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On 9/7/2020 at 2:41 PM, Eddie Cremer said:

Both the cars, and the boats look absolutely fantastic.  Does the 'Bird come with the "hidden headlights" inserts shown in the box art?

Eddie....there's a story there....(yeah, I know, there's always a story with my model projects, right?  :)  ). 

Anyway,  the kit box shown was a one-time AMT release back in 1968.  The Firebird was actually a "guess" by AMT as to what the 1968 Firebird would look like, because MPC had scooped up the Firebird promo contract and AMT was denied the design information from GM that year.  The kit was itself was adapted from AMT''s prior 1967 Camaro annual kit, and yes it contained those hidden headlights, but other than that the kit was a real zero.  In addition to the regular annual kit release, AMT paired the same kit with their newly retooled "Hull Raiser" drag/ski boat kit , which itself was a major revision of their c. 1963 Rayson Craft Trophy Series kits (the lavender metallic and candy blue boats in the pictures at the beginning of the thread). 

While that's the story on the kit box, the model car pictured was actually the Revell 1968 Firebird 400 Ram Air kit introduced around 2000,  built showroom stock other than the wheels and tires, and painted MCW Automotive Finishes 1967 1/2 & 1968 Pontiac Verdero Greeen Metallic.  The boat was the Hull Raiser kit (actually, the same kit but sourced from the c. 2005 Model King 1970 Pontiac Bonneville Convertible/Ski Boat combo kit).   It too was built largely box stock, but with a Pontiac 421 Parts Pack engine (can't recall if it was the AMT or Revell Parts Pack version) replacing the boat kit's 427 SOHC Ford, to better match up with the tow vehicle. 

Yep, way too much info, but since you asked.....and thx for the comments on the models!   TIM

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On 9/7/2020 at 12:51 PM, espo said:

I have always enjoyed your boat builds and wished that more of these kits were made available. Your builds inspired my to build this a few years ago.  

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David...very cool to hear you were inspired to build this one. 

Really liking the matching paint layouts, and the matching Chevy Rallye wheels on the trailer, too.  Your boat engine looks like a Chevy Rat Motor, yes?  And the Jet Drive, was that Steve Perry's Calnaga Castings version or something else? 

Anyway, really well done!  Cheers...TIM

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All.....really, really pleased to hear your interest in 1/25th scale boat and drag models.  

Try as I might, I could never get the former Editor of the other model car mag to even consider running a 1/25th scale ski/drag boat project, but Gregg and Harry not only indulged me in running my ski/drag boat kit history article (around 2007 or so) but also ran several how-to articles on some of the boat projects shown above.  If you are considering building an actual model of these, and you have a Model Cars mag back issue collection, may be worth looking up those old articles for some ideas and inspiration.  

In the meantime, you can see 175 images of my entire 1/25th scale ski and drag boat collection of completed models here....both overall and detail shots, and some in-progress shots of several of the projects like the Turbine boat and the Allison V12 boat (and yes, not only was there a real one, but it was a winner at the Salton Sea 500 races in SoCal... 

Thanks again for your comments and thoughts on this....TIM 

 

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3 hours ago, tim boyd said:

Tom...that sounds like a great project.  Which boat were you thinking of pairing up with this?  TB  

I have the Hemi Hydro repop that I narrowed a bit (as far as I got) and I have a sealed repop of the AMT Customizing 3-n-1 boat. I have in mind a nicely polished Chris Craft style boat. Any ideas?

Later-

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Here's my very own "Old car/Hot boat" combo in real life.  Mach 1 Ram Air towing a blown Hemi powered '65 hydro!

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15 hours ago, tim boyd said:

David...very cool to hear you were inspired to build this one. 

Really liking the matching paint layouts, and the matching Chevy Rallye wheels on the trailer, too.  Your boat engine looks like a Chevy Rat Motor, yes?  And the Jet Drive, was that Steve Perry's Calnaga Castings version or something else? 

Anyway, really well done!  Cheers...TIM

Tim, Thankyou for your interest. I went with the all Chevrolet theme on this. The Boat engine is a Big Block and left over Blower parts all from the parts stash.  The engine got turned 180 to match the Jet Drive set up from Calnaga. Can't say enough good things about their parts as I also used the Interior kit as well. I added Diamond Plate Steps on the trailer along with lights and License plate. The two tone paint job was to simulate what I had on a 1:1 boat years ago. Some minor smoothing on the Chevelle Wagon including the Hood and Tailgate, and tinted the windows. I always liked how you had your tow vehicles sharing paint treatments with the Boats. Only the High Bucks guys would do that in the past, it does cost a lot extra in real life.   

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Wow, well done. Do some of these look familiar? LOL

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