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Revell Hemi-Hydro Show and Go Drag Boat - W.I.P.

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  • Member since
    February, 2008
  • From: Seattle, WA
Revell Hemi-Hydro Show and Go Drag Boat - W.I.P.
Posted by gbk1 on Monday, October 09, 2017 6:11 PM

I’ve been experimenting with large scale decals to do elaborate graphics and paint effects, and nothing says paint effects more loudly and clearly than “Boat Flake”, the wild MetalFlake color schemes seen on high performance ski boats and hydros. These paint jobs are often done by embedding the colors and matalflake in the gel coat of the fiberglass giving them a special 3D depth  all their own. I’ve discovered that by layering clear decals stock over a metalflake base I can get somewhat the same effect. I’ve done a dew cars with this technique, but never very large paint surfaces like you’d see on a boat.

So…. I decided to build a Show N’ Go Drag Boat of the kind seen in the 1960’s at custom car shows. I’m starting with a late 1990’s issue of the recently re-released Revell Hemi Hydro. The 392 Chrysler Hemi that’s included in the kit (with Chrysler branded valve covers, even) is so sweet that I’ve decided to keep it for an automobile build and I’m substituting a Revell Parts Pack blown Ford 427. Sand for once I won’t be stripping all the chrome off. Instead I’ll be keeping most of it and even doing some Kolor Krome on some of the parts. Here’s the engine block and the Kolor Chromed valve covers, blower casing, accessory drive and ,injector scoop, along with orange ‘flaked engine block:



The Hemi Hydro is pretty basic and the instrument panel is totally blank except for some weakly engraved instrument dials. So I cut the instrument nacelles out of a ’53 Studebaker dashboard and grafted them in place along with a raised trim piece which extends the length of the panel. The trim will be foiled and the nacelles finished with Molotow Chrome paint. I’ll use an auto-style steering wheel as well. The rest of the interior is still up in the air while I research show-style ski boats and come up with a plan. I’ll probably use some of the kit tuck ‘n’ roll panels, though. Here’s the dash as I have it so far:



And lastly, I’ve got the graphics going. The hull and deck were painted with Duplicolor MetalCast Silver Ground paint which gives a pretty true to scale metalflake in 1/25th. I designed and printed a deck decal and applied it. It took a couple of tries but I think I have the basis for the design now. I’ve also laid out the masking panels for the rear and side panels. In the composite below I’ve included the original art for the deck decal, and a picture of the hull and deck the way they are now, with the silver flake base coat and the deck decal applied, giving the red to gold fade and scalloped pattern I’m going after. The areas on the rear and sides that will get the scallop and fade treatment have been masked and the rest of the hull and interior will be painted Candy Red using Tamiya Clear Red. The two pictures of the red boat were done with Photoshop – I haven’t actually shot any color yet, although the masking is in place. The panels you see on the sides and rear in these pictures are mockups and not the final design. Here’s where I’m at graphically at this point:



That’s it so far. This project, while basically simple will move fairly slowly I suspect, since there’s lots of Imagineering and design decisions to make and I enter the strange new world of drag boats. I also have to do the matching trailer while I’m at it…

Thanx for lookin’,
B.

Bernard Kron Keep On Buildin'

  • Member since
    January, 2011
  • From: long island, new york
Posted by chucky on Monday, October 09, 2017 7:54 PM

It seems you're frequently thinking outside of the box, Bernard. I think this is part of my fascination with your builds. You visualize the desired end result and are innovative in your pursuit of that goal. I loved the real Metalflake brand paint jobs of the sixties when done correctly (not that often). The flakes and candies of that era faded quickly (especially the reds). The new style, UV resistant mica-based flake jobs, while sparkly, don't measure up the old-school flake. I have tried all sorts of things in my quest to replicate 1/25 scale flakes and I like what I see in your project so far. Thumbs Up

chucky

  • Member since
    February, 2008
  • From: Seattle, WA
Posted by gbk1 on Monday, October 09, 2017 10:37 PM

chucky

... I loved the real Metalflake brand paint jobs of the sixties when done correctly (not that often). The flakes and candies of that era faded quickly (especially the reds). The new style, UV resistant mica-based flake jobs, while sparkly, don't measure up the old-school flake. I have tried all sorts of things in my quest to replicate 1/25 scale flakes and I like what I see in your project so far. Thumbs Up

 

Thanx Chucky, you're very kind. I agree. The old Metalflakes had an incredible vitality, bordering on harshness, that seems to be missing from the modern paints. Frankly, one might say they were in incredibly bad taste, but that was their charm. The modern paints are far too "polite". Duplicolor has a line called Metal Specks and the silver version is even more coarse and agressive than the Suklver Ground I'm using. At $15.00 a can I decided to go with what I already had in my paint stash, but I suspect the Metal Specks may be even more on the money to get that old time Flake.

Bernard Kron Keep On Buildin'

  • Member since
    March, 2010
  • From: Midwest
Posted by High octane on Tuesday, October 10, 2017 4:11 PM

The boat you're building is a flat bottomed boat and not a hydro. It is lookin' VERY good!

High octane

  • Member since
    May, 2004
  • From: Hardin, MT
Posted by heepey on Friday, October 20, 2017 2:23 PM
I too really like what you are doing graphically with the boat. The big Ford is also a good choice with less weight and more power than the early Hemi.
Dan

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