Small Talk

Small Talk Issue 28

Small Talk Issue 28

with Mike Renaut Apparently it costs up to $500,000 to tool a new model car kit, not including the royalties demanded by the full-size car company. An initial pre-order of 10,000 units is required before they’ll even consider reissuing an existing kit. That’s why we get Corvettes and Camaros rather than Bedford CFs and DeSotos… Fifty Five and ...

Small Talk Issue 26

Small Talk Issue 26

with Mike Renaut You write, I’ll read… I’m hoping to wrap up Project ’55 in the next couple of months (stop cheering) so I’m open to your suggestions about what project car you’d like to see next. Some of you seem to prefer emailing our beloved Editor and getting him to forward your messages to me, but ...

Small Talk Issue 24

Small Talk Issue 24

with Mike Renaut Shout out to Lee Cherone of Facebook’s One-25 Scale Automotive Art, who spent two weeks trying to strip the green paint from his Revell MGB, then realised it was moulded in green plastic… Inside Story Time to give Project ’55 some tuck’n’roll. This version is very basic, as befits a ...

Small Talk Issue 22

Small Talk Issue 22

with Mike Renaut Does anyone else add a signature to their builds? I usually put a Frenched aerial into the offside front wing of customs just ahead of the door. What do you do? I Can Drive ‘55 Last month you got a look at Project ‘55 mounted on its wheels. As I’ve ...

Small Talk Issue 20

Small Talk Issue 20

with Mike Renaut I’ve just dropped my third unsuccessful attempt at customising the 1953 Studebaker Starliner back in its box; the stock lines just can’t be improved upon. Unless you know better…? Project ’55 Time to introduce a Small Talk project car, based on AMT’s 1955 Chevy sedan. This isn’t a step-by-step monthly guide since, chances ...

Small Talk Issue 18

Small Talk Issue 18

with Mike Renaut Get ‘em off Strippers; which is your favourite? I’m talking about paint stripping. Brake fluid, Dettol, oven cleaner – which works best for you? Let me know and I’ll publish the best results so we can all benefit from the healthy sight of good, clean naked bodies. I Can Drive ...

Small Talk Issue 16

Small Talk Issue 16

with Mike Renaut Shout Up I didn’t have time to squeeze in a reader’s model this month, but if you’re proud of something you’ve built, send me some nice, clear photos and a description to: smalltalk@street-machine.co.uk Hanging On Have you built any of the old AMT or Monogram hot rods lately? The Model ...

Small Talk Issue 14

Small Talk Issue 14

Get In Touch Why do I always lose one piece of photoetch? I now have a PLY_OUTH Fury. Still could be worse, heard about one bloke who found his fullsize SCIMITAR’s badging rearranged to read IMRACIS… Let me know at smalltalk@street-machine.co.uk History Lessons Any time a new model car book gets written is ...

Small Talk Issue 12

Small Talk Issue 12

With Mike Renaut I’m Blue, Brother Jake and Elwood’s band may not be the kind of guys who write letters, but we’ve since invented email. So if you’ve something to say, here’s the address… They’re Boxy This one I’ve been eagerly awaiting. I’m a massive fan of old Volvos, and 240s are hugely ...

Small Talk Issue 10

Small Talk Issue 10

with Mike Renaut It’s the write time. I’m just not as telepathic as I once was, so here’s the best way to get in touch… Engine Building Neil Smith emailed asking about Small Talk project cars. As soon as any of my builds realises it’s going in a magazine, it throws itself off ...

Small Talk Issue  8

Small Talk Issue 8

Small Talk with Mike Renaut Got a model car question, and no one can help? Chances are we can’t either. But a problem shared is a problem two people have, and emails are free… So Near And Yet… Round2 have just re-released AMT’s 1957 Chevy Bel Air, a great old kit dating back to ...

Small Talk Issue 6

Small Talk Issue 6

with Mike Renaut Write Here, Write Now Here’s the Small Talk email address for your comments, marriage proposals and Reader Model submissions: smalltalk@street-machine.co.uk Zodiac Mindwarp Recently, I mentioned Andy Swindlehurst’s range of resin bodies available from www.modelkars.uk, one of which is this 1:24 scale MkII Ford Zodiac. It’s purely the body; you provide everything ...

Small Talk Issue 4

Small Talk Issue 4

Small Talk with Mike Renaut Old Fords Last year, Italeri made modellers happy by reissuing the Esci MkII Ford Transit that hadn’t been available for almost 30 years. In July, the MkII Escort RS1800 also reappeared. Both are decent 1:24 kits with accurate bodies. The Escort is a rally car with wide ...

Small Talk Issue 2

Small Talk Issue 2

Little Blue Corvette 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 ...