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Patrol Craft Fast (PCF), also known as Swift Boats, were all-aluminum, 50-foot (15 m) long, shallow-draft vessels operated in Vietnam primarilybby the United States Navy,

Initially patrolling the coastal areas they later took to the interior waterways as part of the 'Brown-water Navy' where they carried out interdiction, counter insurgency, troop transport and special forces insertion.

In total Eighty-four Mark I Swift boats served in Vietnam, with a further twenty reserved for training, however they are frequently overlooked in favour of their more heavily armed and warlike cousins the PBRs, Landing Ships and Monitors with whom they fought alongside.

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The Brown Water Navy as a whole is rather overlooked in modelling terms, and the PCF is no exception despite it's distinguished service. As far as I'm aware the Revell kit is the only kit generally available and although being rather old (1967), quite basic (61 parts) and lacking in any type of interior detail it appears to be quite accurate and has some potential.

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For the princely sum of £20 inc p+p I now have 2 of these. I shall tackle one and hide the other for a possible future project (original civilian or demobbed perhaps)

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Hurrah, proper instructions...

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I think I've been making too many oldies with 1 page sheets recently!

Even in 1967 Monogram knew the importance of a sprue diagram...I just wish others would take note!

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Nice big diagrams...no hunting for the microscope just to determine the build sequence

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One piece hull and single piece deck

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The Hull isn't too bad, may be needing a few drain holes and a thicker run strip here and there but otherwise looks fine.

The deck has some fittings moulded in that simply require a but of detailing, however it is completely missing the central well for the cabin.

I've found a couple of similar builds from this kit and a larger RC version that will give me a basis for a slice & dice. Hopefully when added to web pix of the external fittings it will allow some improvement without too much pain.

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