Actually, Boyd did see it. I finished it before he passed. It was on the model contest table at Goodguys Southwest Nationals the last time Boyd was here. One of his guys spotted it and commented on it. He thought it was cool enough that he came back later with Coddington to show it to him. Boyd checked it out, laughed and smiled, and gave it a thumbs up. But he wouldn't be photographed with it. I don't think he liked baby dump green fire trucks. At least, that's my story and I'm sticking to it!
PS: Almost forgot! The hoses are bulk elastic, obtained from a sewing supplies store.