Bernard Kron

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  1. Bernard Kron added a post in a topic '41 Plymouth Gasser Barn Find - Updated 2-07   

    Thanks Dan. This is now completed and the final assembled car is shown Under Glass.
  2. Bernard Kron added a post in a topic Barn Find! - '41 Plymouth Coupe Gasser   

    Thank you all.
    This was a great experience. The rust and dirt just seemed to come flowing out of the weathering powders. Learning about applying the powders both wet and dry, "wet " meaning over a surface wetted with isopropyl alcohol, and "dry" meaning dusting it on a dry surface with a soft, dry bush, was the critical thing. Also, using a soft tissue or cloth to remove pigment where it wasn't working right was important. Much of this was learned from viewing military modelers applying weathering to their subjects on YouTube. The salt technique was very well covered on YouTube by Dr. Cranky. As Dr. Cranky pointed out, the first time you try it you'll apply the salt over more areas than you might have wanted to, which in this case led to the heavily rusted look. The textured corroded areas created then act like magnets for the weathering powder. Eventually you learn to pinpoint where you want your corrosion. I've since started my actual; NNL West model which has far less rust, but much more strategically placed, ,which I hope will ,give it more impact. Even on this one, as I moved on to the chassis and motor I learned to more accurately control where I wanted my weathering. Very cool stuff!
    Thanks again for all the kind words. I'm glad you all enjoyed it!
  3. Bernard Kron added a post in a topic 1946 Chevorlet Panel Truck mild custom   

    Your boss must delighted. Really handsome and immaculately turned out. Great fabrication work on the back half. Also, I'm curious about the decals. Is the "Coit" in gold or yellow? And how did you do the white portions? Did you print your decals on white stock with black edges? Or do you actually have a printer that prints white?
  4. Bernard Kron added a post in a topic my hot rod paintings so far   

    I check in on this thread regularly because not only do I like the paintings, but because it's such a pleasure to see an artist evolve, and it's very rare to see someone's work change from such an early stage. The truck above is, IMHO, your best work thus far. You're starting to "own" your style and your draftmanship and control over line and form is progressing dramatically in your most recent work. I suspect in another year or two what you'll be doing will be almost unrecognizable from even this most recent painting, such is the rate at which your now exploring your options and developing your technique. Thanks for sharing this all with us!
  5. Bernard Kron added a topic in Under Glass   

    Barn Find! - '41 Plymouth Coupe Gasser

    ‘41 Plymouth Gasser Barn Find
    My first “deep weathered” project, done to gain experience in using the salt technique for corrosion and weathering powders for color and detail. This year’s NNL West (March 12th in Santa Clara, California) has as one of its 2 featured themes Rat Rods. I want to do a car for this so it was time to get friendly with Mr. Rust.
    The basic kit was the AMT ’41 Ford Kit. The Gasser part was done by using the gasser front axle and spring from the AMT ’32 Ford Phaeton. The extra power was provided by using a finned head for the (rather obscure) Chrysler Corp. P-series flathead six. The carburetion was achieved by scratched building a manifold for a triple set of Stromberg 97’s. Other than that it’s pretty much out of the box.
    Here are the details and more pictures.
    Thanx for lookin’,
    Chassis and suspension: Kit 1941 Plymouth chassis and rear suspension. Front suspension is  the tubular straight gasser axle and transverse leaf spring from the AMT 1932 Ford Phaeton kit. All other parts from the ’41 Plymouth kit.
    Wheels and tires: AMT Firestone front tires and Goodyear slicks from any AMT kit you’d care to think of. Hand painted sidewalls using Tamiya acrylic white. Front steelies from AMT ’37 Chevy kit, rear reversed offset steelies are NASCAR deep dish items courtesy of Performance Plastics.
    Motor and transmission: Basic motor and transmission from the kit. Scratch built finned log manifold. Triple Stromberg 97’s courtesy of the late Ron Royston at Early Years Resin. Pre-wired magneto ignition from Morgan Auto Detail. Exhaust manifold from the Plymouth wedge head V8 in the kit, adapted to fit the flathead six.
    Paint and finishes: Underlying paint is Duplicolor Red Primer and Duplicolor Hampsted Green Metallic. Special thanks for advice on the salt technique to simulate body corrosion courtesy of countless military modelers and to Virgil Suarez (Dr. Cranky) on YouTube. Weathering powders are dirt and two shades of rust courtesy of Bragdon Enterprises and Raul Perez (Thanx Raul!).

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  6. Bernard Kron added a post in a topic '41 Plymouth Gasser Barn Find - Updated 2-07   

    Thanx guys!
    I thought I’d snap some pictures of the chassis before it got covered up. I’m happy with how the front of the end and the engine compartment came out. Much of it will disappear under the bodywork unfortunately. I should be able to do a formal shoot of the completed car in the next day or two.
    Thanx to you all for following along and for your interest and comments.

  7. Bernard Kron added a post in a topic '41 Plymouth Gasser Barn Find - Updated 2-07   

    I got the engine finished and weathered.  The triple Stromberg 97’s are from my stash of resin pieces by the late Ron Royston at Early Years Resin. The “doghouse” over them is a strip of styrene finished in Testors Metalizer paint and the pre-wired resin magneto is by Morgan Automotive Detail, adapted to fit the molded in kit distributor drive. For those who are curious, the Chrysler Corp. P series flathead sixes had the inner 4 exhaust ports siamesed in pairs which makes the exhaust layout look like a 4 banger. The intake ports were siamesed in pairs which explains the carburetor layout. As mentioned earlier the intake manifold is scratch built and the exhaust manifold is from the kit, it’s one side of the wedge V8 pair, bent to fit the six’s exhaust layout.
    I’m on the home stretch now and should be done soon…
    Thanx for lookin;,

  8. Bernard Kron added a post in a topic Maserati Birdcage Tipo 61   

    Yes, nice save. I would love to know more about this kit and its history. I assume it's a curbside but just the exposed portion of the birdcage would be a tour de force of kit design. Doing it justice, as you have, must be very satisfying.
  9. Bernard Kron added a post in a topic Saw This Today   

    It could be an advertising shoot. Although the rights to use it explicitly requires serious $$$$$. I assume Zemeckis and company copyrighted the image of the tricked out DeLorean. Chris Lloyd (Doc) has been in the press recently saying he would do another BTTF in a heartbeat if it was with the same team.
  10. Bernard Kron added a post in a topic new form of doping for cyclists   

    Actually, the teams run the same frames sold to the public. Make-up weight is primarily in ballast-like areas like axles, seat frames, handlebar thickness, etc. Structural failures are fairly rare these days. In the 1970s when the first carbon fiber frames were being tested structural failures were endemic and fractures due to cracking from gravel impact, for example., was a constant threat. As layups of carbon went from being  unidirectional to today's sophisticated patterns this went away. I'm sure there's a limit to how light a bike can be made and still hold up, particularly in top end competition, but the current weight limit is far from there. probably on the order of 2-3 kg. That's why the motors would be a hard sell for the pros due to their weight, etc. if the limit was lowered or done away with and a certification program substituted.
  11. Bernard Kron added a post in a topic new form of doping for cyclists   

    Actually, I think it's time to do away with the minimum weight, or at least lower it drastically. It would make the team bikes more technically in synch with what's already available to well healed enthusiasts.
  12. Bernard Kron added a post in a topic Making my own waterslide decals   

    Tree House Studio Clear Acrylic High Gloss Coating @‌ Hobby Lobby
  13. Bernard Kron added a post in a topic Making my own waterslide decals   

    Yeah. I used to use the Microcale stuff, applying it with a broad, soft brush. It worked fine. Recently I switched to a craft store clear acrylic in a spray can. Far more even in its coating properties, allowing for a somewhat thinner decal thickness. I suspect your aerosol urethane should work every bit as well. One trick to use in order to conserve decal paper, which can be expensive, is to put a cut line above and below the area that will be printed.Cut your strip of decal and only then spray your sealer coat. This will allow you to gradually use up your sheet of decal paper in a systematic way. In this case I had about 5 inches of vertical height left on my decal stock. After cutting the strip I need I'll still have about 4 inches of paper left to use.

  14. Bernard Kron added a post in a topic new form of doping for cyclists   

    The competitive drive can easily cloud the mind...
    It occurs to me that if the UCI wants to stop the specter of mechanical doping dead in its tracks, at least at the highest levels of the sport, they have simply to eliminate the minimum weight rule and substitute an F1 style equipment certification program. The 1-2 kilogram penalty of the motor and batteries would disqualify them from consideration instantly. The manufacturers have been clamoring for exactly that and the UCI is said to be seriously reviewing the change. With top-of-the-line bikes costing easily $10-12K or more such a program could be readily funded by certification fees. After all, genuine Team Issue bikes are no longer the state-of-art they once were!
  15. Bernard Kron added a post in a topic new form of doping for cyclists   

    Nice analysis Bill. All competitions are won at the margin, so 200 watts for a matter of seconds is huge if you have it and others don't. Recent live tracking of rider output in UCI World Tour competition, the top level, has shown peak outputs for as long as a minute, of as much as a full kilowatt (1,000 watts) when climbing grades of as much as 20% or more. For riders incapable of such peaks that extra 200 watts  can be the difference between blowing up and going to the showers or being in on the finish. For those with the 1,000 watts on tap, well.....
    Most of this hype is being driven currently by an Italian journalist named Claudio Ghisalberti reporting for the Gazzetta dello Sport, the pink colored daily sports newspaper which sponsors the Giro d'Italia (the 3-week Tour of Italy, second only to the Tour de France among major professional bicycle races). and which can benefit from a little controversy. In 2010 Ghisalberti authored a series or articles claiming the dominant time trialist and TT World Champion at the time, the Swiss rider Fabian Cancellara, whose "superhuman" performances is the stuff of legend, was in fact using "mechanical doping" in lieu of chemical means. Ghisalberti even had a YouTube video showing "evidence" - a video which was quickly debunked by several sources - and the whole thing caused quite a sensation. Ghisalberti is now back with a series of new articles claiming a thriving underground among amateur cyclists wishing to prevail in various large international semi-competitive events, sometimes marketed as Gran Fondo, where small amounts of money and prizes, and a good deal of notoriety, are to be had. He claims about 1200 high-end bikes per year are being cut open and retrofitted with this technology - obviously a tiny number, but significant enough to trickle into the lower ranks of the pros and to possibly be used for an occasional critical "boost" by switching bikes, etc. In the end most observers say that the complexity and awkwardness at this point, combined with severely limited battery life, argues against it as much of a problem.
    Ghisalberti has just come out with a new article claiming a new technology, electromagnetic wheels, which offer 60 watts per wheel of boost, and are completely undetectable, all for a mere 200,000 Euros ($210.000) a set! The deal here is that you could arrange to have a "flat", switch wheels, get the tactical boost, "flat" again, and ride away clean! Ghisalberti is serious about his 15 minutes of fame!
    The young woman who got busted, 19 year old Belgian Femke Van den Driessche, turns out to be an interesting character. She claims the bike that got tested is not hers, but instead belongs to a friend, Nico Van Muylder,,who bought the bike from her last year. Van Muylder has come out to confirm the bike is his. Van den Driessche, in a fairly dubious story, claims the bike is identical in appearance to the bike she was to use in the Under-23 World Cyclo Cross Championships and was mistakenly prepared by her mechanic that morning for her use. Someone must have tipped officials off because they inspected her bikes before the race and she did not use it in the competition. Interestingly, although she was among the favorites, she did not finish.
    But wait! There's more. It seems the Van den Driessche family are a pretty unsavory bunch. Here brother Niels Van den Driessche, also a competitive cyclist, is currently under suspension for chemical doping. And her father Frank and dear brother Niels are currently under investigation for stealing some exotic and expensive parakeets from a pet shop last February! They were recorded on security cameras and face almost certain conviction, now that the shop owner has seen their mugs in the local papers and has been able to confirm it was them...