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Italeri 1/35 PT 596

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The Rex was boring me to tears.  But most of all I was greatly inspired by Dannys' (Vandy 1 VX 4) PT 365 conversion.  Found here: http://forum.largescaleplanes.com/index.php?showtopic=61120&page=1

 

Photo intensive.

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New flag staff from Albion Alloys brass telescoping tube.  Cap is melted rod.  Light is clear sprue.  New Hatch Dogs.

 

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Reworked Smoke Discharger.

 

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Reworked Roll-Off Rack.  Right side.  Re-discovered the adhesive qualities of masking fluid.  I used masking fluid as an adhesive to connect the bars and rods of the mechanism.  This held them together while I installed the assembly.  Silver is flattened solder as fasteners.

 

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Left side.

 

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Vent.  White rod is supposed to represent a winged bolt.  Flattened solder fasteners.

 

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Rear turret.  Bolt fasteners.  Blanked in rear wall.  I see I forgot to clean up the ammo rollers.  Oh well.  Dinghy: new Gunnel, Chine, Rudder Board?, straps and fasteners.

 

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New Hatch Dogs, Antenna Base, Running Light Guard.  White strip to correct a mistake.

 

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Detailed 20mm Gun.    Removed Barrel, drilled out Recoil Housing, located solder as Recoil Spring, handles on Ammo Container, misc. details.  Ammo Container base for Container sets on Ammo Storage Box  Hatch Dogs.  Penciling are notes concerning Camber, Bulkhead location, and Deck Line.

 

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Reworked 37mm.  Hatch Dogs.

 

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Handles and Trigger.  Or it's supposed to be.

 

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Reworked Rocket Launcher.

 

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Other side.  More pencil notes in background.

 

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Front Turret.  Turret Ring Fasteners, blanked in opening, new Flooring.  On the Day Cabin in the background: Hatch Dogs, Cabling, Brass Rail to the top, Boat Hook Shaft toward the bottom.

 

More below.

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Mast.  Top.

 

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Mast.  Bottom.  Still missing Cleats at mid-point and Running Light toward top.  Relocated Day Cabin Cabling.

 

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Full Monty.

 

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When everything is glued together I can remove the Pin and fold the Mast down.

 

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Attention!

 

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Cockpit.

 

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Camber notes.  During my research I looked at other builds. One had mentioned a Camber problem, that the curvature of the deck from port to starboard, did not match real PTs.  So I studied the problem and wrote my notes on the deck.  I found no Camber problem.  But that's just me.

 

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Helping hand for stability.  Back.

 

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Same.  Forward.  Lots of notes.

 

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New Gunnel (top) and Chine (bottom).

 

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Sanded the Keel to an almost razor-sharp edge.  It was really dull.

 

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New Carriage Bolts.

 

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Bow.  Italeri gives you a straight Hull/Deck Line.  The PT Hull/Deck Line is an 'S' Curve.  Down at the Bow, Rises to a high point, curves down, then rises toward the Stern.  I used this as a guide to draw my line before i sanded the Line to shape.

 

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More of the same.

 

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It's a long Hull.

 

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Stern.

 

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More notes.  Numbers are Bulkhead locations.

 

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Lots of preparatory scribbling.

 

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Life Rings.

 

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Searchlight, with bulb.  Swivels and rotates.

 

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Last but not least.  Life Raft.  My research showed that round cornered rectangular Life Rafts, vs. oval Life Rafts, were made so one could stand inside the Raft.  The floor was attached to a rope fencing that had a circumferential rope at the top which threaded through strap openings to the inside of the Raft.  We'll see.

 

Thanks for dropping by, looking, and hopefully, liking.

Sincerely,

Mark

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Love it! Especially that raft. I made some for a vignette I made of the USS Franklin many moons ago. A pita to get right, but it looks like you're off to a great start.

Thanks for sharing

Peter

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Outstanding construction work Mark!

 

You have added a lot of detail there, flawless work as well.

 

 

Cheer's,

Jeff.

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Thank you, Kevin, Jeff, Shawn.  I appreciate you stopping by and commenting.

 

Well, all of the easy stuff for the most part is done.  Now it's time to clean up the basement and get onto the difficult part, painting.

 

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Used Masking Fluid as a temporary adhesive.  A little over zealous, I suppose.  Lots of micro detail.  Short tube is 1.5mm.  Fasteners are flattened solder.

 

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Bringing out the Big Gun!  Found an on-line Tech Manual and used that to make a few details.

 

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Engine Room Vent Housing.  Cut out the window opening.  Shaped some styrene rod and vac-u-formed it with clear sheet, inserting it from the back.  Large opening will have a screen on it.  I just have to find it.

 

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Other side.

 

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Bringing out the Little Guns!  The other looks the same.  I found 4 different types of flash suppressors on the boats.  I chose this one because it was the easiest to make.  Trigger handles toward the back top are not accurate.  I didn't particularly want to mess with making something that small and complicated so I made this instead.

 

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Other side.  Spent shell box.

 

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Threaded monofilament as rope

 

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I didn't like the first rendition of the trigger and handle so I re-did it.

 

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Did the same for the recoil under the barrel.

 

A few more below.

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Turned the running lights from 1/8 inch acrylic.

 

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Managed to figure out how to make the fencing for the raft and attach it without swearing.  Made new paddles, removed the water container from the kit part.

 

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Blue Running Light.

 

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Clear Running Light.

 

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Anchor.

 

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Barely able to get an overall picture.

 

Well, what's done is done.  Time to clean up before I ruin it with paint.

 

Thank you for looking in and liking.

Sincerely,

Mark

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