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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: Jul 9, 2021 - 5:47am
That works, and given the lack of a photo showing it, a photo of another boat in the same RON with the bow .50 is a decent guesstimate as to where it should be. Good work guys!



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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: Jul 10, 2021 - 10:23am
Somewhere on the Photo Gallery there is a photo of a mid or late--war PT 105 and another 80' Elco, with one of the boats (I think the 105) elevated in a portable dry dock.

The foredeck of the 105 might show a bow-mounted .50 caliber, I can't remember for sure.

If I can find it in my Pictures file, I'll try to have Dick post it.


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Post a Reply To This Topic    Reply With Quotes     Edit Message     View Profile of DWonders  Posted on: Jul 13, 2021 - 8:38pm
So I did a search through all my pubs and what I thought was other RON 5 boats with bow mounted .50's were actually RON 8 boats and then only silhouettes of the boats. I guess that is probably the best I can guess. I hope you are able to find something Grady. Looking forward to more updates on your build.


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came across this one on this website. Is this the one you are talking about. It is not very clear....

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Grady

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Post a Reply To This Topic    Reply With Quotes     Edit Message     View Profile of Grady   Send Email To Grady Posted on: Jul 14, 2021 - 2:16am
First time seeing this one, judgeing from the paint scheme and the addition of the number on the hull ( not sure when the practice started) its from later in the war but after Dick Keresey turned over command of the 105 to John Iles Taking close up look it certainly looks like a weapons mount, but it looks to be forward the hatch and almost on top of the towing bit, ok I’m not a Navy guy but I know weapons platforms , to me a fifty that far forward would really be unstable as the deck space narrows, however like you said the pic is blurry , so it’s a guess, but that’s what I like about learning the PT world researching the guess, then building them right. Again, good find it all helps
Mike



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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: Jul 14, 2021 - 8:07am
Thanks Rock, I don't remember ever seeing that one before. Looks like a 37mm on a cone based mount with an A shaped barrel support front and center. Maybe the bow .50 was before the 37mm's became more widely available unless it's under what appears to be a tarp on the port side.



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Grady

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Jeff your eyes are much better than mine , totally missed the weapon type, only homed in on the mount, as usual the voice and eyes of experience speak .


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I agree, Jeff. Looks like a 37mm with a barrel support to me.

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Jeff D

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Thanks Mike, all the years of staring at PT photos pays off sometimes. Didn't seem to help when I thought that game screenshot was a shot of a real boat though. :D

Good work guys, anyone in the future researching the 105 that finds this thread will know that she carried a .50 and / or a 37mm on her bow at some point in her career.

I checked out photos of other RON 5 boats. Here's an image of PT 106 (post RON 5) with what looks like a similar mount, not a cone but triangular plates. The other RON 24 boats have several different types of mounts for the bow 37mm:

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This shot of the 108 shows what might be a .50 mounted just forward of the chart house:

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Some closeups:

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