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Bernard Kron

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  1. Thank you, Dan! I’ve been working on the decal, which, as was usually the case on this era of diggers, is very simple. Basically the name of the car. There will be trade decals, as well, but I’ll probably use stock decals from kit sheets unless I have some serious fit problems. My challenge right now is to find a service that will print decals for me from my art since I’ll need to do white and gold.. I recently taught myself the rudiments of vector graphics software and I can supply master art in any of the commonly used formats ( i.e Adobe Illustrator .ai file, Corel Draw .cdr files, or
  2. Thanks Marcos! I got the basic paint scheme laid down. The base color is white done by applying three coats of Duplicolor Clear over Duplicolor white primer. Then the panel edge stripes were created by masking the white areas I wanted to show. Finally Testors Purple-Licious metallic purple was applied. The other item completed was the roll over hoop and brace which were made by bending some aluminum tubing to shape. The tubes will be polished with Simichrome. Right now there’s a fair amount of cleanup to be done on the paint scheme to straighten up the edges and deal with any minor paint
  3. Thanks Guido. I got the motor and cockpit area assembled. The cockpit is straight out of the box from the AMT Ivo/Too Much kits with minor adjustments to account for the rear axle having been moved forward. A shortened tie rod will accommodate the radically shortened wheelbase. The motor is the Dodge 392 Hemi from the AMT Bantam Blast kit including the blower and the valve covers. The Enderle barn door injector is from the Revell Tony Nancy Double Dragster kit and the blower pulleys and drive belt are the Ivo/Too Much kit with the idler pulley bracket adapted from the Tony Nancy kit. The
  4. Thank you Mike. As we both know, despite their enormous significance in hot rod history, dragsters, especially front engine dragsters, are less appreciated these days than the competition cars that succeeded them, the "door slammer" muscle cars and super stocks, and the pure racing machines, the altered wheelbase and funny cars that evolved from them. But that doesn't prevent us from appreciating the shear grace and purity of these minimalist tube-frame exercises in mechanical efficiency, especially in the period before they grew unwieldy as they literally were stretched out to and beyond 200"
  5. While I build mostly hot rods, customs and straightline racers, I’ve gone since the end of 2019 without build a drag competition subject, instead building a couple of sporty cars, a Ferrari 250 LM and a Lotus Seven, in 2020. So this project is kind of going back to my roots. The inspiration was a chute pack rear body offered on eBay by Joe Curtis at Fremont Racing Specialties. My favorite length chassis front engine digger is on either side of 150 inches for the wheelbase. So, because Joe also offers a variety of different length dragster nose shells I ordered a short length to match. I’ll sti
  6. Entries continue apace with only one week to go! Too many to count accurately for these tired eyes, but there are clearly several hundred, closing in on the standard shown by the physical show. And as I suspected, it looks to be nationwide, if not worldwide, in scope. I encourage you to join in on the fun! I'm not sure if it it's relevant, but I was the OP on this thread.
  7. The first months of the new year means NNL West for me, the one car model show I'm sure to attend each year. Even though I live in Seattle, Washington and have to fly down to central California to do it, I've been going since 2008. Last year we got in a real live show just before the Covid19 shutdowns. But this year we're just battling through what we all hope will be the end of this thing and NNL West 2021 had been canceled. Until a few days ago... Roy Sorensen, one of the chief organizers of NNL West each year, in conjunction with Fine Scale Modeler magazine, has put together a vir
  8. Thanks Alan. The decals were high risk and only done because I still don't airbrush, which would be a far better way to do it. But I do like the overall look that I got. And, as always, your thoughts are very much appreciated.
  9. Beautiful craftsmanship on your project. I did a '29 based on the 555 car a few years ago and researching it gave me a real appreciation for the workmanship and detail that went into cars like the Triple Nickle and the two versions of the Tony Nancy car. Capturing that aspect is one of the great challenges of doing these things in scale. I think you'll pull it off. Build on!
  10. Thanks one again to you all! I don't know about beating out the Ala Kart, but that era of show cars, with their obvious 50's hot rod DNA, certainly inspired this build.
  11. Thanks Gary. Your great fade paint jobs were, and remain, the inspiration for my experiments with this decal technique. As I've said elsewhere, I gotta solve the ventilation problem which is preventing me from learning to airbrush!
  12. Thanks so much to all of you for the exceedingly kind comments. I'm a pretty improvisational builder so I never know for sure how these things will come out. I'm glad it's made a connection with you guys. Now that the dust has cleared on my workbench and it's found its place on my shelf now I'm starting to dig how it looks.
  13. Thanks to you all for the kind words and appreciation. This started out as a casual project to get rid of some spare plastic in my stash but turned out to be a far more ambitious build than I had counted on. The turning point was the wheels and whitewalls which, along with low profile Phantom Vicky Duval windshield, pointed the car firmly in the show rod direction. A 50's style traditional rod would have been far simpler to do. The high-risk stuff included the tonneau cover and the large decals used to do the fade panel paint job. Frankly I'm surprised it came out as well as it did. And I know
  14. Here's my latest Deuce, just completed. A decapitated Revell Tudor to make an early 60's style "Tub" show car: More pics and build info Under Glass here:
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