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Roy Forbes

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Post a Reply To This Topic    Reply With Quotes     Edit Message     View Profile of Roy Forbes  Posted on: Sep 6, 2012 - 9:29am
Hi All,

I'm new to "posting" on this board, but have been reading for some time. After getting back in the hobby after several distractions over the years, I decided to build another PT now that so many new products and advancements in the hobby were being made. The newest boat, the 623 was only going to take 8 months but once I got started, the project lasted 3 times longer than planed but I was thrilled with the outcome. So I wanted to share a few photos of the completed project with you.

By now I do have 2 full crews, one for patrol and one for General Quarters, a fully detailed dock with supplies, an on-board camera for both stills and video shot from the boat while underway and a lot more deck detail done but it is way to hot on the river to go down to the Colorado River for more photos right now. She does have a working radar and can fire all 16 rockets at once or in groups of 4 by radio. I wouldn't go into all the details here but if you have the last issue of "All Hands", Alyce included a story on the build.

As a side note, I have been a member of PT Boats, Inc. since 1975 and remember well the many wonderful conversations with "Boats" back in the day. I was at the Museum Dedication in 1976 when I donated a scratch built 5 foot PT-327 to the museum and demonstrated my 326 boat from a rowboat during the morning for all the folks and dignitaries that were there. Recently my wife Susan and I took a drive over to HQ to see Alyce this past spring and we had a ball.

I hope to be a more frequent poster to this board. I hope you enjoy some of my current photos of PT-623 build below:

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Jim Melanson

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looks awesome Italeri?

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Dick

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Post a Reply To This Topic    Reply With Quotes     Edit Message     View Profile of Dick   Send Email To Dick Posted on: Sep 6, 2012 - 10:02am

Roy . . .

What can be said - Excellent !

Dick . . .


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Jim Melanson

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post a vid of her running!! I have a few models I need to finish/build. Motorized of course.
A lindberg 103 class, a 77 PT 20 class, and Italeri 586 kit (needs to be motorized) and a Duma Higgins kit.

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Roy Forbes

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Post a Reply To This Topic    Reply With Quotes     Edit Message     View Profile of Roy Forbes  Posted on: Sep 6, 2012 - 11:16am
Hi Jim,

Not Italeri, This gal is 5 feet long and scratch built from Baltic Birch, styrene and lots of brass.
I'm going to do a DVD of her in action using an onboard video, a second camera boat running along side and footage from shore. There will also be footage of the 3 Japanese A6M Zeros that flew together at the Chino Air Show this year added in "attacking" her. But it needs to get much cooler for that to happen.....


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Will Day

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Awesome job, Roy!

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Frank J Andruss Sr

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Roy, every time I see her, I can't wait until you ship it to my house. Beautiful job my friend, enjoyed our visit.................


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  TED WALTHER

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Roy;
What a beautiful boat!!! I notice she has a name and Pin-up artwork, what is she called? Thanks to Will I know PT 625 was named Coral Queen, but none is listed for PT 623.
Take care,
TED


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Hadly

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Roy, I second Will's comment "Awesome"




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Roy Forbes

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Hi Ted,
The 623 and 624 were never completed. After they both were about 80% finished, the Navy cancelled the contract on these two boats at which point they were then refitted for civilian use and sold. There is only one photo in existence of the 624 taken at the Elco Plant during this time and no photos seem to exist of the 623. It is for this and several other reasons I chose this boat to model. I named her "South Sea Sinner" having somewhat of a free hand with her. I did however want to model one of the boats in that 620-624 group that had the new "factory" modifications done to her forward weapons and torpedo rack placements.


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