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Elco 80 – Part 2

At the end of last month I posted photos of Italeri’s 1/35 PT 596 on its display stand, to show all the detail, as the drift of the project was to add crew and to place it in a dynamic seascape, and some of the detail would be lost to view at that point.

The 10-man crew was also an Italeri product, and while the detail is a little soft, it is certainly on a par with other manufacturers like Masterbox.

Apart from the size of the model and the difficulties in photographing it, the issues are compounded by the sea spray/foam, which tends towards white-out when photographed conventionally.

I think I managed to get a couple of decent images of the detail of the waves, after trial-and-error with camera modes/exposures. The best seem to be when a Portrait mode was used, which includes a modest pre-flash effect and controls the washout effect.

PT 596 was based at Samar, Philippines, 1945.

16 additional images. Click to enlarge.

14 responses to Elco 80 – Part 2

  1. Bravo! Well done, Rob – and your photos are excellent.

    Great work!

  2. Superlative work as always Rob! Looking forward to your next one…

  3. Wow – love your work on the waves and foam – the flecks of water throughout the foam and such is really incredible detail. Really gives this a dynamic look. The boat itself is of course a smash as well!

  4. Great job, sir. I think these craft became more like gun boats as the war progressed.

  5. Brilliant work, sir…..very nice! 🙂

  6. Every time I see one of these small balsa wood life rafts it reminds me of playing in one as a kid…………….. Your PT looks fantastic Sir !!! as do all of your builds ………………… Two thumbs up.

  7. Terrific sea effect, Rob, and the crew are in good action poses. Maybe the deck would be awash in the conditions?

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