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Forum Category: PT Boats of WWII

Forum Name: PT Boats - General

Topic: ""ELCO Parts Catalog" is now available for downloading

[b][blue]A Free copy of the "ELCO Parts Catalog" is now available for downloading.[/blue][/b]

Thanks to Al Ross, who was so kind to loan me his ELCO Parts Catalog for the purpose of viewing and scanning. Hence after many. many days of scanning and assembling, I created a ".PDF" file for everyone to view. I also performed an OCR function, which made the parts catalog searchable. When viewing the catalog file in Acrobat Reader, (depending on your version of Reader) there will be a search box that allows you to type in a word or phrase and it will search the catalog for all occurrences of the word. It will also open the first page the word can be founded and a continue link to proceed to the next occurrence, if it exists.

Unlike parts catalogs today, where most all parts are line drawning, mainly in Isometric, this war era was the beginning of full scale Parts Cataloging and the creation of skilled illustrators such as myself. However, this catalog like many during the war utilized photographs rather then line drawing because of a lack of trained Technical Illustrators. This is a very interesting book and fun to view the many non-descript parts not normally seen while viewing photos of PT boats. It shows many of the mundane but essential components under the hood.

The link below takes you to a page on my website that contains a link for the downloading of the ".PDF" file to your computer. It's a BIG file so for some it may take a while to download.

[b]On a Windows PC Computer:[/b] hold down your right mouse button directly on the file "Link" and choose " Save Target As . . ."

[b]On a Macintosh Computer:[/b] hold down your right mouse button directly on the file "Link" and choose "Download Linked File".

First click on this link to go to the download page: [url][/url]

Have fun,
Dick . . .

In the next few weeks I will be adding more documents to this page for downloading. Again thanks to Al Ross for loaning me, in this case, very old microfilm. In many instances the seer age of the film strip really show there age in the quality of the scans, I sent the microfilm out to a specialized company for scanning. The same company that I hired to scan the ELCO drawings was used, and they were only able to send back to me their best shot. Some of the documents are very poor others are fine. Ill let you know when these other files are available. Or just remember to check back to this link page every once in awhile.

Posted By: Dick | Posted on: Sep 20, 2010 - 10:34am
Total Posts: 944 | Joined: Aug 27, 2006 - 6:36pm

WOW - WOW, thanks a lot Dick. This is a real beauty, nice job. I can't wait to see what other goodies (Documents) you are going to share with us. Oh yeah, also a big thanx to Al for making it available and loaning it to you. Thanks again Dick and Al.

Posted By: Hadly | Posted on: Sep 20, 2010 - 12:39pm
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Incredible job, Dick. And thanks, Al......


Posted By: Will Day | Posted on: Sep 20, 2010 - 8:17pm
Total Posts: 1904 | Joined: Oct 8, 2006 - 4:19pm

Wow Dick and Al, this is a big help to me. Thank you very much! Your unselfish promotion of PT boats puts you two at the top of my list of those trying to keep interest in them alive.

Posted By: Jeff D | Posted on: Sep 21, 2010 - 8:27am
Total Posts: 1883 | Joined: Dec 21, 2006 - 1:30am

Fantastic! thank you so much[:-bigeyes-:]

Posted By: AndrewB | Posted on: Sep 22, 2010 - 2:49am
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As always Dick, you continue to move forward in your attempts to keep PT BOATS in the forefront. Special thanks to Al Ross for his help in lending you the book...........

Posted By: Frank J Andruss Sr | Posted on: Sep 22, 2010 - 4:06am
Total Posts: 3179 | Joined: Oct 9, 2006 - 6:09am

Thank you Dick and Al.

Top honors to you both for your ever vigilant work to provide more information on the PT's It seems in the last two years more incredible original documentation is arriving and being made available than in the previous 40-years. The PT faithful will learn more and be able to do more based on these efforts.


Posted By: TheBridge | Posted on: Oct 4, 2010 - 7:13pm
Total Posts: 302 | Joined: Nov 22, 2009 - 3:04pm