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JohnWS

1/72 USN 80' Elco PT Boat with some mods

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Hello again!

 

A small update.  

 

Torpedo roll-off rack cables have been added using silver/grey thread.

 

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The deck is pretty well complete with the exception of the superstructures & weapons.

 

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The boat should be complete by my next update.  After that, the focus will change towards the crew.   Also, I've ordered a little something to add more realism to the model.  It's new for me, so i hope it works out.  Stay tuned!

 

Thanks for looking.

 

John

 

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Really nice details. Just gets better and better.

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3 hours ago, seadog said:

Really nice details. Just gets better and better.

My sentiment exactly.

A joy to watch unfold.  Looking forward to the "little something"

Rob

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I've been slowly plodding away putting the finishing touches on the Elco model.  There's not a lot to show for my efforts, touching up paint, fixing some fit-up issues, etc.

 

However, here's one thing that might be of interest.  As you may have read in my earlier post, I'm using the Atlantic Models 37mm Oldsmobile Cannon on the PT boat's bow.  It's a nice kit, but the PE ammo didn't quite do it for me.  The kit's PE ammo belt for cannon's auto loader has etched cartridges but no colour to differentiate the shell casings from the projectiles/bullets.  Here's a photo showing the PE part & the ammunition in the actual auto loader.

 

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I tried painting the projectile tips, first with a Sharpie marker & then with a fine pointed paint brush, but the PE shapes were just too tiny to paint accurately.  Finally, I thought I'd try to make a tiny decal for the projectiles.  After some careful measuring, I drew the projectile shapes using Photoshop, & printed out duplicates of the drawing on clear waterslide decal paper.

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Much to my surprise, the resulting tiny decal easily slid over the PE surface & was positioned using a drop of decal bonding solution.  Once dry, I painted the underside on the PE part with grey enamel & then coated the part overall with a clear dull coat to tone down the unpainted brass & to seal the decal.

 

I'm happy with the result, & I think it looks much better.  Mission accomplished. :winkgrin:

 

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So, now it's back to finishing off the model.

 

Thanks again for looking in.

 

John

 

 

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Nice work John ! You must be the first modeller who took the trouble to represent the sheet metal plates on the deck 🙂.

 

Regards,

 

Arjan

 

 

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14 hours ago, longshanks said:

A great idea

It's funny how to ol' brain works sometimes.

5 hours ago, Courageous said:

Great work but those tiny decals must have been a 'pita'.

Actually, it wasn't too bad.  I've had problems with small decals curling or breaking up in the past, but this time the decal laid down nice & flat.  It helps having a good printer to print the small size & detail, as well.

1 hour ago, Arjan said:

Nice work John ! You must be the first modeller who took the trouble to represent the sheet metal plates on the deck 🙂.

My initial plan was to just add a few visible details to the plain deck to make it look a little more interesting, e.g. dead lights and reinforcement plates under the weapons. But, it grew from there. :winkgrin:

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Getting closer to completion.

 

Here's a couple of photos showing where the model sits today.

 

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There's still a few things I want to do to tidy her up, and then painting the crew members begins.

 

Thanks for checking in.

 

John

 

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