Small Talk Issue 2

1958 Corvette kit’s reverse wheels and tyres almost worth the price of the kit alone.

Little Blue Corvette

Chroming the screen surround and trim on this ‘51 Chevy took just 30 seconds; BMF would take hours.

Revell AG (the European branch of Revell USA) have just re-issued their 1:25 scale 1958 Corvette. First released out in their ‘Pro-Modeler’ line back in ’98 it’s well detailed, but only builds stock.
I mention it here because it includes some very nice pre-printed wide whitewalls and a set of chromed reverse wheels with separate baby Moon caps. You’ll need to cut out the centre webbing in the Corvette tyres to squeeze the reverse rims in to them but it’s worth for it for that Sixties custom look. There’s a well-detailed 283 V8 with four-speed that builds with dual carbs or as fuel injected, and a separate toothed grille and surround you can rob for other builds too. I’m tempted to stick an X-Sonic style bubbletop on mine…

Chrome Here

I’ve spent the greater part of my life searching for an affordable way to chrome parts and Molotow Liquid Chrome pens are the best and cheapest solution yet. There are many so-called chrome paints and – with the exception of Alclad – they’re usually just a silver metallic, but these pens contain a liquid that actually dries like chrome. Available in three nib sizes; 1mm, 2mm and 4mm they are perfect for detailing interiors where Bare Metal Foil would prove hard to cut to size.

I’ve had mixed success using Molotow pens to re-chrome an entire bumper – it’s hard to avoid leaving brush strokes unless you put it on very wet – so I’ve just 30ml of the paint in a refill pot and I’ll let you know how I get on airbrushing it. But for trim, badges, around windscreens, or door handles the pens are perfect. You need one just for touching up the bare plastic on bumpers or wheels where you clipped them off the parts tree. Expect to pay about £7 per pen from eBay or Amazon.

Reader’s Models

This version of the infamous Jaguar / Capri is accurate down to the aerials, badges and numberplates

If you’ve ever tried building a replica of a full-size custom you’ll know how hard it is. Yet Mark Thornton from Milton Keynes makes it look easy with his 1:32 scale builds, I understand most began as Corgi diecasts or Airfix plastic kits but each has clearly taken a massive amount of work, not to mention extensive research. I especially love/hate the Jag/Capri.

Cortina MkIII ‘Satisfaction’ even wears 1:32 General Grabber boots all round
Mark’s version of Andy Saunders’ Run-A-Ground speedboat and Citroen Asorta Transporta