Small Talk with Mike Renaut
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 arches, basic interior and chassis but a reasonable 1800cc engine. The Transit has no engine but boasts opening doors and tailgate, with the bonus of left- and right-hand drive dashboards.
With excellent timing Andy Swindlehurst from Modelkars.uk has just sent a few of his resin goodies related to these kits. He offers several MkI and MkII Escort bodies, as well as this MkI Transit conversion, which includes double rear doors, filled-in side doors and suitable bumpers and taillights. He also offers this Ford Pop, based on the Revell Anglia, but with those troublesome hinged doors sealed shut and the wings widened a scale four-inches.
Like any resin, they require clean-up work and some scratch-building, so if you’re new to modelling I’d suggest you buy now and only build once you’ve got the skills under your belt. I say ‘buy now’ because the moulds don’t last forever, meaning Andy can only produce so many examples before they’re likely gone for good. I’ll show more of his resin products soon. In the meantime, the rest of his range including Minis and Cortinas, resin wheels plus a stock of competitively priced old and new plastic kits, can be found at www.modelkars.uk -tell Andy you saw ’em in Small Talk!
Buster Lang Show
I didn’t make it to the recent Buster Lang show, but other modellers were out in force. Thanks to Steve Salmon, who took a number of these photos for me, and to Lee Cherone and the guys at One20five for their tireless organisation that led to the model displays taking place. I’ll let their photos do the talking, but suggest you join the ‘One20five Scale Automotive Art’ group on Facebook for more info and loads more great builds.