For those of you who entered the U-21 "design a hydroplane paint scheme" contest, I wish you all the best of luck in having your design chosen.
I love anything to do with designing paint schemes, especially hydroplanes. I've made a few "fantasy" model hydroplanes over the years just for fun, notably the U-4 "Miss Mello Yello" (based on the Nascar version from the "Days of Thunder" movie), the U-47 "Miss Hawaiian Punch" (metallic red base, baby blue accents, with white trim), and the U-33 "Miss Country Time Lemonade" (fluorescent pink/yellow combination base, with white and black trim) to name a few of my favorites over the years.
These were never actually real boats, but I'd always wondered what they could have looked like.........so I made them for curiosity sake if nothing else.
So naturally, I jumped all over this contest. I entered last year as well, but I'm told I came in a very close 2nd............but it was a blast anyway. So I stepped it up a little more this year, and I made 4 different paint schemes. I just enjoy seeing what I can come up with.
Here were my 4 entries, and the reasoning behind how I came up with them.
This was my first design I came up with, as it began as a tribute to the RED/Gold/White Miss Budweiser designs of old...............which evolved into what you see today.
I added in touches of checkerboard to coincide with the vertical fins. The design on the sponsons sort of just came together on the fly, with no plan going in.
This design was inspired by various hard rock guitars used throughout the 80's, as I've always liked the "grab your attention" look.
This is one paint scheme that was created for the fans, in honor of such fan favorites as the U-8 "Tide" and U-6 "Frosted Flakes". People always talk about those iconic paint schemes of the past, I'm sure this one would be no different.
This design was inspired by two paint schemes of the past, the U-22 "Sunny Jim" and the U-00 "Miller American".
If a sponsor wanted to showcase their logo itself with maximum exposure, this is surely one way to do it...........over and over.
This design was created more as a goof than anything, and I only submitted it because it was finished. I wasn't too impressed with the overall design when I got done, but there are some qualities I really liked.......and some I wasn't too keen on.
I really liked the "spider" like design on the deck and cowling, which was loosely based on the war paint design of the former professional wrester "The Ultimate Warrior".
The sponsons were intended to utilize the solid canards into the design, but took on a mid-evil type look instead as I colored it. I never got around to changing it to something more to my liking, but I submitted it anyway as it was.
If I were to have tweaked it, I would have added a subtle/slanted "dual strip" effect instead to the sponson tips...........nothing to elaborate. It would have focused more on the spider design itself, than washing it out...............I wanted to enhance that design, not overpower it.
So these are the designs I came up with, and it was a lot of fun to do..............who knows, maybe one of them will be coming to shoreline near you later this summer!