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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 Tim,

 

1. Nice job. I built this model several years ago. I really like the Blue Jacket products - well produced and made in USA.

2. If you ever get the chance, visit the Fall River, MA Marine Museum. That museum has an outstanding PT Boat section, including an honest to goodness restored PT boat from WWII. They also have many PT boat components including engines, props, transmissions, hull sections, etc.

3. If you are interested, there are several PT web sites. One web site has a complete list of EVERY PT boat ever built indicating when the keel was laid, where it was stationed, when it was destroyed/decommissioned, and how it met its end. I gave my PT #164. There were many more PT boats in the Pacific theater, not just the 109.

4. I know the Blue Jacket kit doesn't show it, but many later PT boats had radar fitted to their masts. Some of the websites show PTs with this radar fitted, and it is not difficult to model on your boat. I put it on my PT using some scrap wood and a bit of dowel.

 

 

wq3296

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Greetings, the engineroom hatch is complete, only needs a final coat of paint.

My next step is to start work on the Day Cabin.  The Day Cabin has a slightly cambered roof, this will be sanded the same way as the chart house.  Also the Day Cabin needs to be sanded to mach the camber of the deck, to start with you gouge out the underside of the day cabin the same way I did with the chart house.  

 

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Cheers,

Tim

 

 

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Greetings, Happy New Year to all...   :) 

 

I finally made it back to the bench today, thought I would jump ahead to the torpedo tubes for a little fun.  

The first step was to cut the supplied 7/16" brass tubing into four tubes 5" long using a small miter box and a fine-tooth razor saw.  This step didn't sound like very much fun, too many things to go wrong with a miter box cutting a round object.  Instead I used small tubing cutter, this was much faster and provided a much cleaner cut.

 

The next step was to draw a center line the length of each tube, the line was used as a reference point for attaching the various pieces to the tubes.  This was accomplished by laying each tube on the plans and marking the location of each photo etched part with a mechanical pencil.

 

The reinforcing rings were glued to the tube first the the reinforcement plates were added.

 

 

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The next step was to drill a hole through the through the training gear lug along with a hole into the end of the training gear housing.  At a later point a length of .020 brass rod will be inserted through these holes.

 

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Cheers,

Tim

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That's quite a stout holder you have built there, were you expecting the boat to be made out of depleted uranium?  :) 

 

Progress on the model is looking good.

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awesome brass work....tubes are looking very nice Tim!  ;)   but.......those full shots of your build..........now....THAT'S.....what I'm talking about!   very nice work...very nice.......one lean,  mean, floating machine!  :)

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Greetings, a snowy morning in Virginia Beach makes for a good day at the building bench!  I managed to get the Breech Covers, Impulse Chambers, and all the Access Covers on the  torpedo tubes and some work on the Day Cabin.

 

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Cheers,

Tim

 

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My next task was to place the front and rear saddle on a flat surface, set the tube into them, align each saddle with the center of it's reinforcement plate, then glue them to the tube.  This step was quite easy!  

 

The next step requires a more steady hand and a set of magnifying visors, (at this point I wish I had bought the type with LED lights).  Then I snip two front and two rear gussets from the photo-etched sheet and glue them in place on top of the reinforcement plates.

(See photos below).  There will be four for each tube for a total of sixteen gussets to mount.

 

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Cheers,

Tim

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Tim,

 

Sweet detailing of those torpedo tubes. They look great. I really like how the mixed materials are used to bring out various specific components of the launching tubes. Really nicely done.

 

Cheers

 

Elia

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Looking great Tim, Can't wait to see the next time you bring it to the meeting. I had a great time with you and the guys Saturday, I needed that.

Thanks a bunch man.

 

Happy modeling,

Marty G.

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Greetings Tim,

 

Good job - your work brings back memories from when I built her a few years ago. I numbered mine 164 - couldn't bring myself to call it 109 like every other Elco you see. One of the great things about Bluejacket is the diversity of models they make.

 

wq3296

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