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mike redzinak
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pt-73 from the 97 mchale's navy movie

March 10, 2015 · in Ships · · 9 · 2.1K

i started with the 1/72 pt-109
and scratch built the rest
the guns are from a 1/72 scale airfix vosper
i shortened the torpedoe tubes from the 109 kit

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  1. What the heck did you use to break up the tape?! 🙁

  2. i used blue painters tape as decals i used a hobby knife to shape the tape to match the camo pattern in the movie the best i could i used a blue sharpie to do the smaller parts i did not have any blue paint and not really that good at hand panting camo patterns

  3. As we used to say in the 60s, psychadelic, man!

  4. Mike, I LIKE this scheme! It's like the "dazzle" schemes used on ships in both WW I and WW II. They were meant to confuse any other ships (or subs) trying to get the range on them. A "fool the eye" kinda thing, like most camouflage. Change the shape, attract the eye elsewhere. The way the light works on it probably also creates an effect.

    Like the "Barclay" prewar schemes on naval aircraft, the AAF haze paint on the photo P-38/F4 Lightnings, and that P-51 with the white and black pattern on the sides and undersurfaces.

    Me, I just think it looks really cool.

    Great idea and execution.

  5. Revell had another boxing of their PT-109 in a white/black dazzle. I always wondered if anyone did that. It looked complicated.

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