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

History Lessons

Any time a new model car book gets written is cause for celebration. Most model kit books concern building better models, but few go into detail about which kits have actually been released. Until now.

Author Tim Boyd is an expert and it shows in this bible to every significant American muscle car kit ever issued. He’s deliberately broad with his definition of muscle car to allow the inclusion of a few sports cars and tail-finned cruisers too. But it’s far from just a list of kits; the 175-page, softbound book is crammed full of colour photos of vintage box art and a number of built models, plus information about when they were released and re-issued. Rather than attempt a price guide, kits are rated on current desirability.

Every major kit manufacturer is included, naturally with the greatest emphasis on AMT and Revell, MPC and Jo-Han. You’ll also get a little useful info about full-size muscle cars along the way. If you read Tim’s features in Scale Auto, you know the high quality writing you can expect to find here. He put nine months of his life into this, and, put simply, if you’re at all into model cars you need a copy of his book on your shelf. Expect to pay about £25. Collecting Muscle Car Model Kits is published by CarTech, under ISBN 978-1-61325-395-3.

Pound a Paint

A fellow modeller tipped me off that Poundland are selling cans of ProDriver cellulose spray paint, a brand I wasn’t familiar with. But priced at a quid for 300ml makes it perhaps the cheapest paint in the UK, so I was keen to try it. There’s a limited range of colours – my shop had matt black, gloss black and silver – but after experimenting I found it’s compatible with Tamiya and Halfords paints and, most importantly, doesn’t harm bare plastic. It’s thin paint that covers pretty well with good pressure for a small can. It dries quickly too, although it does smell stronger than Halford’s own brand. I’d suggest get a few cans in just for painting chassis parts etc.

Readers Models

Proving he pays close attention – and buys the mag as soon as it’s in the shops – Dave Neave from Bradford was first to answer last month’s question: ‘What have you built since Street Machine was relaunched a year ago?’ “Five builds in the last 12 months,” says Dave, “a pro street Camaro, Beetle gasser, C-Cab show rod and – finished this year – a resin Mk2 Zodiac slammer and a Ferrari 250 GTO.” The Revell Ferrari has Modena wheels and engine with Rover Nightfire Red paint and was built to upset the purists… Great work.