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A new project for me is this cool unique Hydroplane kit.
Watched these boats race every summer at Sea Fest in Seattle….mostly on TV.

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A pretty simplistic kit part wise but the paint livery and engine detailing are where the challenge is. These ran an aircraft Packard/Merlin v12 engine.

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The black engine here is a 1/32 Tamiya Spitfire engine I am making.

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23 minutes ago, TonyK said:

Ahhhh the old school Hydroplane races. Good luck with your build. Take care with those old decals.

Yes very careful indeed; they look to fall apart if you stare at them too much!

I will paint the copper, red and white parts and just cut out and apply the decal over top

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5 hours ago, David G. said:

Looks to be a fun build.

If this were a $5 swap meet kit, I'd consider using the engine to build a Blastolene knock-off.

David G.

Indeed

Jay Leno has a great video of him driving around a few V12 Merlin engined cars...a Rolls and an Alfa I think they were

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If my mind isn't in Biden mode aren't the decals really stickers? good luck with the build.

I posted these before but here is a comparison of the AMT Allison, MPC/Airfix Mustang and Spitfire Merlins.P1020765.JPG.fa7d02b9d1224b9fc2c353b5ef171a08.JPG

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If your interested in an MPC/Airfix Merlin let me know I have an extra

greg

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Hi Greg

The large decals are indeed a vinyl sticker and the small ones water sliders

I am making a Tamiya Spitfire Merlin and also found a 3D print file for a Merlin I am playing with to get all the parts separated and printed out

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They usually carried them on a low-boy trailer. 

I seem to recall AMT did a boat/ trailer combo kit, but it's been many years and I may be remembering things wrong.

There was also a " O Boy Oberto" ...

"Squire Shop"... " Coors"  and at least 6 more that I cannot remember.

 

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7 minutes ago, Little Timmy said:

They usually carried them on a low-boy trailer. 

I seem to recall AMT did a boat/ trailer combo kit, but it's been many years and I may be remembering things wrong.

There was also a " O Boy Oberto" ...

"Squire Shop"... " Coors"  and at least 6 more that I cannot remember.

 

The real boat and towing rig was for sale! I found a listing photo of it a while ago when researching...will see if I can find it again.

Would be great for them to re-pop this as a kit with a trailer....not likely

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