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  1. OK, may need a little advice here. Working on the cockpit of the hydroplane. I made a dashboard, and ordered a scale steering wheel, also got the only scale racing seat I could find, but does the high back look off on this? If anyone can find a low profile seat for a 1:8 scale that may look better, I may go that way
  2. I saw a few models displayed like that, but I also like the way it sits on my stand. Both are cool.
  3. Thanks, yeah I have these polishing pads, 10 pads that go in series from 1500 to 12000 grit.
  4. Well this is the painted hull, with several coats of clear on it. I still need to polish it down several times and when I put the cowl on I'll have to blend the clear into it. But this gives a basic shot of paint. The decal was an issue because I could print clear backing decals because it's transparent, so had to pick a blue background of closest match. So, you see the square.
  5. Well, I'm not saying it's going to come out as nice as an auto body shop. I've painted a few guitars over the years, and to me, a nice finish is based on the body prep and the clear coat, and not so much the color coat. But that being said, not all areas of the hull was smooth as glass before painting, but hopefully the final product will be to my liking.
  6. This is another interesting "sign" that happen while doing this, and true story. I know I wanted to call it true blue and had some shades of blue I was looking for, so I went to the paint store and was looking through the cans with my wife, and when I saw the color I wanted, look at the name of the paint:
  7. Thanks, I've been doing what I've been doing to finish this boat without any serious pre-planning, So, its been working out so far. I have a few hurdles to cross finishing the upper section so it doesn't look "cheesy". That was the only part about this kit that I was worried about is merging the cheap plastic cowl pieces on top of a beautiful wood mood boat. But I have some ideas to help it along.
  8. Thanks. I painted the boat over the last couple of days. That was the part I was most nervous about, the lines and color scheme and how it would look. I have a few more touch ups to do before posting update pictures. This boat is a good tribute to my dad, hence the name "True Blue" I gave it. (I know a male associated boat name is against tradition but seemed fitting this time).
  9. I've been busy the last couple of days with this. I've put on 3 coats of poly. Plan to continue sanding and coat, but this is enough for now before taping off the upper deck and paint the sides. I plan to poly over all coats together after that to get a uniform finish. Also, as a side project, I made this stand out of some scrap wood in the shed, and I trimmed it off with the two colors that will be on the boat hull.
  10. The Spar varnish is the part I'm up in the air about. Yes, I'd like to maintain the option, but I also did some test pieces of wood, since this will be a woodgrain deck and enamel colored sides with either white or gold line. The spar varnish I had from a previous outdoor project i did has a yellow amber tint when I put it over the colored enamel. I just didn't want to take any chances of ruining the finish after I have it how I like it. But at the same time I like the idea of keeping this RC ready. Unfortunately I already put the first coat of poly on. I'm not sure if spar works the same over poly. I read a few things that says its ok. But, I'll just have to see about as I continue and may do some more tests.
  11. Thanks. I’ll have to look Into that varnish but will probably stick with the poly since I already have some ready go on.

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