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  1. Hello everyone One of my most complex projects was finished right on time for the weekend. It was a real struggle to put the top and bottom of the fuselage together. The wind shield was warped at the factory, so I had to use so much force when gluing it together that I just waiting for a suspicious cracking noise. Fortunately, everything turned out well 😅 You can read up the whole build in the WIP section: Hope you enjoy the pics:
  2. The current lights that I have installed are from an Alfa Romeo from the 70s. The shape and size is quite well, but I don´t find them realistic enough for a trailer. By the way, the scale is 1/18.
  3. Thanks for the positive comments @Paul: this is a picture which type of tail lights I wanted to build. Tried to build it several times but the result wasn`t good.
  4. After a short summer break, this project is going on again. Since the boat is almost finished, it was time to build the trailer, using various originals as a guide. Except of the wheels and taillights everything was build from scratch. Since I am not satisfied with the taillights, I would be happy if someone can give me tips on how to build them. Thanks in advance...Steffen
  5. After the clearcoat had almost 2 weeks to dry, the hull parts were sanded wet with 3000 grit. Then I used the Meguiar`s 3-Step Deep Crystal Set to create a glossy finish. The green color looks a bit too bright in the pictures.
  6. Hi Alan. Thanks a lot for you comments. To cut the instrument rings cleanly I use a simple technique: The first thing I do is take a pipe with the desired diameters. Then I cut a piece off by rolling the blade over the pipe until it breaks. The broken piece is for the garbage can. Now I take the pipe and carefully sanding down the cut surface until it is smooth and even with different types of sanding sticks from the drugstore (from rough until very smooth). Then I cut another piece off by rolling the blade over the pipe. This time, however, in the approximate width that the rings should have. Now you have rings with a clean edge on one side and an unclean edge on the other. Now I put a strip of double-sided tape on a small sheet of plastic and put the rings very next to each other on the tape with the unclean edge up. Then I use the mentioned sanding sticks from a drugstore and sand the rings down until I have reached the desired height. By laying the rings next to each other they will get the same height while sanding. As a last step, I sand single ring on the edges and inside with 3000 sandpaper to get a clean surface. I hope that was explained in an understandable way. If not, just write to me again. Making the rings is a very simple and quick process.
  7. I'm not sure if I should use the steering wheel. However, it has pretty impressive details, such as the fine knobs on the rim, which would provide a firm grip if it came into contact with water. On the back I have attached a kind of fastening lock.
  8. The next step was to build the dashboard with gauges lighting matching the exterior color.
  9. My replica is not one hundred percent the same as the original. The upper and lower units are connected to each other with small stainless steel rods after being glued to the hull.
  10. It continues with various little things. On the one hand, it is about recreating the "wing", which is fixed at the tail of speed boats. Maybe someone knows what to call this part. Didn't find anything about it somehow. In terms of function, I would guess that you can use it to regulate the inclination at which the front protrudes out of the water or it just serves to keep the boat steady on track. Here is an example photo:
  11. A couple of holes were filled in the hull and it took a lot of work to remove little spots and straighten out uneven surfaces. After priming, the parts were wet sanded with 3000 grit and then 3 coats of the green color were applied. The paint is an original car paint from the manufacturer Skoda and is called rally green (color code LF6Z). To give the boat a modern look, carbon fiber decals were applied on the top. The next step is to apply the clear coat, wet sanding and polishing.
  12. First off all: many thanks for the nice comments. I really appreciate that! Let`s continue with the propeller-unit and the rudder. The propeller comes from the kit, the rest is scratch build. I will probably not use the little fin that you can see on the left on the pictures.
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