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Old 01-25-2005, 09:03 AM
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I finally found the web address of Thunderboat Reproductions for anyone that`s interested their address is www.thunderboats.toys4bigboyz.com
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Just a word of caution about TR. The boats are very lightly layed up and not totally accurate to scale. If you plan on racing, these boats need to be re-enforced to hold up. All the hulls bought by the guys that race in my club have been torn apart and had extra glass/carbon fiber laminated in to make them strong enough to hold up to racing conditions. I won't say not to buy them, just be ready to strengthen the hull when you receive it.
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thanks junkie, I was told to find them to get an engine cowling but whoever left the post said they didn`t know if they were still in business.. It took me quit awhile to find their web site. First thing I noticed was they aren`t cheap especially if you want the whole boat, and parts are a little steep too.
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Which cowling are you looking for? I might be able to give you another option on where to go.
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I'm looking for a U-1 Miss Budwesier 1997 cowling. Got any ideas on where to get this cowling?

Just got an email from Thunderbolt, they have them for $98 shipped with insurance.

How hard is it to make them? I was thinking of shaping some pink stryophone from home depot and then covering it with fiberglass. Remove the foam and wa-la you have a cowling......is that oversimplifying it?
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1/8 Miss Circus Circus
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That would work if you could figure out how to seal it after you get it carved. I`m pretty sure things haven`t changed that much over the years but last time I tried to use fibergalss resin on styrofoam the resin melted the foam... Gary
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One 'trick' I've used to seal foam is spray paint. Give it a few coats and it should be sealed as well as it needs to be. It depends on the type of foam used, and the paint should be non-petroleum based. Getting rid of the foam 'after' is very simple, just apply naptha (gasoline also works but be careful!). Be prepared to clean up the mess, and believe me, you ~will~ have a mess - LOL !
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On the Circus, which year? The first ran in 1978, the next in 1979-1981, the third in 1982(the flop 4 point hull), the next 2 in 1988(U-00 and U-31, the U-31 also ran in 1989), the three wing in 1991, and the last one, a two wing in 1993. Each one had a different layout and different cowling. As for the 1997 Bud, I'll do some checking and see what I can come up with. I'm assuming that is the latest style with the egg shaped cockpit
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1988 U-31
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I know Dumas has a fiberglass cowling for the 1988 Circus Circus, but beyond that, I'll have to do some research to find other sources. Keep in mind, with the Dumas cowling, it was made for their kit hull, so some modifying might be required to fit other hulls

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