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old Revell 1/72 PT109

Just completed for a friend - the PT-109 kit.

Looking at the marking on the back of the stand it says 'made in China, 1963'

Done this as as it looked before J.F. Kennedy took command of it.

Time taken 5 days.

Paints used: Halfords under coat red for lower hull, Vallejo 70900 French Mirage Blue for upper hull, decking and superstructure.

Windows were solid plastic to be painted silver, so I drilled and cut them out, then used white glue spread over the cut outs to make the window glass. Also cut the cockpit solid windshield off and replaced with one made from clear plastic sheet.

3 additional images. Click to enlarge.


9 responses

  1. I've always loved that model, even though I've never built one. Yours looks magnificent!

  2. Nicely done! It's amazing to think how old these molds are. I did the PT-190 way back, the difference was the torpedoes had no tubes.

    • Here is a later version of the American PT boat with no torpedo tubes and a multiple rocket launcher on each side near the front as well as a 37mm and 20mm cannons.
      This is also a Revell 1/72 kit that I built approx 1 year ago:

      1 attached image. Click to enlarge.

  3. An amazing model allover, Phillip. Nice improvements!

  4. Fine looking model, Phillip @phillipe50
    Realized in just 5 days, wow, that is impressive.

  5. Great clean work. I may get one now. I thought the model to be substandard. No longer so !

    • Be aware that there are parts that need cleaning up from some flash and join lines. Also the torpedo tube pins need cutting off, otherwise the tubes sit to far back for their front runners to be in the slotted rails. This one was the old Revell kit - kit number 85-0310. The newer kit - kit number 05147 is a better buy as it has more detail plus a choice of 2 versions of PT109.
      See pics for different boxes:

      2 attached images. Click to enlarge.

  6. Interesting subject! My mom's uncle Bryant Larson was the captain of PT-109 before it was handed over to Kennedy. . . .and a fantastic build too!

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