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#1 Bernard Kron

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Posted 26 September 2012 - 06:24 PM

Starting another project, another racer, and another spare parts special. This time it’s a Revell 5-window Deuce done as a full-on Bonneville racer, a highboy with a radical 6 ½ inch chop and full bellypan. Motivation will be from a Revell Parts Pack blown Ford 427. So far I have the top cut and the edges and rolled pan for the belly pan installed. I also smoothed the stock hood to get rid of the center hinge. I think the hood will stay smooth since the highboy configuration is probably tall enough to contain the top mounted blower and injectors. With the mail slot windows and the belly pan hiding most of the chassis I’m tempted to forego the interior and most of the chassis and suspension. We’ll see as the build progresses. I’m planning on Krylon Mango (a bright yellow-orange solid) for the main color with red home-made team decals. I may also make provision to display the car as a part-time drag racer with switchable tires and wheels. Again, we’ll see how elaborate I want to make this one…

Thanx for lookin’,
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Posted 26 September 2012 - 06:31 PM

That looks killer already Bernard. Will be checking this one out.
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Posted 26 September 2012 - 06:57 PM

nice start! that krylon mango is an awesome color too, ive got a can of it here......

lookin forward to more of this one.
cheers
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Posted 26 September 2012 - 07:48 PM

Looking very good already! I like the Chop Top a lot, it's just low enough, but not too low. Sounds very interesting. Did all, or at least most of the Bonneville Racers have a Belly Pan? I'm just thinking if I have to make one for my '32 3W Coupe, which will be another Bonneville Racer.

And another question, what do you do to your pictures? They look fantastic.

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Posted 27 September 2012 - 12:22 AM

Love it. The heavy chop, the bellypan and all those louvers just scream "dry-lakes racer".

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Posted 27 September 2012 - 01:18 AM

Sweet so far!!! Can't wait to see more!

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Posted 27 September 2012 - 02:10 AM

This is what a Deuce should look like!

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Posted 27 September 2012 - 03:16 AM

It looks great already. Nice work, so far.

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Posted 27 September 2012 - 04:17 AM

Thanks everyone. I still have the bodywork to wrestle with, but otherwise it should be pretty straightforward.

...Did all, or at least most of the Bonneville Racers have a Belly Pan?...

And ...what do you do to your pictures?


Bellypans are not simple or cheap to fabricate so most dry lakes participants who ran modified street machines avoided them. Once you lightened your car by gutting it and removing the fenders and put as much power under the hood as your budget, social connections, and practical use of the car would alow, it came time to attack your two biggest enemies: frontal area and parisitic drag. For frontal area you chopped the top as much as you dared (lakes cars became known for their radical - and often quite impractical - chop jobs). This left parisitic drag, the resistance caused by the turbulence which results when the layer of air flowing over the bodywork becomes disturbed. The worst of all is the layer between the ground and all the garbage which forms the undercarriage of the car. Installing a bellypan cleans all of that up, but you must fabricate a very large area of new bodywork to do it. This represents quite a bit of work both in the 1:1 world and in scale.

Regarding the photos, first off Thanx!!! I'm glad you like them. Here's a quick step by step. This might seem like a lot of work but it's really quite simple and I've done it so often I can knock one out in a minute or two. It's a technique that was used quite often in the old hot rod mags, generally with a white or light colored background.

Here's the original picture. I shot it using my worklights on my bench against a black card with the body held in position by a thrid hand. I work under three 60 watt incandescent spot lights. The lights are ordinary household bulbs. As you can see I keep a very messy workbench! It's a miracle I ever get anything done...

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Next, using Adobe Photoshop, I select various areas that will require a solid black background. In this case you can see the flare from the spot lamp and the part where the front of the car extends beyond the black card, All this will be filled with solid black color.

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Here are the areas that have been initially filled. The result is the body of the car "floating" against solid black. Among other things I have eliminated the third hand from the image.

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Next I select the entire rest of the image, being sure to overlap into the black area I have already created. The selected area is show here as the red shaded zone. After I select it I fill it with solid black.

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Next I select a pleasing rectangular area which is filled mainly by the image of the car (indicated here by the red outline) and crop the image, eliminating the rest of the picture.

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Below is the result. I often will adjust the brightness and contrast slightly at this point but that's about all the processing I do anymore. One thing I do that's very important, is to adjust the white balance of my camera for the photo environment I'm working in (in this case under the tungsten lighting on my workbench). This ensures a relatively true color in the image.

The original image was 3488 pixels x 2616 pixels with a resolution of 240 pixels per inch. I resize the width of the cropped image to 1024 pixels, which is a common computer monitor image width. I set Photoshop to automatically resize the height to maintain the proportions. Then I "Save For Web" in Photoshop which creates a compressed 72 pixel resolution JPG image. When I upload the image to my Photobucket account it is set to resize the image to 800 pixel width, again a common image width found on older computer monitors and quite often the default image size on popular forums.

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I hope this explains what I do and that you all have enjoyed my little photography digression...

Thanx for lookin',
B.

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Posted 27 September 2012 - 05:43 AM

Lookin' great Bernard,
thanx for the photo tutorial...guess i'd better get back to playin' with photoshop
c'ya buddie

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Posted 27 September 2012 - 08:00 AM

Thanks for the Belly Pan info & picture tutorial, Bernard!

Needs to try what I can do with my photo shopping skills, since your pictures are so great, and they look Old School, and fit nicely to this kind of builds. B)

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Posted 27 September 2012 - 09:34 AM

I like it.

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Posted 27 September 2012 - 01:54 PM

Lookin good!


cheers
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Posted 27 September 2012 - 04:01 PM

sweet project Bernard, this should be good!

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Posted 28 September 2012 - 03:23 PM

Thanks again, everyone.

I’ve gotten it up on its wheels. No rear suspension since it will be hidden under the bellypan, just a simple tubular rod connecting the rear wheels. The front suspension is the Revell Deuce kit piece with a few leaves removed. Wheels are the LSR Moon disc set from Early Years Resin. The front tires are Revell ’37 Ford Delivery Van pieces and the rear are truck tires courtesy of Herb Deeks. The level stance, typical of lakes cars, takes some getting used to, I’m so accustomed to the extreme rubber rake of street rods and drag strip racers. It makes me think some more about making up a set of drag strip tires and wheels as an alternative setup. Here are some pics (sorry about the blurry side view…).

Thanx for lookin’,
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Posted 28 September 2012 - 03:24 PM

thats lookin pretty slick!

cheers
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Posted 29 September 2012 - 02:01 AM

Chop, stance and proportions...perfect.

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Posted 29 September 2012 - 07:51 AM

Thanx guys! But... :D

I’ve always believed that dialing in the proper stance on a car is largely a matter of instinct and is difficult to reduce to a set of rules. The stance on this car bugged me, and as much as I knew that a flat stance was historically “correct” it didn’t look right on this particular car. It needed the nose to come down, primarily because of the curvature of the bellypan and the severe chop. The front end needed to “settle in” to the front wheels more. So this morning I took .06” (1.5 scale inches) out of the front height by de-arching the front spring and shaving the front spring mount. Below are a couple of pictures. The top one is a “before and after” with “before” on the left. The second one is a front ¾ view. As you can see the car now has a very slight rake but the shadow line below the bottom edge of the body is largely parallel to the ground line forward to the firewall and then moves only slightly upward to the grill shell. Also, the arch of the front tire now complements the ends of the louver rows. Most importantly, the little man inside my head is says “much better” and will now leave me alone to move forward on this build!

Thanx for lookin,’
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Posted 29 September 2012 - 08:07 AM

That looks cool the stance is spot on now are you puttin anything on the inside or are you just having black glass ?

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Posted 29 September 2012 - 08:30 AM

That looks cool the stance is spot on now are you puttin anything on the inside or are you just having black glass ?


Thanx!

As this thing comes together I'm increasingly inclined to add detail. Chances are I'll do an interior of some sort but I'm definitely running tinted plexiglas in the windows so the interior won't be a great work of art I'm sure... I just want some sort of roll bar and steering wheel to show up.

Edited by Bernard Kron, 29 September 2012 - 08:31 AM.