Atlas Van Lines

This is my model of the 1977 Atlas Van Lines driven by the legendary driver Bill Muncey. Dubbed "Bill's Blue Blaster" It is now located at the Seattle Hydroplane and Raceboat Museum. Bill Muncey has been inducted into several motorsports halls of fame for his 62 hydroplane wins and 8 gold cups, the oldest trophy in any motorsport. Bills profile is here: http://www.motorsportshalloffame.com/halloffame/2004/Bill_Muncey_main.htm

This is the hull made by MRP. I made my own hardware and re-inforced the inside with light plywood and fiberglass. I also added water cooling for the motor.

Here are the assembly pics, click on the small ones to see larger images.

Clamping to get the hull ridged, Sprayfoam floatation and parts test fitting

In the paint booth, this model also came with a turbine cowl
The Results so far....and a pic of the real blue blaster dancing on water
And here's the set up pics.

For the most part a stock set up according to the manual, but with a much stronger rudder, turn fin and water cooling via a water pickup on the inside of the left sponson. The sponson bottoms have a "ride pad" as per the instructions and the balance point is approximately 1 and 3/4 inches (+/-) aft of the sponsons. Radio used is the HiTec Lynx programmable radio and 3 channel programmable receiver. Speed control is an RC-Hydros.com unit (Victory series also programmable via a laptop pc. I have also used Mtronics speed control units.

Battery is in the stock location in front of the 05 car motor (the 700bb Graupner motor pictured in the box is for my larger 1/10th scale hydros, a 600 would work well in this boat). Steering servo goes through the transom of the boat instead of over it as the instructions indicated and the rear wings are filled with foam and sheeted in thin abs sheet materal for a more realistic appearance. Cowel hold down is a nylon threaded bolt with car body pin clip up front and rear eye bolt. Octura plastic props seem to work best on these models and I have a variety for different lake and weight conditions. The driver figure is from my model parts box. I removed the one molded into the cowl and added this one with more facial details and custom visor.

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