different. A mk2 conversion is on the cards then!

    10/04/2014 at 10:32 pm

  5. Bernard Taylor

    Hi Jim,
    The 1983 facelift was extensive. As well as all new Sierra/Granada-like front the rear door and lights were changed, the interior was almost all new and one-piece plastic bumpers and new wheel trims completed the revised look. The mechanics were also extensively updated. Having said that, the mid-section metalwork is the same.
    Incidentally, late pre-facelift cars did get new plastic ended bumpers bringing them into line with the Capri and Cortina that had also started with the all-metal square, plated bumpers http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/6/68/Ford_Fiesta_MK1_front_20071023.jpg while an XR2 conversion with its round headlights would make for something different without having to file the dreaded Mazak.

    15/04/2014 at 9:07 pm

  6. jim s-w

    Thanks Bernard

    As always, not as clear cut as it first seems.

    17/04/2014 at 8:28 am

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