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  1. Bernard Kron added a post in a topic This could provide a more durable chrome finish than alclad...   

    I've often thought about trying SpazStix Ultimate Mirror Chrome and this beautiful example helped me focus on trying it. I just looked up prices and sources and many listings refer to it as being for Lexan RC bodies. But the SpazStix site itself only lists one type of aerosol Ultimate Mirror Chrome, even though they say it is "specially formulated for lexan plastic". Am I right right in assuming that it works fine for styrene and resin? I had problems a few years back with Tamiya's lexan paint which wouldn't adhere to styrene.
  2. Bernard Kron added a post in a topic 1936 Ford   

    After the initial excitement regarding the Round 2 re-issue of the AMT '36 Coupe kit a while back they've sort of faded. This shows just how nice they build up. Great color and finish and the diorama photography is excellent. Scratch built trailer?
  3. Bernard Kron added a post in a topic ´32 Ford 5w.   

    Ditto here! Very successfully turned out. You might know about this car, the Charles Kraft 3-window from the pages of Rod & Kustom in 1958. It should serve as evidence that this radically lowered look has deep roots in the hot rod tradition. Your model captures it so well!

  4. Bernard Kron added a post in a topic Another Monza build in the mix??? Update 7-16-16   

    Ah, the confidence that comes with knowing your subject! Fearless plastic surgery... So far, so cool!
  5. Bernard Kron added a post in a topic Mustang Boss 429 Funny Car   

    Thanks everyone. I'm glad you all dig it.
    Ron, the rear mounted distributor is left over from the kit's Hemi block. It's not a real Boss 429 - as I noted above, the kit merely comes with a set of Boss 429 valve covers to fit the kit's hemi heads. When I researched Boss 429s I forgot to note the typically Ford front mounted distributor. Given that the kit manifold is designed for the Hemi block I'm not sure there would have been room for it in any case. As it was I had originally mounted the coil at the front of the block but it interfered with the bodywork and I had to move it to the rear.
  6. Bernard Kron added a post in a topic best glue to use on windows   

    I use 5-minute epoxy too. I apply it at key points that I'm sure won't show, then wait 5 minutes for it to set before pressing the clear part into place. It's so strong you can use very little, and it doesn't fog the glass or paint. If there's any excess it can be easily cleaned up with isopropyl alcohol as long as it hasn't hardened.
  7. Bernard Kron added a post in a topic PERIOD HOT-ROD REFERENCE 1930-1949   

    It's under: Home Forums> Social Forums> Hot Rods> Period-correct Hot Rods of the 30's & 40's  started by gwhite, May 23, 2014 .
  8. Bernard Kron added a post in a topic Oops...self-driving cars perhaps not quite ready for prime time yet.   

    Hmmm... (link: )
  9. Bernard Kron added a post in a topic PERIOD HOT-ROD REFERENCE 1930-1949   

    I just tried it again. It seems  to work for me. Here's the resultant link in Internet Explorer 11: 
    Here's the Google search page. The H.A.M.B. thread is the first one on the page. :
    The search was for: Evolution of the Hot Rod; 1930-1949
    It's well worth the trouble to find it.
  10. Bernard Kron added a post in a topic PERIOD HOT-ROD REFERENCE 1930-1949   

    Fantastic! The H.A.MB. is just too huge and sprawling to purposely search across it for such treasures, so thanks so much for posting this. In particular starting Page 2 there's an incredible discussion of the earliest sightings of the use of the term "Hot Rod" and of it's origins. I have always fealt that it was a pre-WWII term since it pops up fully formed in 1945, already well entrenched in the language. That it had a negative connotation was also already clear. Here's picture from this thread that is extraordinary, not only because the reference to "American Hot Rod Racing Club" at the bottom of the ad is pre-war but that its East Coast at that!: The reference to "slab bang racing" and figure-8 racing would imply some sort of jalopy style cars.

    Further along in the thread there are these perceptive thoughts about the term, as well:
    "...racers didn't like the term "jalopy" (for obvious reasons) and it's been pretty well documented that they resisted the term "hot rod" too. At some point in the past, were the terms synonymous (meaning junked out, shoddy, unreliable or unsafe)? I've seen references to the problems of hot connecting/piston rods in both marine and railway literature - typically indicative of shoddy maintenance or worn out components. An engine with a 'hot rod' was quite literally on the verge of self-destruction.

    The fact that a "slam bang" racing event is being sanctioned by a club with 'hot rod' in the name leads me to believe there may be a connection here...

    According to the article the preferred terms were "gow job," "hop-up," or "soup-job". It's interesting to note that these terms come from horse racing, where 'gow' 'hop' and 'soup' represent the "doping" of animals to increase performance. Similarly, in the southwest, a hot iron (now an electric shocker called a 'hot shot') is used to move horses or cattle along with great speed. "hot rod" could have been derived from "hot iron", although it leaves room to question why racers rejected the former and embraced the latter..."
    What's so interesting about the pre-war period is that virtually all the stylistic features of the postwar Hot Rod have been worked out to some degree, and with de-mobilization pay returning GI's would take the hop-up world by storm and fuel the explosion of Hot Rodding as we have come to know it. This thread provides an excellent image of the prototypic pre-war era. Thanks!
  11. Bernard Kron added a post in a topic Ferrari Short Wheelbase Berlinetta   

    Perhaps the most elegant GT Ferrari ever offered. Your model presents beautifully. Lately I've been eyeing the AMT/Italeri (?) version of one of this car to dip my toe in this subject matter, but those p/e Borranis certainly do the business and I am tempted to consider the Gunze kit. Is it a curbside or full detail?
  12. Bernard Kron added a post in a topic Mustang Boss 429 Funny Car   

    Built for the Out-Of-The Box Challenge on the Vintage Drag Models forum, this was the first funny car project I’ve ever taken on. I’m afraid if you look carefully you’ll see some rookie mistakes. For one thing I just couldn't get the motor to fit without cutting down the front of the oil pan. Is this something unique to the Mustang body or is there something I just don't understand about fitting the motor?
    But overall the finished product has the brutish, purposeful look I remember from seeing these cars race. Even though the OOB challenge allowed free choice of decals and wheels and tires it was otherwise very strict, including banning detailing of any kind, including basic engine wiring and plumbing. I’m afraid I got carried away and, besides going whole hog on the paint and decal scheme, I wired and plumbed the engine and cut out the rear window and installed transparent red  acetate  – big time no’no’s which meant an instant DQ. But I enjoyed participating, working on a new subject for me, and have been very impressed with the many fine builds which have resulted.
    These are great kits and very enjoyable to work with. I'm sure I'll be building more of them.
    Thanx for looking,

  13. Bernard Kron added a post in a topic Oops...self-driving cars perhaps not quite ready for prime time yet.   

    Boy is it tempting to jump in on this discussion. The rush to autonomous cars and the internet of things is symptomatic of a high-tech industry that's struggling to get past the initial phases of consumer exhaustion on some pretty big successes over the past few decades. But this is such a huge subject with such profound implications I'd better steer clear of that and focus on autonomous cars per se.
    The big buzz from a business point of view a couple of decades back was the idea of what was then called "recurring revenue" - biz-speak for selling a subscription to a service or to media. The huge success of cable television which had virtually entirely replaced free-to-air TV in the USA was one of the main drivers of the trend at the time. The key to all this is that the user must surrender their right to ownership of the contents and the means of delivery.
    We've come a long way since those early beginnings and quite a few things are no longer owned by their users. For example many people don't realize that they don't actually own the songs on their iPod, just the right to the personal use of them. Your right to duplication and sharing is extremely limited. This is totally unlike buying a CD, let alone a 45 or LP (or a book for that matter), where it was virtually impossible for the publisher to keep track of the subsequent use and distribution of the material. When I went to college, for example, it was common practice to make Zerox copies of book chapters for our course work. No one said boo, probably because their were helpless to enforce the copyright.
    Autonomous driving is a data play. It's all about mapping roads, intersections, etc., and about probabilistic models about what happens on them. This is very complex stuff, and yet we all deal with it every day with our humble human brains. The Big Plan is to rent you a car when you need it that will drive you where the data can get you. The various early phases are already in play. Tesla, for example, is Beta testing one part of autonomous driving, the part that scans in real time the actual situation you're in and adjusts the car's parameters accordingly. Google is mapping roads and testing driverless cars on them. Uber will rent you a car and driver, but eventually you'll just request a driverless car. Or you can rent a car from Daimler Benz's Car-To-Go scheme by the hour and just park it wherever you are when you're through using it. The data-net keeps track of their location and the subscribers who are authorized to use them. When you need one they'll tell you where it is and you just (hopefully) walk to it and, er, Go...The driverless car, or course, will drive to your door.
    Meanwhile cars are getting ever more complex and dependent on automated feedback loops and the sensors that drive them. The weight, complexity and cost of cars is ever increasing as a result. Much of this trend is the result of legislated mandates, often driven by the industries that benefit from them. (Think 5-mile-per-hour bumpers and air bags for early examples.) The idea is that the "quality" is also ever increasing and that this new scheme will take the ever-escalating capital cost and distribute it over a radically larger user base. By eliminating the skill of driving, the potential user base is limited only by the cost of services as a percentage of income, and of the capacity of the network (the roads) to hold them.
    The other big issue is user liability. In theory if the network and everything on it is owned and operated by a government or private oligopoly then they are ultimately responsible for what goes on there. This is definitely not what they want. Uber is fighting tooth and nail in court rooms around the world to avoid being responsible for the activities that occur in the "rides" they make available. But you can't have it both ways. How this shakes out may actually far more important than the enabling technologies being developed right now.
    But ask yourself this: Are you willing to give up your ownership rights as an operator of your automobile? What if you can't afford the subscription fees? Or what if you want to go somewhere that's not on the network? Or what if that part of the network is unavailable when you want to go there? Or forbidden to you? Or.... The current network of roads already limits where you can go to a great extent, but you still own the means of transport and the use of those roads is still very open. All this will change with the Driverless Car and the business model that will accompany it.
    I'm actually quite optimistic that all this will be worked out. That's because I think people are far more aware of these issues than many business and technology leaders think. It may indeed prove to be that much of this technology is simply not needed, or will be used in ways we haven't yet imagined.
    Meanwhile Tesla just had a Big Problem with an unintentional beta tester in Florida.
  14. Bernard Kron added a post in a topic Revell '30 Model A coupe w/inline 6 - final update 7/24   

    The first clearly detailed w.i.p. I've seen of this kit. The bare metal interior bits are especially nice and should be a real hit with modelers. Great bench shots and nice crisp work you're doing! I'm surprised the chassis needs stretching since it's already out there to accommodate the roadster's big nailhead (assuming it's the same as the roadster kit, of course). Should be a sweety!
  15. Bernard Kron added a post in a topic AMT 1979 Penske PC6 Indy Car   

    Super write-up on re-engineering and modifying to get what will no doubt be a superior result. Looking forward to more, more, more...