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    Default "The Gecko" aka Miss Geico

    Just finished polishing the clearcoat on the new paint. Time to get busy. She's gonna be a twin. I've had this one in the works for about 3 years and have had the parts and hardware for over 2 years. I'm also planning on machining some pretty cool stuff for her too. Oh, and this was my first crack at a professional paint job. What a learning curve. Lots of mistakes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ScottSpanker View Post
    Just finished polishing the clearcoat on the new paint. Time to get busy. She's gonna be a twin. I've had this one in the works for about 3 years and have had the parts and hardware for over 2 years. I'm also planning on machining some pretty cool stuff for her too. Oh, and this was my first crack at a professional paint job. What a learning curve. Lots of mistakes.
    I like the gold. What kind of paint did you use and do you have the paint code?

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    Great work. Painting well is not easy
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    Thanks guys. Createx auto air. Candy pigment yellow shot over metallic gold. Hotrod sparkle white mixed 50/50 intercoat clear shot over whole boat. Summit high solids clear coat. Mini hvlp touch up gun with 1.2 nozzle.

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    That paint job will not be hard to spot out on the water. Nice work.
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    20190421_084505.jpg20190421_084434.jpg Starting the build. I weave plain. A little on the wet side but layed down pretty nice.

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    20190422_054232.jpg20190422_054259.jpg The hatch. Again a lil on the wet side but got it to form to the lip pretty well.

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    20190425_194211.jpg20190425_194200.jpg sponson stringers. Carbon kevlar. Got it layed out, now I'll throw it on the mill. I still need to cut the middle one for the bow.

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    Those templates are my least favorite part of reinforcing a hull. Depending on the room and access, they can be a real pain to make.
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    How right you are. Such a necessity in a high speed setup, and such a pain to fabricate and install.

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    20190427_082931.jpg20190427_113223.jpg The process of cutting the design and the finished product. I gotta be honest, this was my first time carving up carbon kevlar and it will probably be my last. The kevlar doesn't leave a nice finish like carbon fiber. I had the material so i decided to use it. Good enough for stringers.

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    20190428_104833.jpg Stringer's mounted.

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    20190502_205516.jpg20190504_155349.jpg20190505_063854.jpg Roughing out the motor mounts and getting dialed in.

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    Coming along. It's going to look mean once those drives are mounted.
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    20190509_061000.jpg20190508_181828.jpg Had a lil bit of a problem with one of my water jackets fitting. It was a thousandth under the motor. The other one fit fine however was a bit different in design with the same part#. Weird. Had to bore it out quite a bit. I'm not into the interference fit.

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    Thanks. I'm getting to those pictures as we speak. I've been procrastinating posting the progress. I have a bunch more.

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    20190512_081441.jpg20190512_081507.jpg20190512_081520.jpg Motor mounts in, stuffing tubes in.

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    20190518_181854.jpg20190519_075116.jpg20190520_062034.jpg20190519_084524.jpg Machine time! Transom mounted strut braces or clamps, whatever u want to call them.

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    I'll post more later. The clamps are still unfinished in these pictures, but u get the idea!

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    Oh, such wonderful tools
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    Quote Originally Posted by fweasel View Post
    Oh, such wonderful tools
    Yeeesss! I love em!

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    20190523_203621.jpg20190523_203635.jpg Putting the final touches on the clamp.

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    20190709_205231.jpg20190709_205301.jpg20190709_205324.jpg Clamps finished up. Preparing to drill and install T or blind nuts.

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    20190712_134747.jpg20190722_184734.jpg20190722_184750.jpg20190722_184804.jpg Cutting and chamfering the struts. All mounted up. Not too bad if i do say so myself. Almost ready for powder coat.

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    Wow!

    I've never seen so much time effort and skills put into modifying an RTR before, it looks like you have done a proper job there.

    I really hope it holds up with all the reinforcing you have done, but don't forget to fill it with flotation of some sort, so the worst doesn't happen if a bit you cant reach with reinforcement gives way.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NativePaul View Post
    Wow!

    I've never seen so much time effort and skills put into modifying an RTR before, it looks like you have done a proper job there.

    I really hope it holds up with all the reinforcing you have done, but don't forget to fill it with flotation of some sort, so the worst doesn't happen if a bit you cant reach with reinforcement gives way.
    Thank you much Paul. It's true that once upon a time she was a RTR, but now i think she no longer knows the meaning. Hehehe! I had a lot of hours into truing the bottom when i originally put her out of commission. The plan was to bring her back as a twin. I really tried to put my best for forward on this one. As for the flotation i use loctite expanding foam in the sponson tips and bow. It also helps with structure. Then I'll fill the rest with pool noodle foam.

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    20190724_200828.jpg20190724_200923.jpg Got the water pick ups cur, bent, and soldered.

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