29' Mirage "Wolverine" Offshore Racer 
by Pat Matthews 

1/9 Mirage "Wolverine (Dumas/Scratch)

If a racing boat is "campaigned", does that make it a warship? Ah well, I won't worry too much about it!

"Wolverine" was originally campaigned by Pete Smith of the Smith Brothers Offshore Racing Team in the 1980's. She is a 29 foot Mirage powered by twin big block Chevys. The current owners recently completed an upgrade/restoration and desired a large scale display model. Starting with a vintage Dumas 40" fiberglass hull, I built up an all new fairing, cockpit and engine cover. All detail parts were designed in CAD with dimensions taken from the boat, and then 3D printed with high resolution processes. These details include everything from the instrument bezels to the bolster cushion and the complete outdrives and trim tabs. Graphics are a combination of custom printed water slide decals and multi-layer cut vinyl. The blue DuPont paint was provided by the restored boat's painter for a perfect match... no WEM color chips required! And of course, no weathering--  only buffed wax.

Pat Matthews

Gallery updated 2013

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