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80' ELCO PT Boat by Timothy Wood - FINISHED - BlueJacket - Scale 1/4" = 1' This kit portrays a typical 1942 80' ELCO PT boat of the first series.


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Greetings,

 

This is a rebuild of my first build lost after the server crash, as luck would have it I only lost a few photos.  Over the next day or two I'll be adding the photos along with a short write up for each.  I welcome any comments, because this is my first major build and the first as an on-line build.

 

Thanks,

 

Tim

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Thanks Joe,

 

I'm excited to get the hull a point where it looks more like a PT Boat.  

We have many very fine model builders in our club (Hampton Roads Ship Model Society), with that said it brings a high level of expectation from fellow members, needless to say it will be slow meticulous for me especially because it's my first large build.  

Ive completed small kits like the Rainbow and the 10" Sea Coast Mortar and have built many plastic kits over the years. 

Thanks for your interest, please continue to follow the build, any help or suggestions are greatly appreciated.   :D 

 

Respectfully,

 

Tim

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Greetings,

My first step was to remove the extra wood, at point on the bow where the wood blank attached to

the equipment used by BlueJacket Ship Crafters.  This was completed with the use of various small chisels’,

files and sanding sticks. 

My next step was to transfer the hull lines from the plans to the deck of the actual hull. 

By marking these points I would be able to use the templates I made from the plans, these were copied and mounted on

card stock with spray adhesive to make them rigid enough to work with on a

continuing basis. 

Regards,

 

Tim

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Tim,

 

This is an interesting project, I did not come across a PT build log before. Since I am building the Blue Jacket Schooner myself, I am keen to learn about your experiences with their kits.

 

I shall follow your progress with great interest, keep up the good work.

 

/Alfons

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Alfons,

 

This is my first BlueJacket kit.  At this early point Im highly impressed with their quality and workmanship.  The Basswood hull is flawless and extremely easy to work with.

 

I took a look at your build and I must say you are doing a wonderful job.  I'll be following your build with great interest also.    :)

 

Tim

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Greetings PT Boat fans,

 

At this point I had hoped to have the Deck Edge Guard and the Chine Guard attached, but I managed to come down with a chest cold and it's prevented me from making any real progress on the kit.  

 

For some strange reason VICKS VaporRub and Sawdust are not compatible!

 

I hope to have a new post up by the end of the weekend.

 

Tim

 

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John and Jerry,

 

Thank you!  The chest cold is getting better!  I should feel like a new person by the weekend. 

 

I'm not soure about the weight of the wood, it's laminsted, the wood is so clear and clean it's hard to see the glue joints.  I really don't believe there will be any chance of checking.  (BlueJacket has done an excelent job with this kit). 

 

Tim

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Greetings,

 

I'm not quit as far along as I would have wished, but any progress is better than nothing in my book.

I have finished shaping the hull and have most of the heavy sanding complete, I'm sure there will be some minor touchup in a couple areas around the bow.  

 

The next step will be to add the deck guard, sheer clamp and chine guards.  After those are attached I'll drill the three rudder holes and mark the strut slots and install the shaft boss's to the hull.

 

Photos of the shaped and sanded hull.

 

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Tim,

 

Neat!  I'll be following along, watching your build here.  After Pat Matthews did his SIS articles on an RC PT boat a number of years ago the thought has crossed my mind every year or so of building one.  I've always wondered what the Blue Jacket Shipcrafters kit was like - and here it is!  You've got a very good start going there....I'm looking forward to seeing more.

 

Cheers,

 

Elia

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Tonight I was able to attach the port and starboard deck edges.  It was a little tricky applying CA glue to 1/16 x 1/16" deck edges, as you know this isn't a very wide area.   I applied glue to about an inch of deck edge at a time, then I positioned it and held it until it set, about 15 to 20 seconds. 

 

Photos to follow in a day or two!

 

Tim

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