Sindy MX5 Sports Car


October 28, 2013 By Mike Lee
Last updated on November 5, 2014

Just a bit of fun!
Why did I buy a Sindy Car? Well, I was bored one day and decided to have a look through ebay at bits to add to my real Eunos Roadster. As there wasn’t anything interesting and as I had already bought pretty much everything I wanted, I thought why not build a model of it.

After looking at a few model kits, I wasn’t too impressed with the scales available and the best I could come up with was a 1/24 scale Tamiya MX5. Pre-built 1/18 scale diecast models seemed to be well sort after and therefore expensive as well.

Solution: well I sort of accidently stumbled apon this 1990’s Sindy sports car, labeled as the ‘Sindy Surprise Sports car’. Initially I thought it was too far off from being accurate enough, but a quick look through google using terms such as, Sindy Eunos Roadster, Sindy Miata, Sindy MX5 and Sindy Surprise Sports car, I found some owners had had a go at a few mods on these, all be it just a few changes here and there. A closer look at the images, showed me there was potential to make a good model from one of these. A trawl through ebay and I had purchased one (paid a bit too much on a buy it now, but hey, once I get an idea in my head, that’s it!). This car is approx 18.5 inches long (which puts it at around 1/8 scale).

So What did I do to it:

  • Stripped car completely – wasn’t too difficult, but the glue used on the body was very strong and took some time to break free (got to be careful and patient).
  • Prep the body with a sponge sanding block and remove the graphics.
  • Spray body with satin green car paint (used a generic satin green paint, as I didn’t have any BRG paint left).
  • Make up (using bits and pieces lying around the house and garage) pedal box, mats, interior mirror, sunvisors, doors cards (with handles and speakers), roll hoops, seat belt pads, front bumper grille, front lip spoiler, rear spoiler, aerial, washer jets, bonnet pins and rear latches.
  • Detail painted the exterior (window frame, along the doors etc), interior, wheels and under car using model enamal paint.
  • Create badges, decals, number plates, side lights and light inserts (using actual images from my car and others and printed on sticky labels).
  • Put it all back together and make right hand drive

There are bits I could have done better, but I got a little impatient and then couldn’t be bothered to put more time and effort into it, but hey it didn’t turn out too bad, considering it’s just a Sindy toy (great alternative to the small scale model kits, especially if you’re handy with your hands!).

Things I would do differently – be more patient with the spraying and brush painting, get the proper BRG paint and clear coat it after, get thicker rods for the roll over hoops, merge in the rear spoiler and probably one or two other things? Was very impatient with this build and only spent around 4-5hrs total on it! (not including paint drying time!)

Before:

 

After:

 

The real car: