Sunday, August 06, 2006

Will They Float? Will They Float?

At Friday night's M's-A's game, Oberto sponsored a cool promotional giveaway: little Mariners hydroplanes. I love the three-way overlap of these local institutions, along with the Oberto-sponsored hydroplane races shown on Safeco Field's giant video screen. (Incidentally, as I type this on Sunday afternoon, I'm watching the hydroplane races on TV with the sound muted and the M's-A's game playing on the radio. Wish I had some jerky...) The diecast model scoots around on four wheels and also has an FSN logo on it. Will it float? No.

The Marniers don't sponsor an actual full-size hydroplane, but Oberto does. Oberto's "pepperoni-powered" hydro has roared around Lake Washington every year since 1975. I bought my mini R/C model at the Oberto factory outlet, but I can't get it to work. Will it float? Yes.

Here's a Hot Wheels hydro I bought a few months ago at Bartell. Like the M's hydro, it's also a four-wheel diecast model. It's the smallest and sleekest one I have, and I like its generic orange-white-and-blue color scheme. Will it float? No.

The fourth and oldest hydro in my modest collection is this 1968-style Miss Bardahl, which I assembled from a Casper model kit. I glued the plastic pieces together and painted it and stuck on the decals, though the end result looks kind of like a Vans shoe. (I didn't opt for the motorized version, though I suppose I could upgrade it later.) Will it float? Yes.

Unfortunately, I'm gonna miss the ends of both today's hydro races and the Mariners game -- I gotta go to a wedding.


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