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  Frank Andruss

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Post a Reply To This Topic    Reply With Quotes     Edit Message     View Profile of Frank Andruss   Send Email To Frank Andruss Posted on: Jul 20, 2014 - 9:14pm
I was talking to Stan this evening about doing a Higgins PT Boat loaded onto a flat bed, which is how they were taken from the factory to the water. I have the 1:35 boat ( PT-302) bit Stan would have to scratch the flat car. I would appreciate if anyone has any photos of this from Higgins. Of all the ones I have I do not have the boat on a flat car.


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TED WALTHER

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Frank;
Sorry, I don't have any photos but this is going to be a VERY interesting project, trains and PT Boats, it doesn't get any better than that!
Take care,
TED


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Frank Andruss

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I think it will be awesome, something I always wanted to do as Higgins was the only boat builder to use flat car trains. Stan said he may have to build the train bed from photos as no flat bed cars come in 1:35 scale.



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Roy Forbes

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Pretty cool idea Frank. Is that the 1/35 scale boat Bob built for your exhibit. Would love to see some photos of her in your collection. Also, how is the PT - LCVP transfer diorama coming along? Would love some photos of that as well.


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Frank Andruss

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Post a Reply To This Topic    Reply With Quotes     Edit Message     View Profile of Frank Andruss   Send Email To Frank Andruss Posted on: Jul 21, 2014 - 8:34am
Bob is still working on PT-302, I have no new photos to date. Stan has just started working again on the PT-108/LCVP project, as he was sidelined with Surgery ( nothing major) and he had a few house projects he had to get done this summer. I think I might use PT-302 for the flat car project, although not 100% sure. There is PT-61 project that needs to get done before Flat car project. I will be happy to post some photos Roy, as soon as more work has proceeded on both of these projects. I know Bob had plenty of work to do, as he moved to a new home, and it is pretty hot where he lives, and the workshop he does the work in has no AC, so he does things at night. I suspect he will get 302 done in the very near future. My biggest thing is trying to locate a few photos of the boats on a flat car, which i can't seem to find...............


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Andy Small

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Hi Frank,

Page 124 of the Andrew Jackson Higgins book by Jerry Strahan has a photo of two 50' flats pulling a boat from the plant. The PT is mounted on a wood frame on the trailing car with the boat overhanging at both ends.

The photo comes from the Eisenhower Center, University of New Orleans. Not a high quality reprint, but the Flat looks like a normal Southern RR to my old tired eyes.

Andy


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Frank Andruss

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Post a Reply To This Topic    Reply With Quotes     Edit Message     View Profile of Frank Andruss   Send Email To Frank Andruss Posted on: Jul 21, 2014 - 1:56pm
Andy thank you, that is perhaps the best one I have seen to date, looks as though they had the boat on one car ( like you mentioned) with the bow hanging over onto the next car. I don't want to use two cars, because at 1:35 scale it could get too long. Thanks so much for the heads up. I am still going to keep a lookout for better shots.


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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: Jul 21, 2014 - 2:13pm
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Andy Small

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Post a Reply To This Topic    Reply With Quotes     Edit Message     View Profile of Andy Small   Send Email To Andy Small Posted on: Jul 21, 2014 - 3:02pm
Trains and PTs together is a great combo! I'm still looking for photos of the Cuban narrow gauge boxcars (and engines) that carried the 55 gal drums of fuel down to the boats at Portland Bite, during their treks down to Panama.

Andy


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It appears that the boat on the rail car is something other than a standard 78' Higgins. If you look at the position of the gun tubs they are much further aft than even the 450 on class Higgins. Perhaps they are of the same class as the boats outlined in the next picture. Look how far aft the gun tubs are on those boats.

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