Revell 1/72 PT-109
Since watching “McHale’s Navy” and the movie “PT-109” when I was a kid, I’ve been fascinated with PT boats. I decided I needed a change of pace and this was what came of it.
The kit is the oldest in Revell’s inventory, having been introduced in 1963. It’s pretty simple, but builds into a nice representation of an early Elco 80 foot boat. This one was built mostly OOB. The 37mm gun on the foredeck came from the Hasegawa 1/72 jeep and was built without the wheels and fenders. An RC model supplied the wood for the timbers the gun was lashed to, with sewing thread for the rope. The .50 cal gun barrels were replaced with the leftover guns from my A-20. The whip antenna next to the bridge is a piece of .020 stainless safety wire. Many of the early Pacific PT boats were painted green to blend in with jungle foliage and a dark sea. The exact color is open to debate, so using some color photos as a reference, I added some white to some dark green until it looked right. The lower hull was painted with red automotive primer, which is a pretty close match for the “copperoyd” used on the real thing. Weathering was my usual drybrushes and washes, with the idea of having some of the original gray showing through beneath the green. PT-109 did not survive long after being painted, so I didn’t get too carried away.
And I had a blast building it. Now maybe I’ll take a look at converting a Vosper kit into the PT-73…
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