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Bernard Kron

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  1. This will be the final update. Everything’s done except for the final “beauty shots” photography. My biggest concern was the windshield area, in particular the wind wings. As mentioned earlier, the wind wings were cut out from a Revellogram 1/24th scale ’32 Ford Roadster kit. The version I had parts from had filigreed engraving in the corners of the wind wings which had to be sanded out and then polished. Then I trimmed away the main windshield glass being careful to preserve the mounting brackets which I reshaped to fit the full height windshield from a Revell ’32 Ford Highboy Roadster (1/25th scale) kit. The brackets were finished out in Molotow chrome. Then the wind wings were epoxied to the windshield frame. As it turned out everything went off with minimum drama – much to my relief… The wheel covers from an AMT Double Dragster kit were a perfect fit to the Revell ’48 Ford steelies so no dramas there, either. Phew! Below is the final summary composite shot, showing some close-up details of the rear roll pan area, the wind wings, the final front view featuring the front fenders, motor and chrome wheel discs, and an interior shot showing the full width photo-etch dashboard from Replicas & Miniatures Co. of Maryland. The next post will be Under Glass. Thanx to all who followed along, B.
  2. Thanx Bob! I’ve just about got this project wrapped up. I got the body mounted to the chassis, the wheels and tires glued in place and the grill and headlights installed. I made simple tubular headlight mounts from Plastruct .020 butyl covered wire and mounted the small King Bee style headlights that come in all the 1/25th Revell Deuce hot rod kits. The model is starting to drift slightly from the box art. Almost all of this is being imposed on me by the realities of using the Revellogram kits. For example the headlights are mounted much lower than in the illustration, but mounting them up high would look odd using the small headlamps so I chose a lower, better proportioned mount. You might notice that I didn’t use a stock style firewall either, despite calling it out in the introductory post. It turned out that the only way to get the Revell Hemi from the 5-window Deuce kit properly mounted required using the inset firewall that comes in all the 1/25th Revell Deuce kits. But some of the most critical details still remain including mounting the front fenders, the windshield and the wind wings, and the shiny chromed Moon-style wheel discs, all important components of the box art. Below is a summary composite photo of the recent work. Thanx for lookin’, B.
  3. Recommended Handle for #11 blades

    Thanks for the input so far. John, all my all-metal handles like your recently purchased Excel have that problem, either when new or over time. Peter, the Fiskars looks nice, similar in approach to the soft handled Excel, with the hexagonal knurled knob at the ton for tightening and to keep the knife from rolling. It's definitely on my short list now, since it's an opportunity to get a non-Excel, although the handle color geature is a nice touch. Keep your comments coming! The more options to consider the better!
  4. Recommended Handle for #11 blades

    I just had my favorite hobby blade handle wear out. It was an Excel soft grip. The soft plastic just above the blade jaws starting giving out about a year ago and finally split so that the handle no longer holds my blades reliably. There was a lot I liked about it and I can't complain since it lasted almost 10 years. The various aluminum blade handles with the knurled tightening portion just above the jaws never held the blade as surely as the Excel, but the way the handle was designed it was just a matter of (a very long) time before it wore out. I wondering if there are other handles out there that I might consider. I can't think of a more important or basic tool on my workbench so cost, within reason, is not my primary consideration.
  5. This is a brief update but actually reflects a fair amount of work, mainly on the chassis, and the final fit of the main body to it. The chassis is now complete. IU decided that the undercarriage should resemble the AMT kit as much as possible. I deleted the modern hot rod front and rear suspension setups from the Revell kits. The rear suspension is adapted from Revellogram ’37 Ford Truck and Delivery Van kits including the rear cross member, transverse rear spring, and rear axle. The rear axle was narrowed to fit the ’32 Ford body width. The front suspension is based on a Monogram ’40 Ford pickup dropped front axle and spring. As on the AMT kit, the front and rear shocks are Houdaille van type (so-called “friction shocks” but actually hydraulics). They are out of Revellogram ’30 Ford Sedan kit. Both sets of control arms, front and rear, are sourced from a Revellogram ’37 Ford Delivery Van, but swapped so that the rear set is mounted at the front and vice versa in order to fit the dimensions of the ’32 Ford frame. The steering is a combination of the Revell ’32 Ford steering box and some fabricated bits. The taillights are the ovoid ’48 Ford pieces from the various Revell Deuces, thinned down for a more realistic appearance. The license plate frame is the kit piece from the Rat Roaster kit to match the Rat Roaster rear panel. I also began work on some of the more challenging small details. I am adapting the wind wings from a Revellogram 1/24th scale ’32 Ford Roadster kit. They come with etched floral patterns on them and I was able to sand and polish them out. They will be adapted to a Revell 1/25th scale Deuce Roadster windshield frame which, like the AMT version, will remain stock height. I will also fabricate tubular headlight mounts for the small Revell Deuce headlamps. Below is a summary composite picture, showing the completed body and interior mounted to the frame with the wheels mocked up in place and a view of the completed undercarriage. Thanx for lookin’ B.
  6. Real "Period Correct" Speed Racer Mach V

    The execution of this wonderfully imaginative idea is so well done that it stands up handsomely to the merciless close-up photography you've provided. All the better to enjoy the meticulously correct detail work you put in it. It's totally believable in every way, somewhere between what Bill Devin and Jim Kellison would have created had they collaborated on a race-worthy successor to the Devin SS, and the last-gasp success of the Chaparral Mk I in its final year as it it did battle with the rear-engined lightweights, all scoops, flaps and air dams. Suddenly it's 1963!
  7. Thanks Dave! That's Duplicolor EBGM05337 Bahama Blue Metallic lacquer over white primer. It's looks a little saturated in the most recent picture. The earlier photo without the decals is a closer approximation. Once its cleared, though, the decals should really pop!
  8. Thanks guys! I’ve got 4 modeling projects going at once right now, two of which required custom-printed decals. The decals arrived yesterday and it was time to apply them to The Deuce (that’s the name AMT gave this model on the box of the first release). They came out very nicely indeed and the fit was exactly as I intended, allowing not only for the different proportions of the Revell body (vs. the AMT original) but also the oversized and distorted artists’ impression of the kit decals as represented on the on the box art. While waiting for the decals much of additional work required got done. The chassis is near completion and will be the subject of the next update. In order to finalize the chassis modifications I had to complete the motor as well. As mentioned earlier it’s the Hemi from the Revell ’32 Ford 5-window. The GMC 4-71 blower is from the Revell Roth Beatnik Bandit. The super-detailed Stromberg 97’s are 3D printed pieces from Maple Lead Modelworks and can be found here: https://www.shapeways.com/product/BFYHQDNSX/1-25-6-pack-stromberg-97-carburetors?optionId=63101329 . The carb stacks are styrene tubing finished with Molotow chrome. The period correct chain drive is one of the few AMT parts I’ll be using and comes from a ‘39/’40 Ford Tudor kit. The interior got finished out, too, and is ready to slip into the body. Assuming the chassis mods go OK I’m pretty much ready for final assembly. Shouldn’t be too long now… Thanx for lookin’ B.
  9. Realistic Speed Racer Mach V - Completed!

    Zowie! That interior came out great - well worth all the effort you obviously put into it. Despite the inherent "rightness" of the concept itself, I think the interior is what will make the model since it, as much as anything sells the realism theme. By your standards this a "quick build". You certainly know where to place the emphasis You should have fine time tomorrow showing the results!
  10. 32 Ford Highboy Roadster Streetrod

    I saw this in the recent newsletter you sent out and I was impressed not only by the quality of the result, but also the rigor and discipline involved in getting so many of the details right. Quite the replica build! And the Gloy Lo-Boy is perhaps my favorite car from Roy Brizio's shop. The proportions and inherent sophistication are just staggering. You can see Tom Gloy's influence as a road racer and it exploits everything that Brizio does so well. If anyone can do it justice you're the man!
  11. '32 Ford Tudor Resto-Rod

    Like many of us, I’m certain, I often get inspired by the articles and photographs in The Rodder’s Journal for my hot rod projects. Last year I built a jet black open-wheeled ’32 Ford Tudor inspired by a feature article about George Poteet’s 2017 Street Rod of the Year winning car. While not identical, since I seem to be congenitally incapable of building true replicas, it came close. The closing 2-page spread, the traditional panel with all the detailed specs, showed the car paired alongside a stunningly handsome unchopped, full-fendered Tudor belonging to John Kokoska. It looked virtually stock excepted for some striking big ‘n’ littles based on ’37 Ford truck “artillery” wheels and a tasteful rubber rake. Even as I was building that first Tudor I already knew I would have to build a companion full-fendered version. Inspired by the Kokoska car, I’ve made some changes. Most obvious is the two-tone maroon (Tamiya TS-11 over Duplicolor Bright Red) and black (Duplicolor Universal Black) paint scheme. Also, perhaps less obvious, is a mild 2 ½” top-chop. The wheels and front tires are from a Revellogram ’37 Ford Delivery Van and the rear tires are my go-to traditional rod rears, Herb Deeks bias ply truck tires. Most of the rest of the car is straight out of the box Revell ’32 Ford Tudor. The small block Ford V8 gets the same hop-up I did on my Poteet-inspired rod, a Cobra-Jet 3-carb setup courtesy of BNL resin. The front suspension was lowered by removing 3 leaves from the front spring, and the rear suspension lowered a like amount, so that the rake on the car will be due to the difference between the tire diameters, like on the Kokoska car. This is a relatively simple project, although the wheel and tire swap combined with the full fenders and the lowered suspension has required a surprisingly lengthy process of fettling to get things fitting right. This w.i.p. would be very brief since I’m ready for glass, foil and final assembly. But, while I’m waiting for some custom decals for a couple of other projects this seemed like a proper candidate for some bench time. Thanx for lookin’, B. Last year’s Poteet inspired fenderless Tudor: The John Kokoska full-fendered Tudor in TRJ: My progress so far:
  12. Mr. Speed '53 Studebaker

    One of the most original subjects for a Box Art Build I've seen in a while. Surprisingly straightforward once you crack the code. I'm your sure you'll do it more than justice. Looking forward to seeing more, more, more...
  13. Porsche Outlaws & Hot Rods

  14. Porsche Outlaws & Hot Rods

    A competitor to Porsche in the immediate postwar years until up to around 1960 was Denzel, a VW based sports car with a similar approach to bodywork.
  15. Show Your T's

    While I build an awful lot of hot rods I have built precious few T's. Here they are... 25T Altered 25 T-Bucket 27T HighBoy 27T LoBoy