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Revell "Hemi Hydro" (Finished 4/11/16)

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Revell "Hemi Hydro" (Finished 4/11/16)
Posted by OrangeR/T on Monday, February 08, 2016 12:54 PM

Something a bit different, i was having a hard time figuring out what to build next then i saw this kit!! I had the version with the truck with it the boat 20+ years ago, it didn't come out very good and is stashed away somewhere now. I was thrilled to see this kit re-issued, as mych as i love my Mopars and muscle cars, i'm just as much a go-fast boating enthusiast, i grew up on a lake and it's a passion i've had since i can remember! I love these vintage 60's flattbottom V-drives, and this particular boat is 392 Chrysler Hemi powered, best of both worlds!! Kit is somewhat a pain, smoothing out the seems of the 2 hull halves and deck to make the hull look like one soild piece was time consuming! I decided to build it as a trubute to an old V-drive that has run on my lake for 40 years, as kids we dubbed the boat "Purple Monster", and the name has always stuck! Here's the build so far...

2 Hull sides joined...

Smoothing out the bottom sink marks and the seem...

Added the stringers and painted the inside bottom, getting ready to join the deck to the hull...

First round of bondo...

All smoothed out...

Primer...

And paint!! Mopar Plumb Crazy Purple!

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Posted by OrangeR/T on Monday, February 08, 2016 1:08 PM

A few more...

Masked off some deck scallops...

3 coats of clear, i will level sand it then hit it with another 2-3 coats of clear...

This is the boat i'm paying tribute too, we called the Purple Monster as kids, custom built v-drive with a twin turbo'd BBC, she's a monster!!

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  • From: Hamptonville, NC
Posted by TarheelRick on Monday, February 08, 2016 6:26 PM

Great build. Love the paint work.  Do you have any tips on how you got such intricate white separation lines around the scallops?  

Many years ago I was camping beside the Lake of the Ozarks in Missouri and was awakened to a sound that only a gearhead could love.  There were two similar boats, both with 2X4 high-rise V-8's pulling away from the docks; they just cleared the "No Wake" sign and both of them punched it.  Upside down, open headers, ummm, my ears are still ringing.

 

Looking forward to more updates.

I build models because I can't afford the real thing!

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Posted by OrangeR/T on Monday, February 08, 2016 10:33 PM
Thanks! No there isn't any sound like a pair of big blocks running down the lake, and Lake of the Ozarks is known for some serious machines!
As for the pin-stripping, what I do is take my real fine masking tape and mask around the graphics, then with a real fine brush I hand paint the border, similar to how some real pin-strippers do it. What helps is the tape line left from the masking of the graphics themselves, it gives the brush a border to ride against with a gental touch. Hope that makes sense how I described the process. It's a bit time consuming, and requires some touch ups here and there, then once it's clearsed over and sanded you will never see the tape lines!
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Posted by OrangeR/T on Saturday, February 13, 2016 2:44 PM

Cold weekend, good time to sit in the shop and work on a model!

Interior mock up, takes some trimming and fitting to get the side panels and seats to fit properly. I'm also thinking about making some reverse seats to make it a 4 seater. 

Painted the side panels, touch up's required but overall not bad...

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Posted by OrangeR/T on Friday, March 25, 2016 11:10 AM

Still working on the Hemi flatbottom, about 75% done!

All sanded and polished...

Working on the 392 Hemi, added plig wires and working on a fuel system for the 6 Stromberg carbs.

Rear ride plate installed.

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    October, 2008
Posted by oldcarguy on Tuesday, March 29, 2016 10:17 AM

Orange R/T/;

    Listen here ! That is one darned fine example of the real thing .Question ? Do you know how hard it is to launch them with slings ? It ain't easy! But I was the only Marina in the area that would .I finally got the owners to make suggested mods to their trailers and it then made it easy as heck .

   Special boathook for retreival because of the screw and shaft .Some can have the sling strap at the transom.Others can't .The rudder is there .Sooo,you have to strap it between that rudder and the very expensive screw/shaft assembly . Now it twern't easy but " Carol's Harbor and Marina " did it gladly.

     We were in the delta area of northern Cal. By the SanJoaquin/Sacramento rivers . A place called Bethel Island .Right up where "the Duke " ( John Wayne ) filmed "Blood Alley ".   Lotsa pretty boats like that .I liked the Jet version best though .Myself , I had a restored MasterCraft Ski Boat from Cypress Gardens in Florida .

   Even in miniature it's fun to mess around with and in boats . I do it mostly in model form now,  and build the cars for relaxation .   OldCarGuy       P.S. My Employer's son used to peeve his parents .He'd lift his boat ( a Blue one like yours) ,perfectly balanced on one strap .That boat sometimes would hang like that for half a day on our closed days .

gjgeracci
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Posted by OrangeR/T on Wednesday, March 30, 2016 11:35 PM
Thanks OCG! Cool story, yes I can believe those old V-drives could be a pain to hoist and launch with slings! These boats are bears all the way around, they usually have no reveres gear and many times are direct drive with no neutral! Someday I'd love to have an old v-drive flatty to play with but for now I love my 20' Checkmate with 350 sbc and straight thru-transom exhaust, nothing like the sound of open exhuast in a boat!
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  • From: Dartmouth NS Canada
Posted by mikeman on Wednesday, April 06, 2016 4:51 PM

Beautiful job,I was just coming online just to ask what year this boat was so I could deturman what to use to pull it,but now my other question is , what did you use to hold it with to paint it ???

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  • From: Midwest
Posted by High octane on Thursday, April 07, 2016 9:13 AM

In the 90's I got completely away from cars, model cars, etc. and followed drag boat and Unlimited Hydroplane racing. The drag boats like the Hemi Hydro were launched from a trailer and not slung. The Unlimited Hydroplanes were slung and put in and out of the water as they were 30 feet long. I also worked with a couple guys who raced boats that did 132 & 165 mph. Anytime you're doing 50 mph on water, you're flying.

High octane

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Posted by OrangeR/T on Thursday, April 07, 2016 12:28 PM

Mikeman, the boat is of early 60's vintage, about '63 i'd say give or take a year. I've been trying to figure out what to build as a tow vehicle too, i'm die-hard Mopar and i'd like to find an early 60's Plymouth Belvedere wagon to customize to put in front of the boat. As far as how i painted the hull, after all the primer i masked off the top and sides and sprayed just the bottom of the hull first, holding it up in it's side. Then, i masked off the bottom, putting the tape under a little ways, then spraying the top and sides, letting the overspray under the hull take care of any tape line. After that, i put on it's side and sprayed just the bottom with clear, once dry i flipped it over and sprayed the top and sides with no masking underneath, any over spray on the underside wetsanded right off, no tape lines can be seen! Sounds kinda invloved i know, but it's the easiest process i could come up with. I have the boat just about finished now, couple little things left, i'll have some finished pics up soon!!

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  • From: Dartmouth NS Canada
Posted by mikeman on Thursday, April 07, 2016 6:58 PM

Thanks for the info. When I get mine painted I will post some pic...

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Posted by OrangeR/T on Monday, April 11, 2016 5:47 PM

The Hot Rod Hydro, aka Hemi Hydro is finished! Overall i'm pretty happy with it, it's a nice representation of the early '60 flattbottom V-drives that were very popular in the day!

I made my own guage bezels out of some wheel hub parts in my spare box stash, with Testors clear window making glue for "lenses"...

 

Adn here it is all finished and shined up!

 

 

 

 I added plug wires and a coil, fuel rails and braided fuel lines, battery and cables, and water cooling lines to the engine..

 

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  • From: Midwest
Posted by High octane on Monday, April 11, 2016 8:34 PM

Your boat is gorgeous and a great lookin' build at that. I saw a couple boat models at the Milwaukee NNL last weekend and I'm still toyin' with the idea of starting one myself. We'll see.

High octane

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Posted by htown2 on Monday, April 11, 2016 9:16 PM

That's a great looking build! Johan had a 60 Plymouth Station wagon kit that would look great with it.  There's usually a few on ebay.  Here's one that happens to be on there now.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Rare-Vintage-Jo-Han-60-Plymouth-Police-Emergency-Station-Wagon-Model-Kit-C5100-/172163226750?hash=item2815ba5c7e:g:~XIAAOSwSzdXCoEQ

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  • From: Dartmouth NS Canada
Posted by mikeman on Friday, April 15, 2016 6:45 PM

Looks excellent,so much nicer with real wires.Can't get them were I live,no one sells them.And thanks for the advice on painting it,although I glue gunned a plastic rod to the floor LOL.I'm going to post mine now,it still needs some touch-ups  :) 

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Posted by Onekabu on Saturday, October 22, 2016 2:03 PM
Hi, Very nice build.i like it. I have a question,i see where the water cooling lines start but where are they finishing,please?
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Posted by mini man on Sunday, October 23, 2016 12:56 PM

Brilliant!

NowI havean idea for aowwagon,my Transit in progress.

Will build most anything,love American cars muscle etc.Britishvehicles are a buzz too,trucks are great - want to do a jet truck,building parts up...

Nigel.

 

U.K.

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Posted by phil on Saturday, December 10, 2016 8:12 PM

excellent build

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Posted by nicknkim14 on Sunday, December 11, 2016 8:50 AM
Nice...now lets take it out and open it up....

 

nicknkim14

 Builds on the bench-aventador lp700,uno buick regal,10 gt 500,99 cobra,revell car transporter

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  • From: Staines-upon-Thames, UK
Posted by GeeTee66 on Wednesday, December 21, 2016 5:47 AM

Wow!

I'd be happy to see that on my shelf. Beautiful work.

I'd like to see a 1:1 version ripping across a lake, too!

If it ain't fun, don't do it.
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Posted by OrangeR/T on Thursday, December 22, 2016 7:52 PM

Thanks for the compliments, i didn't realize there were new posts lately in this thread!!

Onekabu, the water lines just run back under the engine to the transom, there would be water pick up's under the cavitation plate but i didn't go that far.

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Posted by Onekabu on Friday, December 23, 2016 4:02 PM
Ok Thank you for your late answer ;-)
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Posted by PurpleCamshaft on Sunday, January 15, 2017 7:19 AM

Sweet!!! Paints outta sight!

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    May, 2008
  • From: Myrtle Beach SC
Posted by bob29579 on Sunday, January 15, 2017 12:14 PM

Man, that's really nice. 

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