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 GUEST BUILDER- SCOTT COLMER 

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"Island Girl" (Messashnitzel custom build)

Woooooah! Now there have been some cool Messa builds done, but this, WOW! Amazing! What a unique and interesting take on the ol' Messa kit! Scott posted this over on Coffin Corner, the thread on it is here. I have reposted it here with his permission. Below are the comments he posted on Coffin Corner: 

"Anyway, here she is. Done (well close enough. I'll probably add some graphic to Island Girl's board. And I have one more bungee strap to add.)

Once more here is the story: My brother in law, Carey asked me to build a plane for a friend of his named Scott Carter. The reason was that Scott Carter painted Cary's daughter's pedal car. OK, No problem. But who is Scott Carter? Well, he is an extraordinary military modeler. I also remember his art in Cartoons magazine.

So, I decided to take a different (safer) route and blend the pedal car with a plane. So I came up with a woody wave chaser piloted by Cary's Hawaiian daughter. Island girl was born.

Here is the inspiration:
 

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And 6 month's later, here she is:

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It took two tries to get wood grain I liked. The light wood is hand painted. I spent a lot of time staring at wood floors and other wood stuff. Then I sat down and practiced. It's sort of a zen thing. You get in a freeform zone. The inner panels are shelf paper that has been darkened.

The homemade decals are not the greatest. The flower is OK, but the lettering shows film. No matter how much clear I used it would not hide the film. The paint is the same enamel that was used on the car. It's got a heavy coat of ancient Testors clear. The leading edges of the wings have been sanded to just barely expose the white primer for a slightly used look.

The surfboard is carved from some pretty thick sheet plastic then polished.

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The Mike Turk inspired pontoons took a lot of work. The planking is shelf paper again. This time I found the lightest section I could and then darkened another section. Equal width strips were cut from both sections and then laid down in alternating patterns to create planking. The trim is hand cut styrene and wood grain painted. The cap bolts are aluminum tape punched out with chiseled rod then stuck into place. I used this technique on may parts of the plane.

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The guy wires are craft wire held in place by scratch built eye bolts and hooks. The brass tension bolts are drilled and painted hex styrene rod.

Below is the same teaser posted before. Piston shift knob, Engine turned dash and aluminum bezels are the highlights. I finally decided to go with hand made screw fasteners for the engine cover. The much discussed rivets are there, but are hard to see here."

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