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    1. Kit: , by (VIP/Sponsor) xken is offline
      Builder Last Online: Nov 2022 Show Printable Version Email this Page
      Model Scale: 1/8 Rating:  (1 votes - 5.00 average) Thanks: 2
      Started: 05-02-19 Build Revisions: Never  
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      I built this model as a young lad with my father's help at times and have been intrigued by it ever since and always wanted to scratch build Tommy Ivo's Showboat 1/8 Scale it. Building four engines from scratch just seemed a task that I was not ready to tackle. Recently I have been extremely busy building, designing and developing model ship kits fro M.E. and have been looking for a personal project to keep me from going KNOTS. Anyway I came across a site offering a 1/8 scale Buick Nailhead cast resin Tommy Ivo's Showboat 1/8 Scale engine and after a little discussion reached a fair deal to purchase four engines knowing that some parts would require significant modifications.

      In doing research, I discovered that the Showboat itself underwent changes as it evolved to its final configuration as seen above along with an image of it in its earlier days with no body. Could very well be test runs. I also discovered on the H.A.M.B. site photos posted by the original builder and the replica builder which will be my reference resource. The Revel kit while in its day a good model but has a few major discrepancies the greatest being the oil pan configurations. I have also seen the die-cast model as well which is also creative in some details. Working from photos only and my own research I may also have to get creative with some small details.

      The initial build challenges I for see are the alignment of the four engines and the centerline of the 14 exhaust pipes; two point down on the left bank of engines. Hopefully, Mr. Geometry and Mr. Physics will help me along the way.

      First will be the clean up, drilling and milling of the cast parts. Since I have not done any extensive work with resin Tommy Ivo's Showboat 1/8 Scale I will now have a new learning experience and this will be a mixed media build. If anyone out there has any information or detailed personal pictures please share I will need all the help I can get on information.

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  1. xken's Avatar VIP/Sponsor
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    The decals arrived from Australia and they are just fantastic and easy to apply. I would recommend this supplier to anyone needing engine turning decals and thanks again to Jo NZ for the reference. Not on foil but still a great effect, better than plain color.Not printed on an ALPS printer. Does not recommend spraying clear but use Future wax instead. I will need to buy some.
    This will also be the last Showboat posting here. This has been a fun build and hope some have enjoyed following along.

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    Later today I will be picking up the glass display case. Everyone have a great day and building!

    Tommy Ivo's Showboat 1/8 Scale
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    -craftsmanship is a lifelong project of
    self-construction and self determination
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  3. Jo NZ's Avatar VIP/Sponsor
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    I'm very happy to have been of help, especially to put the finishing touches to such an awesome and flawless model. I just hope that some of your techniques have rubbed off....
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  4. JunkGTZ's Avatar VIP/Sponsor
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    The re-bodied version of Showboat is up for sale! Any takers??? Quite the thing to shake up the neighborhood when you get sent out for a gallon of milk - especially in its station wagon form!
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  5. Scrappyj1's Avatar Member
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    Simply spectacular!
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