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  FRANK

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Post a Reply To This Topic    Reply With Quotes     Edit Message     View Profile of FRANK  Posted on: May 8, 2009 - 11:32am
Thank you QM for you input! I keep on finding very nice Tamiya figure sets on sale at my local HOBBY LOBBY store here in Jacksonville. I just found a set of eight heavy clothed michine gunners and mortor figures for a buck and a half in the clearance isle. They keep putting out these sets, and I'll grab them up.

I now have approx. 24 figures that have been "shaved"; they are now tropicalized for the South Pacific. Using my 400 XLP Dremel and a Ruby sander bit and the Dremel set on a very low speed I ground away the uniform to show short pants and short sleeves. This new set will be shirt-less with skivies.

To anyone and everyone converting plastic figures! Don't crank up your Dremel to 36,000 rpm and try to carve away at a plastic figure! You will only wind up with a melted blob. Slow the Dremel down to as low as it will go and proceed slowly. Take your time- patience is a virture is what I learned in Catholic school and ya know what guys- it works every time!
I worked for Dremel for many a year as a tool demonstrator! Slow and easy gets it done every time!

Frank Ryczek,Jr.
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Michael

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G'Day Frank,
Heres a couple of photos i found in my collection that show Motor Macs at Kana Kopa,in typical dress,

Traditional



or "Gone Native"




Well maybe, better not model the second ones.Ha Ha
Cheers Mate



Michael

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Frank J Andruss Sr

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I am curious as to the actual dress while underway. In my many conversations with PT Boaters, they seemed to have changed dress for patrol. Dungerees replaced the shorts, with some type of shirt. Although this seems the right thing to do, how many of you went on patrol with shorts on and no shirt. What did you actually keep in your locker in the Crews quarters. Another side note here. Did you guys leave anything at the Base, that you did not want to take with you in case you were captured or sunk.

Also, in taking with the boys, the dress of no shirt, shorts, and hat was typical while at the Base. Who would want to do chores in the hot Pacific sun wearing pants and shirts. Many guys semed to have the Navy or Marine Pith Helmet too. It's wide brim helping with the sun. As it was mentioned, I don't think you would be wrong no matter how you had your figures dressed, providing you don't have any in a dress.


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  FRANK

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Michael and Frank A.-

Thanks for the feed back gentlemen! UHHH, no guys in dresses Frank, that's a promise. Michael, love the second set of pictures! Where did you find them?

My guess is that the ol' "DIXIE CUP" reg. cap was still worn. I have a few shots of guys with and without them, moreso without!

Thanks again guys!

Frank Ryczek, Jr.
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CJ Willis

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Frank A. The pith helments were great to wear to the outside movies in the rain. It shed water from around your neck on to the camouflage poncho we wore. It also kept the rain off your face yet you could hear the sound. I kept all my belongings at my bunk in the crews quarters. We left nothing personal at the base. At the time I never thought about getting captured or sunk.

C. J. Willis

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QM

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We usually wore the same clothing while underway that we wore at the base--as little as possible. We probably should have worn our personal flotation devices [new speak for life preserver] but it was not a usual practice. We were frequently in rain but I don't recall the rain ever being cold. It could be a welcome relief from the heat and a chance for a fresh water shower. We had rain gear which was worn topside at times.

Regarding storage of personal property, all was on the boat, my blue uniforms white uniforms, flat hat and all other items not needed in New Guinea were in my sea bag in a storage compartment in the bow. I seldom if ever got the sea bag out while I was on the boat. Everything survived in good condition, including the wool uniforms.

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