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Hemi-Hydro Show 'n' Go Drag Boat; W.I.P.
Topic Started: Oct 9 2017, 06:04 PM (60 Views)
Bernard Kron
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Iíve been experimenting with large scale decals to do elaborate graphics and paint effects, and nothing says paint effects more loudly and clearly than ďBoat FlakeĒ, the wild MetalFlake color schemes seen on high performance ski boats and hydros. These paint jobs are often done by embedding the colors and matalflake in the gel coat of the fiberglass giving them a special 3D depth all their own. Iíve discovered that by layering clear decals stock over a metalflake base I can get somewhat the same effect. Iíve done a dew cars with this technique, but never very large paint surfaces like youíd see on a boat.

SoÖ. I decided to build a Show Ní Go Drag Boat of the kind seen in the 1960ís at custom car shows. Iím starting with a late 1990ís issue of the recently re-released Revell Hemi Hydro. The 392 Chrysler Hemi thatís included in the kit (with Chrysler branded valve covers, even) is so sweet that Iíve decided to keep it for an automobile build and Iím substituting a Revell Parts Pack blown Ford 427. Sand for once I wonít be stripping all the chrome off. Instead Iíll be keeping most of it and even doing some Kolor Krome on some of the parts. Hereís the engine block and the Kolor Chromed valve covers, blower casing, accessory drive and ,injector scoop, along with orange Ďflaked engine block:

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The Hemi Hydro is pretty basic and the instrument panel is totally blank except for some weakly engraved instrument dials. So I cut the instrument nacelles out of a í53 Studebaker dashboard and grafted them in place along with a raised trim piece which extends the length of the panel. The trim will be foiled and the nacelles finished with Molotow Chrome paint. Iíll use an auto-style steering wheel as well. The rest of the interior is still up in the air while I research show-style ski boats and come up with a plan. Iíll probably use some of the kit tuck Ďní roll panels, though. Hereís the dash as I have it so far:

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And lastly, Iíve got the graphics going. The hull and deck were painted with Duplicolor MetalCast Silver Ground paint which gives a pretty true to scale metalflake in 1/25th. I designed and printed a deck decal and applied it. It took a couple of tries but I think I have the basis for the design now. Iíve also laid out the masking panels for the rear and side panels. In the composite below Iíve included the original art for the deck decal, and a picture of the hull and deck the way they are now, with the silver flake base coat and the deck decal applied, giving the red to gold fade and scalloped pattern Iím going after. The areas on the rear and sides that will get the scallop and fade treatment have been masked and the rest of the hull and interior will be painted Candy Red using Tamiya Clear Red. The two pictures of the red boat were done with Photoshop Ė I havenít actually shot any color yet, although the masking is in place. The panels you see on the sides and rear in these pictures are mockups and not the final design. Hereís where Iím at graphically at this point:

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Thatís it so far. This project, while basically simple will move fairly slowly I suspect, since thereís lots of Imagineering and design decisions to make and I enter the strange new world of drag boats. I also have to do the matching trailer while Iím at itÖ

Thanx for lookiní,

Keep on buildin'
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