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 Author  Topic: 75 inch model of ELCO 80' PT boat
aronhk

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Post a Reply To This Topic    Reply With Quotes     Edit Message   Posted on: Dec 10, 2007 - 3:23pm
Hi everyone......just browsing the internet I came across your website. I'm an amateur WWII buff (amongst many other hobbies) and was always fascinated by the PT boats.

I have two 75" hand built models of an ELCO 80' boat. Yes, over 6 feet. Beam is approximately 19" and mast height 27". I'm getting ready to convert one to R/C use with triple gas zenoah engines...figured that was fitting. The other for the time being will stay static.

They are built out of plywood, balsa and pine (wood construction is fitting too....lol), weigh around 30 lbs and by the time I finish outfitting the R/C one will probably be around 55 lbs.

Amazing detail on these, and I'd love to post pictures here for everyone but the pictures are not hosted on a website......just here on my hard drive. Don't know how scale accurate they are, but they were built from scale drawings....so I believe they are fairly so.

If anyone would like pictures feel free to email me at aronhk_md@yahoo.com


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I sent an e-mail for photos and will see if i can host them.
Ed


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aronhk

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Thanks Ed. As I mentioned in my reply to your email as a kid I dreamed about saving an old warship from the recyclers. Owning these models is as close as I'll ever come to owning a warship.....lol. Fuel use will be substantially less too.


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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: Dec 10, 2007 - 7:45pm
Here you go.
http://www.villagephotos.com/pubbrowse.asp?folder_id=1944486



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aronhk

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Thanks again Ed for hosting the photos. Since I don't know a whole lot about specific history on the PT boats anyones comments about them will be welcome. I am pretty sure the numbers do not accurately reflect any particular boats. Its my belief they were just pulled from the builder's imagination.


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Frank J Andruss Sr

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Aron

With that size boat, I should have no problem fitting my Packard Engine into it, lol. A very nice boat, one that would be an awesome conversation piece in anyone's collection. You have done an outstanding job creating such a large boat.


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aronhk

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Frank.........I've built a lot of models, but not these....I wish I could take credit, but I can't. The gentleman who built these had made quite a few of them. They aren't perfect....meaning the fit and finish, but considering he would make two at a time and finish them in a month.......I was pretty amazed.

I do love looking at them though, and being good with my hands as well, I'm going to make one of them roar.....lol.

Don't know if you have heard these Zenoah gas engines with tuned pipes, but they put out a cacophany of sound. Three of them roaring in unison should be reminiscent of the real thing.

Aron


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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: Dec 11, 2007 - 7:12am
The basic structure looks pretty good. At that scale there is a lifetime of details that could be added/improved.

You are correct about the numbers, 241 was a Higgins boat, not an Elco.

Very cool boats. I would love to see and hear them when you are finished adding the motors.
Ed


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aronhk

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Post a Reply To This Topic    Reply With Quotes     Edit Message   Posted on: Dec 11, 2007 - 7:35am
Ed....you are right.....some of the very talented modellers could spend a lifetime detailing a model that size. They are welcome to come over and work on one of mine.....LOL. With my limited time available I hope to have mine ready for the water by spring.

I'm just glad I got two from him.....never know when he'll stop building, and models in this size range often sell for thousands of $$$.

Thanks for all the help and input.

Aron


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Your models are certainly BIG sir!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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