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Frank J Andruss Sr

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Post a Reply To This Topic    Reply With Quotes     Edit Message     View Profile of Frank J Andruss Sr   Send Email To Frank J Andruss Sr Posted on: Feb 26, 2008 - 5:44pm
I really enjoy looking at the process when someone is building a model. When Alex Johnson built me the Beautiful model of PT 41 for my Exhibit, he sent me pictures in progress. I find this very interesting and would hope more of you on this message board would do the same. I would love to see some pictures of work you guys are doing so, get that camera out and snap thise pictures. Will, have you started on that boat you won on the raffel...............


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  FRANK

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Post a Reply To This Topic    Reply With Quotes     Edit Message     View Profile of FRANK  Posted on: Feb 26, 2008 - 6:28pm
Ahoy there Frank-

Could you please e-mail your address please. I have a lot of pictures that I would like to send to you on loan of my Tulagi PT boat base diorama stationed in the Solomon Islands. I've been working on this project for over 10 years and it's still growing! My newest addition is the sick bay/hospital on Tulagi that took me a year to construct from scratch. I made the roof removable so that the detailed interior can be observed. The front 2/3 rds is the sick bay itself and the back 1/3rd is the operating room. It's all scratch built in 1/32 scale! I think you'll get a big kick out of seeing these pictures.

I wish there was a way for me to put these on the web board for all to see, but I do not have a scanner nor do I know how to do that! These are photos developed at my local Wal-Mart.

Thank you kindly!

Frank Ryczek
Modeler/Freind RON 10 PT-169 " ZEBRA SNAFU "

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YOUR FRIEND THROUGH SCALE SHIP MODELING AND PT BOAT HISTORY!

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ducati650

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I have a photo album thread that I add photos to. The original address remains valid. Tonight I added these to it. This is a 1/72 scale Revell kit with WEM PE.




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It is funny you bring this up because I was just thinking the other day how lucky we modelers are to be so well accepted by this board. You guys answer our endless questions, share your experiences and make us feel, at least in a small way, like we too are part of something bigger. I guess I'm just saying "Thank you. Thank you all." I've met some great people here and I can't express in words how wonderful it is to rub-shoulders, so to speak, with people who helped preserve the world I so enjoy.
Ed




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Frank J Andruss Sr

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Thanks Frank and Ed:

I love seeing projects come to life and Frank I would love to see your pictures. You can E-Mail me any time at mosquitofleet@comcast.net. I will send you my address. Ed, your project looks to be taking off on a high note. Can't wait to see more pictures as you continue on to the finish line. I never get sick of seeing PT BOATS...................


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Will Day

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Hi, Frank. Yes, I've started the "raffle" boat; building her up as PT-149. I want to duplicate the photo of her on the back cover of Vic Chun's book.

It's going to take a while. That Lindberg model has lots of problems, not the least of which being the fact that it's not built to a specific scale (it wanders between 1/32nd & 1/35th, depending on what parts you are looking at).

Frank, thanks for your enthusiasm and your tireless work on the exhibit. You are an intrigal part of keeping this message board a going concern.

Will

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Frank J Andruss Sr

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Thanks Will for those kind words. Seeing so many young people such as myself and others interested in PT BOAT HISTORY makes me feel good about the education process. Just last week, I attended my Exhibit and as I walked into the Exhibit Hall, I noticed a young boy about 5 to 6 years of age sitting on one of the benches. He was watching my DVD on the large screen TV, which was GIANT KILLERS. He watched the whole thing, never taking his eyes off the screen.

When it was done, I approached him to ask him if he liked PT BOATS. In his little boy voice he said " I never knew what a PT BOAT was until my Mommy brought me here". I sure do love them now. I was so impressed with this little boy as he kept looking at the models and asking me questions about everything he could think of. I told him to have his Mommy give me their address and I would send him a model PT BOAT in the Mail. I got the address, sent him his model boat, (which I found out he bugged his Mother every day until it arrived)and he and his Daddy put it together. He sent me a thank you card, which Mommy wrote for him, and on the front he drew a PT BOAT firing at an attacking Japanese Plane. I sat back for a moment and realized that this is what it is all about. The model now sits on his desk at home................


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  FRANK

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Hi Frank-

Thank you for the reply to my post. I'll e-mail you this afternoon and get your address and send my pictures out to you.

The story of the young boy at your museum brought a smile to my face as well. I'm starting to get my grandson Connor, who is five, interested in making models with me. He even helped with the building of my sick bay addition to my Tulagi diorama. Once I had the base carved from laminated sheets of stryofoam, I painted the whole thing with a base coat of light tan water based latex paint. I then coated it with a thick coat of white glue and added bird gravel sand mixture for the sand final base. Connor's job was to spread the sand on top of the wet glue. The look on his face was priceless!

After the base was completed I even had Connor "plant" some hand crafted palm trees and lay some textured ground cover as well.

I entered this section of diorama at a local hobby contest and took Best of Show for Dioramas and First Place for Military Vehicles. I guess you could say it was the "grand " prize because it was a winning combinaation of grandpa and grandson working together. Ain't nothing better than that!

Thanks for sharing with us Frank and letting me do the same!

Frank Ryczek, Jr.
Modeler/ Friend RON 10 PT-169

HIGH TIDES ALWAYS!

YOUR FRIEND THROUGH SCALE SHIP MODELING AND PT BOAT HISTORY!

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  TED WALTHER

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Will;
If you are making the lindberg 1/32nd scale model, it is a lot of work to make it right, On my model of PT 167"Who Me?" (November 1944), I even built up the bow on mine with balsa wood "Planks" just to get the bow into somewhat the correct shape. To me the model hull straight out of the box resembles the Higgins hull more than an Elco. I also rebuilt my whole deck and superstructure. The only thing I kept were the gun tubs!
Good Luck and let us see your progress!
TED


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EARL RICHMOND

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HELLO TO ALL YOU MODELERS.I WOULD LIKE TO THANK YOU ALL FOR THE FINE WORK YOU ARE DOING SO THAT THE PRESENT AND FUTURE GENERATIONS CAN REMEMBER THE PT BOATS.YOU ARE THE GUYS THAT KEEP IT ALL GOING ON.MY 13 YEAR OLD,AT THE TIME,GRANDAUGHTER IN PENNA E MAILED ME AND ASKED IF SHE COULD INTERVIEW ME ABOUT THE BOATS.WE SPENT OVER AN OUR ON THE PHONE AND I SENT HER A LOT OF INFO BY MAIL.SHE TURNED HER ESSAY I N AT SCHOOL AND GOT AN A PLUS ON IT.I HAVE A COPY OF FRAMED IN MY DEN NOW.I WAS VERY PROUD THAT SHE TOOK SUCH AN INTEREST IN THE BOATS.SHE ALSO SAID THAT WHILE READING THE ESASAY IN SCHOOL YOU COULD HEAR A PIN DROP.MANY QUWESTIONS WERE ASKED BY THE OTHER CHILDRENS AND TEACHERS.AT LEAST THERE IS ONE CLASS OF CHILDREN THAT WILL REMEMBER "THE BOATS".NOW MY GRANDSON DID THE SAME THING HERE IN SCHOOL.ALSO GOT AN A PLUS.THIS SHOWS THAT THE CHILDREN ARE INTERESTED IN WHATEVER INFO THEYT CAN GET ABOUT WW11.MADE ME FEEL MIGHT PROUD TO HAVE A PART IN THEIR LEARNING

earl richmond

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Will Day

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Hi, Ted.
I'm even replacing the gun tubs with resin ones!

Will

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