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 Author  Topic: PT490 1/35th Italieri conversion build

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Post a Reply To This Topic    Reply With Quotes     Edit Message   Posted on: Jan 28, 2014 - 1:38am
ugh sorry guys forgot about the image links thig... My bad.

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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: Jan 28, 2014 - 4:22am
Nice Kieth, it is coming along most excellently. I'm glad you're making good use of my renderings, Stu Hurley's build, and the Elco drawings Dick Washichek had scanned and allowed me to post. I see the 1XX build is coming along well too.

Although I'll have to get out my jewelers loupe to be certain, the bolt count looks right. If not too much trouble, you might want to straighten out the chart house ammo locker though, it wasn't tilted 3 degrees like the turret, the top and bottom are parallel to the water line.

You AMS modelers are amazing to me. I certainly couldn't match the work you do. Or the interest in all things PT you generate.

Kieth's album link: The casting of Vampirella is awesome, even unpainted it made my juices flow!

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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: Jan 28, 2014 - 5:32pm
Your work is looking good Keith, Do you have anymore photos of that B-17G you can load into photoshop? I see I am going to have to step up my game with my PT 599 and PT600 models.
Take care,

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Stuart Hurley


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They both look to be coming along nicely.
Watch out for the tube pad locations on your 103 class, (they are too far aft in the kit) and the decklight positions, although most boats had them painted over so you could just fill them and place the etched frames in the correct locations. The front lip on the charthouse also needs removing and replacing with an L shaped bracket. One other small detail, I am pretty sure the capping of the bridge wings did not extend over the inside face. They were only on the outside. I don't mean to criticise just trying to help, as you obviously care about the little details, judging by your work on the Albatross DV

How bad are the roll off racks in the 596 kit? is it worth me buying the kit for them, or just scratch building them for my 195?
If it's not too late can you reduce the camber on the deck at the stern of your 490? the basic kit is pretty much O.K in this respect. On my build I just added a straight piece there under the deck to kick it up a little.

Best Regards,

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David Buck


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Hi Keith,

Going by the photo on the first page the 40mm has a round deck support as you have built but the support for the gun itself is an 8" -10" round strut bolted in the centre of the deck support. The height of this strut is set so that the rear platform of the 40mm is just above the height of the engine room hatch curvature.

Hope this helps.



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Hey thanks guys, always encouraging to get feedback and advice. Any advice is always welcome. better now than when she's painted. I must do a separate blog for the early boat though.

The old B17 is a hanger queen from years ago sitting in the loft.. I took those snaps to help someone on Aeroscale who wanted to show damage. To be honest I can't remember how far I got with her now (I have 2 kits and was intending building one use the other for parts and make 3d profiles out the fuselage mounted in a picture frame... Hasn't happened. Laughs

I will sort that ammo locker out, It will scream at me now till I do so. Your website has been so informative and inspiring. Solved a lot of head scratching just by reading as well as using the images as reference.

Yes I caught the tube mounting pads theyre moved forwards to match what reference I found, the rear ones brought inline with the section on the control rod shrouding. The fronts were guestimated from drawings and photo's. I haven't took the brave pills to tackle the decklights yet. I'm gleaning a lot from your informative build I have to admit.

The 596 racks would require an incredible amount of work. moulded each torpedo rack arm (for want of a better word) is in two parts, one is thicker than the other both are well overscale in thickness. The claw and the hook that close around the torpedo are moulded integrally. None of the lip around the edge is portrayed either. The base is quite basic and the wooden bar across the front is wrong for most boats too. All in all rather simple and fanciful in interpretation. seeing your work on 109 I can't imagine you would be happy with them. The amount of work thinning, chopping and adding to them makes them probably as easy to scratch. I would have but the thought of making 16 sides put me off.


That 40 mount has been a point of much discussion and been arranged 3 times and removed. Finally after hijacking another thread here I found a pick if PT's being dismantled at Saumar and lo and behold 2 have the low mount peeking out from amongst the heaps of salvaged paraphernalia on the sadly doomed boats deck It's remarkably similar to the top of the carriage as supplied by Bronco so I've installed it and the gun sits close to how it looks in the pic of 490 at sea earlier in the blog.

Thanks for the comments guys and once again don't hesitate to point out any mistakes, I welcome it actually.

Cheers Keith

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David Waples


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Welcome back Keith! The build is looking very good. I hope you're having fun with it.

My friend Jerry is working on the Bronco 40mm Bofors. They really did a nice job with that one! I'm tempted to pick one up myself! I'm glad to hear it worked out for you.

Keep it coming!


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