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1949 Mercury custom lead sled- (built 2002)

While looking in K B toy store one day I happened to come across a '49 Custom Mercury lead sled1/25 scale die-cast Hot wheels toy. The car was painted up like a police car and is part of their "Cop Rods" series. The picture at the very bottom shows an original one.

I bought one because I was impressed with the custom Mercury's proportions and all the '50's style custom details like the chopped top, fender skirts, lake pipes, etc. I thought it would make a pretty good looking model with a decent paint job and a little detailing.

After dissembling the Mercury I sand blasted the die-cast body to remove the original paint. Then I laid on my own custom blended paint job. Red, yellow, and orange dies were mixed with a PPG Deltron pearl white base to create the wild orange / red flip-flop candy color. The flames blend from a custom mixed shade of turquoise to dark candy blue. After sanding out the flames the whole car was shot with PPG concept 2000 clear with pearlescence powders mixed into it. I thought it turned out pretty decent for my first flame job.

Other detailing includes headlights that were drilled out and replaced with better detailed plastic ones from the kit box. The wheels are a set of "Parts by Parks" real spun aluminum moon disks.


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