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    Quote Originally Posted by NativePaul View Post
    Dr. Jet,
    I think I may have told you this elsewhere, but I am not sure, so sorry if I am repeating myself but if not it could be useful info to you. Did you know that if you add the saltwater snorkel, and a flood chamber down the left side you can make this hull self-righting?
    Yes, you have said that in the past and I have not forgotten, it is good information to know. But since my existing hull is essentially "finished" at this time, adding a flood chamber now would mean re-doing everything inside the hull. I'm going to leave it as-is, since it is actually quite stable as currently setup. I think I have only flipped it once. Were I to build another from a bare empty hull, I would certainly consider it. Who knows, I might build another around that 1112/1.5D I have and take it to another level. Does MHZ make a snorkel, or would I have to cut some foam and 'glass it?

    I have put Hubert on my "Ignore List" and his posts are no longer visible to me. I will no longer be responding to them anywhere. I've asked that this thread be deleted and that I'll start another. It's up to the Mods now if the deletion will happen.

    With that said, I will get back to the topic of this thread; i.e. my "next" project.

    As I have said, it's in the paint shop. The process I am doing on it requires layers upon layers upon layers of finishing materials with substantial drying/curing time (many days) between applications. I am hoping it will achieve the desired result; this is my first attempt at it.
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    Sorry for the misunderstandings enjoying your build.

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    I've already revealed that the New Neu project will be done in the Auric Enterprises theme again. Since I already did that theme on the Micro Scat Cat and one of the MPRs, you might ask: Why another? Well, as I was falling down some YouTube rabbit hole, I came across this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0LsygAUWFs0. I thought this process would make the ULTIMATE Auric Enterprises boat.

    So here's where I'm at in duplicating his process: I've made the exterior of the hull as smooth and joint-free as humanly possible, while blueprinting all the ride surfaces and edges, sanded to 2000 grit. Then primered, filled, sanded, primered again, and sanded to 2000 grit. First coat of base white sprayed on and sanded to 2000 grit. Second coat of base white sprayed on.

    Here's where I think I will deviate from his process: At the end of his video, he talks of the orange peel finish of the base coat creating that, and that the varnish/tint smoothed the final surface to the touch. As sprayed today, my hull has that same appearance: It looks "wet" but on super close inspection, I can see that same orange peel. Some of that may diminish as the paint de-gasses and cures. I think I'll sand it to 2000 after it cures and follow up with Meguiar's polishing compound. Then, I'll coat it with clear, then sand and polish that to as smooth and shiny as possible.

    At that point, I'll continue to follow his process of the chrome and tint.
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    You are right surface prep is everything for painting chrome, if it isn't polished before the chrome goes on you will see the texture in the end result however shiny it is.

    I have used several chromes and chrome golds and all are a VERY fragile finish with the chrome only appearing on the very outer surface of the paint. Cleanliness of the spraying area is of phugely important too, as you cant sand or buff out any dust in the chrome or even wipe of any overspray. Most that I have tried will turn from a chrome to a metallic with just a gentle touch leaving fingerprints in it forever, ink from a Molotow chrome pen is the best I have used, it is fairly forgiving to spray for a chrome, and it can be GENTLY handled a couple of days after spraying, though I cant emphasize gently enough, and buffing or sanding is still impossible.

    To give these finishes any kind of practicality they need to be clear coated but most clear coats turn them into metallic grey almost instantly, there are some that don't, but they all affect the brightness of the chrome to some extent and not all are that hard a finish, I really recommend the Alclad 2 klearkote Gloss for this at least in combination with Molotow, as it is both the hardest and the one that lost the least amount of shininess, you can spray it too.

    If you do brush a clear like in the video, chose as soft a brush as you can find to minimize the chances of rubbing the chrome surface off, while applying the clear when I was doing research on it I saw several recommendations for makeup brushes for this purpose, but I can't attest to that as I have either sprayed it or been doing tiny pieces with tiny and soft modeling brushes.
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    This is the first time I've tried this process, so I appreciate the tips. I think shooting the chrome on with an airbrush may help eliminate the possibility of dust getting on the chrome as it will go on REALLY thin and should only be in the dust-attracting "tacky" state for a short moment. I'll make sure the panting environment is as dust-free as possible. My plan is to have the varnish ready to go on the moment the chrome is dry enough, in order to minimize the possibility of fingerprints, dust, and other contaminants.

    I have no plans of putting ANYTHING on the chrome except for the tinted varnish because I know a clearcoat of paint could kill the chrome effect. He claims the varnish gives a durable finish, and from the video, the brushes do not appear to scratch it. I do plan to clearcoat over the finished product as I have some waterslide decals that will be going on it and I want them sealed.

    I have some soft sable brushes, and even some make-up brushes, so I'll do some testing on my spoons before attempting the final product.
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    Well, I've sanded and polished the white base coat to where it looks like a gel-coated fiberglass hull right out of the mold. I used Barkeeper's Friend and my fingers to clean any possible residue leftover from the Meguiar's and buffed dry with a micro fiber cloth. It's not quite "wet" looking but it looks like the surface of a brand-new glider wing: Smooth and sexy. Held at an angle in the light looks mirror-smooth. I was planning on shooting a coat of clear on it, but now I'm not 100% certain it would be worth the effort. I'd have to sand and polish the clear as well, so I see no advantage in it.

    When I put my nose up against the paint, I can still smell a tiny hint of the paint solvent, meaning that while dry enough to handle and sand, it's not 100% cured. I'll give it a few more days then attack it with some even finer polishing compound (I used the Ultra-Cut 105 thus far) and buff with a micro fiber cloth until my arm falls off.
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    Hold the phone!!!

    I just buffed it out with Meguiar's 50 and it's beginning to get that "wet" look....... It's shinier than anything I've seen from MHZ or H&M. It looks like the bumper of a 1950 Buick.
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    I am excited for you just thinking about it, I think that it is going to look absolutely epic!

    I believe the snorkels were homemade, glass over foam.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NativePaul View Post
    ......... I believe the snorkels were homemade, glass over foam.
    That's what I thought. I may do another Miss Madison like that. Do you have photos of how they did the flood chamber? Looking at my hull, it seems the aft half of the port side of the hull could be walled-off to make a chamber. I kinda wonder if making it too big would make it float at an awkward angle when at rest.
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    It seems like the acrylic varnish I ordered is "lost in shipping". Actually, that is OK as I can still smell a bit of solvent gassing out of the paint, even though it's been several days. I want to apply the varnish within a very short time of shooting the chrome, so some additional drying time for the base coat won't hurt a thing.

    The New Neu Project has "wet" side and a "dry" side of the hull. The "wet" part (that part that is actually in the water) will be gloss white and the "dry" part (the deck) will be done in the AE Gold. I pondered a long time how to make the joint between the two colors. If I did the whole thing in white first, then masked off that portion to be done in gold, the masking tape might make for an ugly paint joint with all the layers required to make the gold. Since the tint will be flowed on with a brush, it could cause a dark shadow edge along the masking tape. Instead, I'll do the gold on the deck first, allowing it to overlap onto portions that will eventually be painted white. Then I'll mask off the gold and shoot the white on the bottom. I think that would make for a better paint joint that will smooth out easily under the final clear coats.
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    If you recall from my first Auric Enterprises boat (a "chopped" BBY Micro Scat Cat - See photo), I painted a light blue windscreen on it. The effect turned out pretty well. For the New Neu Project, I have drawn up a windscreen in AutoCAD with the screen being a solid and somewhat darker blue. I will print that up on some super-thin waterslide decal paper I got from a supplier in Australia. My experience with laser printers and decal paper is that the ink is not fully opaque enough to fully hide the underlying base color; it will allow the color underneath to show through.

    My plan is to take advantage of the translucence of the laser ink with a golden sheen "behind" the windscreen and some of the other graphics I have planned.

    Epic indeed!

    Stay tuned.....
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    Enough cloak-and-dagger secrecy, I am going to reveal the project. Now Paul might chime in that my choice of hull isn't competitive, but that isn't my goal. Just something that's fast enough to wow the locals and look good doing it.

    Here are some progress photos with more to come in another post. I've revised the rudder linkage from what is in the photos.
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    More.

    I printed the proposed decal graphics onto plain paper, cut out the pieces, wetted them, and applied them to check for fit and appearance. I've changed the shape of the windscreen a bit, enlarged the Rolls Royce logos and I'll move the name "Grand Slam" to the rather tiny transom. Hopefully, the gold will show through the windscreen and the yellow areas in the decals.

    Stay tuned....
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    If you haven't noticed, the running gear in this project is all air-cooled. The 11-Series Neu helicopter motors have a very efficient air-cooling system "built-in", so I opted to use some fan-cooled (and waterproof) ODAY RC car ESCs of a suitable amperage rating. The shape of the cockpit and the placement of the ESCs will allow for unobstructed cooling airflow. One of the benefits of sticking with 2S systems is I can use really cheap speed controllers without the headaches that the guys running 8S~10S systems face. Those guys NEED data logging.
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