Ferrari Hydroplane Model Boat 1954 (75cm)

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Description

The name “Ferrari” brings to mind top-notch Italian passion, engineering, and motors; the Ferrari Hydroplane is no exception! This 75 cm model allows you to experience the feeling of speeding across open water on a miniature scale, with this model being lovingly handcrafted by passionate and skilled craftspeople. Hundreds of hours have been spent decorating this Ferrari boat model to museum-level quality, perfectly replicating the original dimensions and design elements of the Ferrari Hydroplane racing boats. Seacraft Gallery uses the “plank on frame” construction method, mimicking the way in which the original boats were constructed, providing invaluable authenticity.

Highlights about the Ferrari Hydroplanes speed boat model

  • Dimensions are: 75cmL x 32cmW x 22cmH Scale 1:8
  • Entirely handcrafted, fully assembled and ready to display
  • Individual wooden planks used in hull construction
  • Highly polished smooth finish, many layers of paint and varnish applied. Each layer is left to dry and micro sanded before another layer is applied
  • Brass & stainless steel fittings, no plastic parts
  • Amazing details accurate to actual Ferrari hydroplane racing boats:
  • Plush leather seats
  • Metal propellers, steering wheel and horns
  • Realistic gauges and switches on dash are not a sticker or decal
  • Meticulously painted to match real Ferrari hydroplanes
  • Sturdy wooden base attached

History

In 1953, a wealthy boat privateer named Achille Castoldi was determined to set world speed record on water.  He commissioned an 800kg-class three-point hydroplane hull.  For the engine, he turned to the new up and comers of the auto racing scene – Scuderia Ferrari.

Ferrari supplied Castoldi with a type 375 V-12 Grand Prix engine that displaced 4494cc, making 385 brake horse power. This engine could spin the hydroplane’s twin bladed propeller at 10,000 rpm!!

At the January 1953 Campione d’Italia races,  prior to the official two-way run, Castoldi piloted his Arno XI to an unofficial top speed in excess of 124mph during the shakedown testing. However, his rival, Mario Verga achieved a speed record of 125.68mph. Two weeks later, Mario Verga surpassed his own record with a two-way top speed of 140.74mph.

In preparation for breaking Verga’s new record, Castoldi had a new engine built. Arno XI’s new methanol burning, twin supercharged 4.5L Ferrari power plant produced 600 brake horse power.

Ferrari sent Stefano Meazza, the chief race engineer, to help prepare the new supercharged engine.  Grand Prix champion Alberto Ascari showed support by attending the event.  On the morning of October 15, 1953, Achille Castoldi succeeded in smashing the 800kg class speed record with an average “flying kilometer” two-way speed of 150.49 mph.  He followed up the performance later that day by setting another record in the “24 nautical miles” event.

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