Bernard Kron

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  1. Bernard Kron added a post in a topic AMT '36 Ford Roadster   

    Love the section job. It is super-successful - it radically changes the stance and proportions of the bodywork, all to good effect.  Great Modern Rod. I will need to spend some time studying your build thread...
  2. Bernard Kron added a post in a topic Revell '29A CHANNELED Hot Rod Roadster Quick Build Update #3 - Chassis and Interior completion, and photos of completed model...   

    First off, at the risk of somewhat repeating myself, the pictures of the completed OOB channeled version underscores just how valuable these straight out-of-the-box initial reviews are to the automotive modeler. One of the unique things about car modeling (shared in recent decades with the emergence of the fantasy modeling world), is that replicas are only one aspect of the richness of our hobby. These "reference builds" that you have given us, Tim, are rich with important information about what the potential of this kit is to provide each of us with the raw material for our own, personal, "right" version. For this, once again, much thanks.
    I agree with Dennis regarding the issue of the grill placement, and indeed, in the case of the channeled version, whether the Model A style grill should be used at all. The headlight issues are an outgrowth of the need to place and align them with the grill as it is set up in the kit. All of this can be changed to suit the builder's tastes and is part of the fun...
    The side view reveals a couple of things I will think about as I contemplate my first swing at this kit in the weeks to come. First off, it confirms what I suspected, that the raised rear wheel well arch looks most right in the channeled version and the stock height highboy variation would benefit from more body panel as provided by the lower stock arch placements. I will be curious about the compatibility of the AMT roadster shell in this regard.
    Secondly, to my eye there is still too much "air" beneath the body in the channeled version. Even chopping the windshield frame won't fix that. It make me think the ideal variation will prove to be the Deuce railed highboy with a rear end z'd to raise the tires into the position they have in the channeled version. That, combined with the grill shell corrections Dennis brought up, would be a mighty fine hot rod.

    The other approach is to further lower the highboy chassis front and rear, for a radically low channeled rod look more in line with the Red Roadster Photoshop mockup I posted earlier in Tims' highboy buildup thread. This would require both additional z-ing the of the rear end and finding a way to bring the front end down.
    Perhaps these will be my two initial versions, with an attempt to combine the Revell '29A roadster kit with additional parts from the old AMT '29A roadster and some wheels, tires motor and suspension bits from my parts box to get 2 complete cars from one kit.
    Again, all this initial thinking-through of my strategy is thanks to Tim's two OOB buildups since I don't as yet have a kit in my hands.
    And finally, whatever my thoughts might be about my own personal "right" A-bone, the channeled version you just completed is a mighty fine little hot rod, and a fitting complement to the highboy you presented to us just a few days ago,
    Thanx Tim.
  3. Bernard Kron added a post in a topic Revell '29A Hot Rod Roadster QuickBuild UPDATE #4 - Final Photos of Completed Kit and My Final Thoughts   

    Excellent first impressions, very useful!
    My rules of thumb when it comes to parts kits is "The Rule of 5's": if a kit yields the cost equivalent of 5 aftermarket parts for the price of the kit I will buy it with no anticipation of ever building the full kit. Any additional parts used is a bonus...
    So many things for Revell to include in subsequent variations: q.c. rear end, stock buggy spring setup, '40 Ford style flat spring setup, hairpins, big-bolster late 40's traditional interior, flathead or Olds motor, Deuce grill shell, full hood setup, softop, etc., etc, etc. A whole new parts-kit franchise is in the offing!
    And yes, manufacturers need to pay more careful attention to attachment points on the chrome trees! It shouldn't be such a major fail after more than 50 years of this stuf!
  4. Bernard Kron added a post in a topic Revell '29A Hot Rod Roadster QuickBuild UPDATE #4 - Final Photos of Completed Kit and My Final Thoughts   

    Here are two ideas I've had for using the new Revell kit. First is what I believe to be the most beautiful contemporary-traditional rod ever built, the ultimate in Lobeck-style highboys, the fabulous Ed Pink '29A. I almost never build replicas, but I am tempted mightily by this one!:

    The other is in the lowboy mode. When I was contemplating resuming car modeling some 8-9 years ago I was using photoshop to "model" cars I'd like to build. One I want very much to build and would be perfect for the lowboy side of the Revell kit is this one (showing 2 variants):

  5. Bernard Kron added a post in a topic Revell '29A Hot Rod Roadster QuickBuild UPDATE #4 - Final Photos of Completed Kit and My Final Thoughts   

    Thanx Tim. I've been traveling this summer and won't be back to my bench until mid-September, at which time I've got some other projects in line before considering a build based on this new '29 From Revell. However, I figure I'll buy one to get some thoughts going about what best to do with it. I have a small stash of the AMT '29 Roadsters so my inclination will be towards getting the most out of a combination of the two, an exploration of your comment that the Revell kit comes close to being a double kit.
    Along those lines, I think your OOB highboy build reveals that the raised rear wheel wells, easily the most controversial aspect of the new offering, is probably best suited for the channeled variant. The side view of your build shows that the enlarged arch of the Revell body shell only serves to emphasize the slab-sided "verticalness" of the '29, IMHO. So I figure I'll investigate using an AMT shell for the Deuce-railed highboy and build a Revell lowboy largely from the kit.
    While, from a marketing perspective, the Nailhead assures maximum impact, from the point-of-view of someone who has already built far too many hot rods, the Buick is awfully stylized and I'll be inclined, as many others on this thread have already commented, to explore other motor options.
    Regarding the hood sides/Deuce shell issue. Norm Veber already has such a combo included in his excellent '29 A transkit for the Revell Deuce. In the past I have been able to order the hood setup alone from him. The only downside is that they are almost completely smooth and lack any detail. But the fit to Norm's excellent aftermarket grille Deuce grill shell for the Model Car Garage p/e set is perfect. I have used this combo repeatedly, most successfully on my "Challenger" replica from the Deuce of Spades movie. Norm should be encouraged to add some detail to this part as a quick way to bring it to market. Here's what that combination looks like on the AMT '29 A shell (on Revell Deuce rails}: The louvers are raised resin decals from Archer.

  6. Bernard Kron added a post in a topic Revell '29A Hot Rod Roadster QuickBuild UPDATE #4 - Final Photos of Completed Kit and My Final Thoughts   

    I have used the simple headers found in various AMT '39/'40 Ford kits, notably the Tudor Sedan and the Coca-Cola version of the Coupe. These are not standard headers. I suspect stock style headers can be found in various AMT Buick Riviera kits. Here's one application in a Deuce where I was tight for space due to the hood sides:

    Regarding a full-fendered version, the 1/25th scale source for fenders would be the AMT '29 Ford Roadster kit. At a minimum, the fenders wouldn't fit due to the raised rear fender openings on the new Revell body which would require filling the resultant gap. A far simpler approach is to work directly from the AMT kit and adapt various suspension, motor, interior, etc. parts from the Revell kit.
  7. Bernard Kron added a post in a topic Revell '29A Hot Rod Roadster QuickBuild UPDATE #4 - Final Photos of Completed Kit and My Final Thoughts   

    First of all, a pure OOB build is exactly what every new release requires, especially important all-new kits like this one. Reporting succinctly and clearly on the details and approach taken by the kit designers, as you have done in the linked Fotki pages you've included, gives us a clear view of the kit really offers. For this a huge Thanx!!!, Tim.
    Secondly, your review shows what a crisply detailed and modern kit this is. Like you there are aspects of the kit that are not to my liking, including the contemporary rear suspension and the stance issues you mention in your review, but I can't think of a single model car kit I've ever built that made me want to build it exactly as the manufacturer supplied it. Frankly these "shortcomings", unless they place making "my" version completely out of reach, have never dissuaded me purchasing a well engineered and conceived kit of a subject I wanted to model. To a traditional hot rod modeler like me this kit screams "buy me" and will join the venerable Revell Deuces among my bread and butter "stash kits".
    As I followed through your review it occurred to me what a brilliant donor kit this is to build an "ideal" Deuce highboy by combining it with the original issue Revell kit for the body and main frame rails and the '29 for the chassis details, suspension, wheels, tires, front suspension mounts, headlamps and taillights (I love how thin they are).
    Now for my aftermarket wishlist:
    Two piece headlamps with chromed rims and painted buckets.Leaf spring rear suspension conversion kit.Deuce grill shell kitHighboy full hood kit (for either the stock shell or the above mentioned Deuce shell).I hope we can see an OOB review/build up of the channeled version soon.
  8. Bernard Kron added a post in a topic '57 Ford Nostalgia Ride   

  9. Bernard Kron added a post in a topic First detailed look - Revell's '29 Model A Hot Rod Roadster ...updated with photos of completed builds of both kit versions   

    A superb First Look, Tim. Well worth the time to peruse all 71(!) pages. A brilliant kit, detail objections not withstanding. Your comment at the start of your review that the kit is virtually 2 kits should be taken very seriously. I for one have amassed quite a little collection of AMT '29 A Roadsters and, based on your review, the AMT body shell looks quite compatible with either frame. Hopefully that will be the case and I can enjoy the best of what was one of AMT's finest kits combined with what promises to be Revell's newest and finest. For sure this kit will figure in my kit-bashing arsenal whether this is the case or not...
    Thanx again,
  10. Bernard Kron added a post in a topic If you could only choose ONE photo of any of your builds, wich would it be?   

    I'm so glad to see this thread revived. So many cool builds, cool stories and cool memories...
    Has it really been 6 years since I posted on this thread (and 7 since I started building car models again...)? A lot has happened since and I thought I'd update my favorite photos. Along with my skills in modeling, my photography skills have gone through some improvements, so here are 2 pics which I'm most proud of, both for the models in them and because the photos capture the "vibe" of the model as I see it.
    The first is from a model completed in 2013, but the picture was taken more than a year later as my photo skills got a major upgrade. I went back and re-shot the model because I considered it one of my best efforts up to then. I especially like the sharp focus and the lighting.

    The other is from a few months ago and its a sense of drama and realism that it evokes for me that ranks it among my faves.

    I hope you dig 'em.
  11. Bernard Kron added a post in a topic Tony Adamwoicz F5000 ride @ Riverside in 1969   

    Everything about this is wonderful. Good on ya Curt, indeed!
  12. Bernard Kron added a post in a topic Would like a sun visor.......   

    Modelhaus makes a swamp cooler. It's called a "30's - 40's era dry ice cooler". Here's a link:  You can also make your own visor to fit from styrene sheet. I made one recently. Here are some pics:

  13. Bernard Kron added a post in a topic If money were no object, what car would you buy?   

    $$$$$ for a "team" to take care of things... That's how its done.
  14. Bernard Kron added a post in a topic Red White & Blue Models   

  15. Bernard Kron added a post in a topic If money were no object, what car would you buy?   

    Limitless funds to buy any car, impractical or not = one of a kind, irreplaceable classic. Mine would be this one, 1957 Maserati 450S Costin Zagato Le Mans Coupe:

    But what would be my streetable, money no object contemporary equivalent? Perhaps to have the Raeli Ferrari F80 Concept built and developed...:

    Otherwise, if I had to write the check and take delivery of a production car then the current leaders are most likely the LaFerrari or the Lamborghini Veneno shown above.