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Oct 03, 2010, 10:27 PM
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1/16th Late War Elco PT boat


Here is a boat I recently bought second hand. The builder told me he had bought some of the parts and scratchbuilt a lot of it, took him over 2 years. I thought he did an outstanding job except for the painting. It was painted in a high gloss light gray which I did not care for so I repainted it in a late war Measure 31/20L. I used the color plate on page 116 of T. Garth Connelly's new book on PT boats as a guide. After around 70 hours it was done (a lot of details to paint around!) The figures (which I loved!) were apparently custom done including a seamstress who hand made their clothes. Anyway, here it is for now, I am still waiting on some more dry transfers I ordered to complete the boats set of numbers.
best wishes,
jeff
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Oct 03, 2010, 10:30 PM
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last ones for now. One more thing the boat is 5" long.
best wishes,
jeff
Oct 03, 2010, 10:41 PM
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That is an impressive model!
Oct 04, 2010, 06:07 AM
Mmm, tugs...
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Even has the grease on the torps! Cool.
Oct 04, 2010, 06:36 PM
Boats on the brain!!
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Very nice indeed.
Oct 05, 2010, 11:44 AM
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Thanks guys! I got the dry transfers late yesterday so I should be able to finish her up shortly.
best wishes,
jeff
Oct 06, 2010, 12:05 AM
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Very nice model, Jeff. You must mean 5 feet long, not 5" long. One request - please don't put 'PT 525' on the sides of the bow. Way too many nice PT models have been compromised by 'PT 109' stuck on the hull sides where it really doesn't belong.
Oct 06, 2010, 09:49 AM
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Originally Posted by jeepers1940
Very nice model, Jeff. You must mean 5 feet long, not 5" long. One request - please don't put 'PT 525' on the sides of the bow. Way too many nice PT models have been compromised by 'PT 109' stuck on the hull sides where it really doesn't belong.
Did I write 5 inches Sorry about that, of course you are correct about it being 5 feet long also you are correct about the numbering. I finished the numbers yesterday and nothing was put on the bow. I also switched around two of the antennaes to more accurately reflect the original boats.
best wishes,
jeff
Oct 06, 2010, 10:17 AM
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Did the roll off torp's have grease on them? I thought only the tube shot torps were greased?

Or was it because the roll off's had exposed, unpainted metal and so they were greased to prevent salt water corrosion?

Jeff, your PT is one of the nicest I have seen!
Oct 06, 2010, 10:35 AM
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Hi Jeff,

I agree with the above posts, this PT is awesome!

Good luck with it!

-Rich.
Oct 06, 2010, 10:40 AM
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Originally Posted by Kmot
Did the roll off torp's have grease on them? I thought only the tube shot torps were greased?

Or was it because the roll off's had exposed, unpainted metal and so they were greased to prevent salt water corrosion?

Jeff, your PT is one of the nicest I have seen!
Hi guys, thanks for your kind words! In the pictures that I have the roll offs that had the bodies painted (black for instance) do not appear to have grease on them. On the other hand the torpedos with a natural metal finish always seem to be smeared with a heavy coating of cosmoline which gives the goldish sheen.
best wishes,
jeff
Oct 06, 2010, 11:14 AM
Mmm, tugs...
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... Way too many nice PT models have been compromised by 'PT 109' stuck on the hull sides where it really doesn't belong.
Hee hee... That's why I chose to paint my PT-41 in its as-delivered scheme-- it allowed me to put those big shadowed numbers on the bow! It was only the early 70 and 77 footers that were delivered with those numbers, and even then, they were covered over "in theater". But so many publicity pics of the early boats were used for such a long time, that the public just expects to see "PT-109" emblazoned on the bow.

Oct 06, 2010, 12:37 PM
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In all fariness to later war boats having the bow numbers, although I believe rather uncommon , it did happen. A quick review of the pictures in Squadron Signals new PT boats in action by David Doyle, published this year, reveals a few camoed boats with numbers on the bow. Boats 132, 177, 315, and 558 are shown with bow numbers. 132 ans 177 are camoed. 558 is based in the Mediteranean.
best wishes,
jeff
Oct 06, 2010, 04:39 PM
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Some of the boats just had small black # on the deck & pilot house.
The boats converted to shooting up the barges really hid the #s.


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