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 Author  Topic: PT-117 in 1/16 scale
gberger

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Post a Reply To This Topic    Reply With Quotes     Edit Message     View Profile of gberger  Posted on: Sep 24, 2018 - 12:32pm
I've just completed my build of the PT-117.
For the complete build log, please go to my website for the details.

http://geneberger-models.com/pt-117-motor-torpedo-boat/

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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: Sep 24, 2018 - 12:51pm
Wow...beautiful model, great detail, particularly on the crew members, but...a black life raft, horn, and binnacles?

Poor PT 117...she met her end on August 1st, 1943 at Rendova, along with PT 164.


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gberger

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Post a Reply To This Topic    Reply With Quotes     Edit Message     View Profile of gberger  Posted on: Sep 24, 2018 - 3:28pm
Artistic license??? What colors should they be. Going off of B/W photos often makes it impossible to accurately discern colors. I welcome suggestions.

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gberger

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These are but a few of the photos I referenced. Colors are...B/W.

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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: Sep 24, 2018 - 4:46pm
As far as I know, the life raft would've been a medium gray, and the horn and charthouse and cockpit binnacle housings the same color as the rest of the boat (green).

That said, its still a great-looking model!


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TED WALTHER

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Post a Reply To This Topic    Reply With Quotes     Edit Message     View Profile of TED WALTHER   Send Email To TED WALTHER Posted on: Sep 25, 2018 - 6:44am
Gene;
I agree. raft gray, all other items mentioned, boat color. Fantastic looking model!
Take care,
TED
P.S. I just went to your website, the detail is phenomenal!!!!! No wonder it took 30+ years!! I wish I could be shrunk down to 1/16th scale and get underway!!

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Jeff D

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Post a Reply To This Topic    Reply With Quotes     Edit Message     View Profile of Jeff D   Send Email To Jeff D Posted on: Sep 25, 2018 - 5:00pm
Beautiful work Gene! I enjoyed reading your blog, especially the bits of humor sprinkled here and there. And thanks for the kudos, craftsmen like you are the main reason I created the site and you certainly put the info there to good use. Your PE work is impressive, I especially like how the grab rails came out.

I'll dig through my photos to see what I can come up with regarding life float, horn, and binnacle colors.



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gberger

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Post a Reply To This Topic    Reply With Quotes     Edit Message     View Profile of gberger  Posted on: Sep 26, 2018 - 4:37am
One of the banes of modeling is research. One can never have enough of it, and it always seems to lag one step behind progress. Murphy saw to that. This was precisely why the model took me so many years to complete. When I started it in the 1980's I had one source of information, fleeting at best. It wasn't until I discovered your site and NARA that the flood doors opened wide permitting me to create this model to the level I had first imagined. I am forever grateful to you and your site for providing me the means. Although, I ended up rebuilding it several times...third times the charm.

Thanks again for your assistance. The outcome would have only been much the lesser, otherwise.

Gene


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Jeff D

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Post a Reply To This Topic    Reply With Quotes     Edit Message     View Profile of Jeff D   Send Email To Jeff D Posted on: Sep 26, 2018 - 5:48pm
Well thank you Gene, you made my day!

As usual Drew and Ted seem to be right. It looks like the binnacle and horn came from Elco black and were usually painted not long after. But it's hard to tell for sure with the lack of color photos available and PT crews ability to do their own thing more than those on regular Navy ships. Here's some images I found:

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The text on the life float reads Do Not Repaint, no clue as to why:

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David and Will here's another example of PT nose art. But what is it???:

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Post a Reply To This Topic    Reply With Quotes     Edit Message     View Profile of billpr   Send Email To billpr Posted on: Sep 26, 2018 - 5:59pm
Great photos of the Elcos. Like the detail on the life raft. Thanks for posting.


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