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 Author  Topic: Another 1/35 PT-109 Build-Almost from the Box!
Phillip Gore

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Post a Reply To This Topic    Reply With Quotes     Edit Message   Posted on: May 7, 2013 - 9:08pm
Greetings Fellow Modelers,

I am new to this site and this is my first time to post. I found the site after I bought Italeris PT-109 kit and read David Waples excellent (in the box) model review on modelwarships.com. I have found many of the posts very educational and entertaining. Unlike some other builds posted, this one is very close to straight from the box and will depict PT-109 at the time of her sinking (i.e. overall green scheme with 37mm AT gun). Dont get me wrong, I admire the modelers who have a great deal of knowledge about the subject and want to make corrections. I just know if I tried to make the same modifications, the project would bog me down and I would not enjoy it. I am very impressed with the kit and grateful to Italeri for producing it. I hope you enjoy following this. Any comments are welcome, just keep in mind I will only be able to answer modeling questions and probably no PT boat technical/historical questions. I have been working on this for several weeks so I have a lot to show. Lets get started

The photos below show:

1st Image: The kit box top art-excellent!

2nd Image: After the little nicks and imperfections hull on the hull were sanded away, a black marker colored the interior. This was done so nothing would be able to be seen through the many vent openings on the deck.

3rd Image: The lower side deck vent/hatch openings were painted with the exterior color called out in the instructions (Model Master Flat Medium Green FS 34102). I am not happy with this color and Im still looking for another color to use on the exterior.

4th Image: The chines (six pieces) are shown after being added to the hull. Some filler superglue and careful sanding were required to make the connection seamless at the bow. Fortunately David Waples gave me some guidance to make sure I did not install the chines upside down.

5th Image: After the screw hole covers were added to the deck, superglue was applied around the edges and the seams sanded way.

6th Image: The bow screw cover had a sink mark in it. My solution was to cover the area with a .015 piece of styrene. It was sized to fit against the kits photo-etch bow guard (Part PH1).

7th Image: A small styrene strip was added to deck Part 33C to make it fit better to the main deck.

8th Image: The kit provides clear window parts to put under the photo-etched deck vents, but I opted not to use them. Instead the vents were glued in place, with plans to add Krystal Kleer with a toothpick into the openings after the exterior is painted.

9th Image: This photo shows one of the kits support stands. It required a lot of cleanup to remove the injection pin and sink marks. It was painted Model Master Gun Metal and dry brushed with Model Master Dark Ghost Gray.

10th Image: This photo shows the finished base. The kits two stands were attached to a wooden base with screws. Two matching holes were drilled in the hull to match the small nails in the V-section of the stands.

11th Image: The hull is shown being test fitted to the finished base.


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Until next time...

Phillip


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Drew Cook

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Post a Reply To This Topic    Reply With Quotes     Edit Message     View Profile of Drew Cook  Posted on: May 8, 2013 - 6:03pm
Keep the photos of your work coming, Phil.

Most of us on this site enjoy seeing any modeler's progress on the building of this great PT boat kit.


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Phillip Gore

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Post a Reply To This Topic    Reply With Quotes     Edit Message   Posted on: May 8, 2013 - 6:08pm
Greetings Fellow Modelers,

Here are few more progress photos.

1st Image: Although the kit is really impressive in its details and engineering, the low point (for me) has to be the offset mold line down the middle of many of its parts. This is caused by the two factory patterns halves not matching up perfectly when the melted plastic is injected. The result is shown in the photo. The muffler on the left is has not been cleaned up and has an ugly mold line that has to be cut/sanded away. The muffler on the right had been cleaned up and is ready for painting. Unfortunately, many parts suffer from this problem. It is causes some tedious headaches, but nothing too major.

2nd Image: The raised structure that goes on the engine hatch is shown assembled and ready for painting.

3rd Image: The basic chart room assembly is shown. The connection point between the top and side parts has been filled with superglue and sanded/polished to look like a single piece.

4th Image: I noticed the chart room sides bowed in when they were glued in place. To correct this, a 1/4 X 1/4 styrene piece was added to push the sides back out. This was required to make the fit between the chart room assembly and main deck was as good as possible.

5th Image: One of the few modifications I did make was cutting a piece of .015 styrene to represent the steel cover plate on the left, inside cockpit wall. The kit provides a small photo etch part for this, but it is way too small. Notice another small styrene piece was added to the left wall to cover an injection pin mark. The still present injection pin mark at the bottom of the wall will be covered by another kit part, added later.

6th Image: The basic day cabin assembly is shown.

7th Image: Another modification was adding the missing styrene rain lip above the day cabin rear window.

8th Image: Sanding out the seam lines of the four torpedo tubes was exhausting and time consuming, more so than other parts worked on. However, the parts did mate up very well. I used superglue on the inside and Tenax-7R glue on the outside.

9th Image: The four torpedo tubes sanded/polished to perfection (as close as I can get anyway). Man, I was really happy when these were finished. Whew!

10th Image: I took David Waples kit review advice and removed the molded on torpedo warhead cover straps. The part on the left is the before appearance, and the part on the right is the after appearance. I will still probably locate a hole at the center of each part and add a small drop of epoxy to represent a cover plate or something similar.

11th and 12th Image: These images show one of the torpedo tubes being test fitted to its mounts. The torpedo warhead has also been temporarily put in place and will probably be located further back in the tube. The kits torpedo tube detail is impressive.

13th and 14th Image: Two of the .50 caliber machine guns are shown here, before and after being cleaned up. Once again the mold line is very noticeable. What I want to point out is that after the mold line is removed and the cooling sleeve holes are deepened, the part looks really good (in my opinion). I do not know if I will add scratch built flash suppressors, but I have to say I am happy with the way they look right now.

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Until next time...

Phillip


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Will Day

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Post a Reply To This Topic    Reply With Quotes     Edit Message     View Profile of Will Day   Send Email To Will Day Posted on: May 8, 2013 - 10:13pm
Thanks as usual, Dick. . .

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ducati650

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Post a Reply To This Topic    Reply With Quotes     Edit Message     View Profile of ducati650   Send Email To ducati650 Posted on: May 9, 2013 - 5:00am
We enjoy the photos but it would be easier if you read the post about how to post photos. It is not the same as many other sites. This site needs the word IMAGE spelled out between brackets , not IMG. and /IMAGE between brackets, not /IMG. Please keep the photos coming!


















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29navy

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Post a Reply To This Topic    Reply With Quotes     Edit Message     View Profile of 29navy  Posted on: May 9, 2013 - 5:33am
Just a curiosity question...Why did you use a marker to color the inside of the hull? Seems like a tedious undertaking. Wouldn't a can of black spray paint have been faster?

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Phillip Gore

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Post a Reply To This Topic    Reply With Quotes     Edit Message   Posted on: May 9, 2013 - 8:09am
ducati650-I apologize for the photo posting mis-steps and will do better on future posts. I appreciate the help (and patience) I have been given.

Drew-Thanks for the compliment.

29navy-I used a very large marker with a flat tip on the end so it really did not take that long. I saw another modeler do this on a different forum and liked the idea more than airbrushing black paint.

Thanks

Phillip


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ducati650

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Post a Reply To This Topic    Reply With Quotes     Edit Message     View Profile of ducati650   Send Email To ducati650 Posted on: May 9, 2013 - 9:35am
No problem, Phillip. It happens a lot with new members. I'm enjoying the photos.
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David Waples

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Post a Reply To This Topic    Reply With Quotes     Edit Message     View Profile of David Waples  Posted on: May 9, 2013 - 6:58pm
Nice work Phillip. Solid modeling techniques. Keep it coming!
Dave

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Post a Reply To This Topic    Reply With Quotes     Edit Message     View Profile of PeterTareBuilder2  Posted on: May 9, 2013 - 10:06pm
Ahoy there Phillip.

If I might make a suggestion.

It would be a lot easier to understand what caption pertainsto which image if yoy had a caption, then an image link, a space (Enter key gives one) another cation and another image and so on. That way each image would have its own description and would save having to scroll up and down to figure out which caption goes with which image.

Nice work on the model and nice sharp images.

Thanks for sharing and cheers.

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