MPC Chrysler Hydro-Vee Plastic Model Boat Kit
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MPC Chrysler Hydro Vee Boat Model Kit


mpc chrysler hydro vee boat model


mpc chrysler hydro vee boat model


An MPC Chrysler Hydro-Vee plastic model boat kit.

The kit is 1/18 scale so it's large enough to have an easy time of building. It's also the right scale to load up behind your favorite 1/18 scale diecast car or truck.

The entire kit is plastic. The tires / wheels are also plastic, so you have to paint those accordingly. There is one metal axle to use with them, and the wheels will roll when assembled.

The metal axle will be visible once the trailer is assembled, so you may want to install a tube (such as a piece of plastruct) across the frame rails on the trailer, which you can then slide the metal axle through. That will make it more realistic looking.

The main parts of the boat are the upper and lower hull. These fit together well, but you will need some clamps to help them glue togeher better and flush. Not because the kit is bad but simply because they are large pieces and need a bit of help staying flush together all the way around.

The interior is simple enough. If you install the seats as the directions say they will be able to swivel around. The dash has some wood grain engraved on it which you may want to sand off if you're not into the fake wood look.

The outboard motor is two main parts with a separate propeller. It's tricky to mount on the back of the boat. I recommend gluing the mounts to the engine first. Be sure and test fit many times to get the angle you want off the back of the boat as far as placement.

Once those parts are dry, then glue the mounts and engine to the rear of the boat hull (be sure and scrape off any paint that will interfere with getting a good bond beforehand).

The trailer itself is made up of only a few parts. There are a lot of molding lines, a few minor sinkholes, and some injection mold spots to mess with. This depends on how smooth and perfect you want the boat trailer to look. (most boat trailers are all beat up anyway).

I used pieces of black felt glued to the two parts that support the hull. It looks real, but also protects the painted hull from scratches on the model.

The decals went on with no problems at all and worked well.

The boat is painted a light blue (paint from Lowes) and a dark blue for the inside floorboards. The trailer I first painted white, like some images I saw online with Chrysler boats, but I didn't like it, so I repainted it the traditional aluminum silver color.

Some of the inside of the hull is visible from inside the boat, so be sure and paint that before assembling.

I added a few rubber hoses to run from the engine to under the deck similar to what a real outboard would have.

Overall I had fun building this boat. I bought two at one tme, so now that I've built this one I know I can build the next one better.

I recommend you get a couple. Chrysler boats came in many different colors so it's wide open as to what color you may want to paint it.



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