Venom King of Shaves arrived in a giant box. The double boxing
helped to prevent damage to the boat, however there was a scuff
on the top of the hull caused by a cardboard cross-brace. This
was easily removed with a bit of wax and elbow grease.
realistic styling and beautiful finish quickly got me drooling.
Venom's eye for detail is truly astounding. Not only did they
capture the shape of the full size boat but other details such
as air scoops, exhaust pipes, mirrors, decals, and clear windshield
with silver rivets were also included. The graphics are sealed
under a beautiful high gloss finish.
58" boat is massive compared to Venom's 34" electric
King of Shaves as seen in the above photographs. They truly make
a beautiful pair. Check RCUniverse for the 34" KOS review
hull's design incorporates several different levels as well as
many different angles. This is one ingredient in the recipe for
a sturdy hull. I do believe however, the fiberglass could stand
to be a little thicker in two areas. These areas include the front
top deck, and mid to rear sides. The fiberglass is plenty thick
for running the boat, but these are the areas I typically grab
the boat for launching, retrieving, and transporting which results
in some extra abuse.
will take it upon myself to strengthen these areas using a simple
method that not only adds sturdiness, but additional floatation.
I will buy a can of non-expanding spray foam designed for sealing
doors and windows sold at local hardware stores. I will carefully
build a support with the sticky foam by spraying it inside the
hull beneath the King of Shaves logo being sure not to stress
the fiberglass or cause unwanted water traps.
side support, I will purchase fiberglass cloth and resin from
my local auto parts store. There is plenty of room inside the
hull to build up these areas. Once this is done the recipe will
be complete creating a sturdy durable hull that can be manhandled
a bit. These steps are not necessary to enjoy your boat, but will
help the hull last a very long time.
reversed air scoops in the rear of the boat serve a dual purposes.
They provide a great escape for air flow and also work well for
draining any water that might have come onboard.
the center of the hull two quarter inch plywood struts not only
help to support the hull but also support the radio tray and engine.
These beefy front to rear supports are waterproofed and sealed
with resin. The left plywood brace is also used for a gas tank
mount. The other side of the tank is zip tied to a small plywood
tab glued the the hull. This small tank brace came unglued from
the hull. After regluing, I also inserted some closed cell styrofoam
for added support.
beautifully constructed fiberglass hatch contains clear windshields
and functional molded air scoop. A screen mesh is glued inside
the scoop to help prevent debris or bugs from entering the hull
and provides added realism. Two white molded faux air scoops are
screwed to the hatch and help complete the King of Shaves amazing
asthetics. Side-view mirrors are glued to the hatch for over the
install the hatch, insert the two metal tabs located at the front
of the hatch into the slots in the front of the hull opening.
Fasten the two anodized metal spring loaded locks at the rear
of the hatch by pushing down and twisting 1/4 turn. The finish
of the hatch is just as beautiful as the rest of the hull.