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G R Powell

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Post a Reply To This Topic    Reply With Quotes     Edit Message   Posted on: Apr 5, 2009 - 6:02am
An Italian aftermarket manufacturer has released some interesting dockside items for the Italeri kit: http://www.royalmodel.com/



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Frank J Andruss Sr

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Thanks for bringing that to our attention, they offer some awesome items. I love the dock system you can get for the PT Boats, plus the dock parts. It really makes me want to have an earlier boat built docked. Great stuff, thanks again.............


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My friend Jerry has been working with these guys at Royal for a long time. Here are some photos that they sent to him a while back. Royal sells diorama kits and this one is broken up into 9 different kits so you can pick out what you want and don't. Their big set is 68 Euros which includes photoetch and resin pieces. Jerry and I received ours about a month ago and the work is excellent.

Royal is distributed in the US by http://www.Squadron.com. However they don't list it yet. I'm not sure if they're going to carry it or not. If you're interested you might write them and ask. You can buy from Royal direct.

Also in Europe making parts for this boat is U-Models. They produce some upgrade and diorama parts for the boat. They are available only in Europe from a couple of companies but I found Blast Models to be very good.

Here is the complete set of photos that they sent us.













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David, what an awesome Diorama in 1/35 scale. It must be pretty large. Oh would I love to have that for the Exhibit. I am now thinking of purchasing the dock set up and several other items, although room is such a factor in my home. I have many models that take up large amounts of space. As it is I have artifacts all over the house. If I find a place to put the darn thing, I will have one done. For now, I just want to add some men to my already built Italeri Model.


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He does awesome work. The gentleman who did this specializes in armor dioramas. You can see that influence spilling into his work. We asked him if he would be interested in doing some additional items but he informed us that this was it and he's already moved past this. The diorama was done over a year ago and has been featured in some European modeling magazines.
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Hi David-

I'm still trying to scrape my bottom jaw off the rug! Excuse me!! Man that Royal Model stuff is really neat! Have you an address or a web site address you can share here??

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Actually, GR Powel listed it at the begining of this thread.

http://www.royalmodel.com

You can buy directly from them.

Again you may want to check with the folks at Squadron to see if they will be carrying these items. Their web site is

http://www.squadron.com

Dave

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I was wondering if any of you have purchased the Italeri Kit of Crew members for PT 596. It is readily available, but all seem to have on their life jackets. Is this a good purchase for the boat. Seems more crew members are coing out, with beter detail, but expensive as well. I would love to see a photo here of the crew members from Italeri completed.


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Frank A.-

I have seen the Italeri PT crew figures in my local hobby shop! They are quite expensive, but you have to remember, they have the corner on the market. I think there are a dozen figures for $40.00 including tax. For the money I decided against them. I would much rather go the extra yard and convert them myself. I bought a bag of 1/32 -1/35 scale figures in the dollar store for 50-60 in a bag for a buck. First thing I do is chop them all apart- at the neck, torso, knees, arms and so on. Using small lenghts of brass wire I then pick out from the pile of pieces the pose that I want to replicate. I use Squadron green putty and fill in all the seams, then coat the entire figure with a Future floor polish. Future is a very hard liquid plastic that covers the figure and strengthens it as well. I then prime the figure and paint with artist oils.

I have also seen other "white metal" figures as well lately in the Squadron catalogs. They look great put then again the price is way the heck up there like $25.00 for two figures?? Wayyyy out of my league!!

I'll keep knocking out my "custom" figures! For someone on a tight modeling budget, it's the only way to go!!

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Over that past several months Ive become acquainted with Roberto Reale of Royal Model in Italy. I should tell you right from the start hes an armor guy, but I dont think we should hold that against him, because not only is he a superb modeler and diorama maker, but has focused his considerable talent into production of a number of new items for the 596 Boat. As Dave mentioned we really wanted him to consider building some other items like the SO Radar Antenna and Mast. Also wanted to see him make a crew like we see in many of the photos of Pacific Boats a bunch of lean, wiry 19-20 year olds that look a bit underfed and dont seem to have a complete uniform among them. These older types, fully dressed in dungarees, steel pots and life jackets might be alright for the Atlantic, but the guys in the Pacific according to pictures and accounts Ive read didnt always seem to conform to the regs and Uniform of the Day wasnt necessarily what you might run across at a rear base somewhere. Although Roberto is a modeler at heart, he is still a businessman and by necessity in the current ecomomy has moved on to other projects. Dave and I each got one of the main 596 sets and the Elco 80 and Harbor Accessories. Also couldnt resist the sailor scrubbing the deck. We seemed to do a lot of that when I was in the Navy and I felt I could relate to that guy. Although there are a few similarities, Roberto has modeled bits and pieces that werent covered in either the Eduard or Lion Roar upgrades, and if you are fortunate enough to have all three sets to work from, the amount of detail you can add is seemingly endless.

Roberto has been wonderful to work with and as a modeling community I think we are lucky to have people like him giving us such high quality After Market kits. Didnt get the dock kit with the first order but I think I may have to pick one up. With our combined order Royal picked up the freight costs and it arrived at the front door in about a week, beautifully packed and packaged. The one thing I will say is this has some of the smallest PE pieces that I personally have ever worked with, and extreme care must be exercised to avoid feeding the carpet monster. I did have a couple of jumpers that were even difficult to locate on my tile floor.

The Elco add-ons for Royal Models are beautifully made and come highly recommended at least by me.Jerry


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