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Tommy Ivo's Showboat 1/8 Scale
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    1. Kit: , by (VIP/Sponsor) xken is online now
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      Model Scale: 1/8 Rating:  Thanks: 0
      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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    Completed the second connecting shield and moved onto making the 32 spark plugs. Using 3/16" aluminum rod I turned the basic shape of the plug with a spacer to index the shoulder for clearance when milling the hex part of the plug. Here is the sequence of making them. They will have to be painted white for the insulator.

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    I am glad they are finally done. My hex bar order arrived so now back to the fuel system parts to finish them up.


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    "In wine there is wisdom. In beer there is strength. In water there is bacteria."
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    Wheels are on there way. Here is a picture from Dancing Bear Components, the wheels are 1-11/16” in diameter and are split in the center for assembly to the tires. He did a fantastic job on them.
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    Those are beautiful!

    They machine from files that you created or are these something they already have the data for?
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  4. xken's Avatar VIP/Sponsor
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    I sent him a CAD drawing with dimensions and he created these from scratch. He sent 3D renderings for approval before CNC cutting them. Visit his website on Facebook.


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    Talk about perfection a perfect press fit into and mating to the tires. These are as good as one can ask for and would recommend him to anyone.

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    "In wine there is wisdom. In beer there is strength. In water there is bacteria."
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    I pondered over the best way to make the spark plug boots and then remembered a product from my past. Plasti Dip a vinyl dip used to coat tool handles and spring clips. A trip to the local hardware store and luckily they had a small can of Black. Next I turned a few brass mandrels representing the outside dimensions of the plug and wire. Make sure they are smooth as possible for easier removal. The mandrels were then dipped just past the mandrel shoulder and let to set until set. Setting in the sun helped accelerate the setting time. Then came the hardest part removing the set boot shape from the mandrel. I found the best way was to counter twist the vinyl shape while pulling hard apart and after a couple of tries it slipped off the mandrel. The boot was then trimmed with a sharp blade to it's final configuration and then added to the plug until needed for wiring.

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    "In wine there is wisdom. In beer there is strength. In water there is bacteria."
    Ken

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    Very nice!
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    Valve seems on wheels?
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    Valve seems on wheels?
    Yes the holes are in the wheels for the valve stems. Will decide later about threaded valve caps, but not working scrader valves.


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    "In wine there is wisdom. In beer there is strength. In water there is bacteria."
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    What a great way to make the plug boots! learn something new everyday. Keep up the good work
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    I broke down the engines and painted all the parts, made aluminum block plugs and polished up the brass parts ready for chrome plating Using Caswell's Plug N' Plate Copy Chrome kit. I found that the best results were attained by first sanding Tommy Ivo's Showboat 1/8 Scale and buffing the parts then scrubbing with pumice and toothbrush in water. Then if necessary copper plating to fill any scratches and fine sanding Tommy Ivo's Showboat 1/8 Scale , pumicing again then chrome plating. Once chrome plated Tommy Ivo's Showboat 1/8 Scale then gently polished with Mother's Aluminum Polish. This was all done on the work bench.
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    Back to plating.


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    "In wine there is wisdom. In beer there is strength. In water there is bacteria."
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