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Forum Name: PT Boats - General
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Topic: PT 623 General Quarters
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I know it has been way to long since I have posted some new photos of the 623. Some of you know about the side projects that have captured all of my time. However, things will move along nicely now that it has all come together. So here are a few photos of the complete crew working over some beached barges. Sure looks like that 40mm loader is in a really bad mood. I know about the "cargo" pants and have just purchased a hot knife to retro fit the entire crew. I'll get some more photos posted real soon.

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Posted By: Roy Forbes | Posted on: Jan 29, 2013 - 2:44pm
Total Posts: 362 | Joined: Sep 5, 2012 - 4:57pm



Roy the boat looks fabulous, and the men make everything come together. If I might make one suggestion, the 40mm crew would consist of 4 sailors, the one you have with the 4 round clip, would be handing it to the loader, already on top of the platform, to feed it into the breech. Things would be much too slow, if one man grabbed a 4 round clip, than had to jump up and down each time. By the time they fired 20 rounds or so, the poor guy would be exhausted. Just my take on things, trust me I am not being critical, I think what you have done looks fantastic. Ok, one more thing, paint the helmets OD Green, Navy gray was pretty much used on capital ships, although not saying some didn't make their way onto the boats. The three helmets I have from PT-374, 313, and 308 are all OD Green. GREAT JOB ROY!!!!!!!!!!



Posted By: Frank J Andruss Sr | Posted on: Jan 29, 2013 - 3:53pm
Total Posts: 3181 | Joined: Oct 9, 2006 - 6:09am



Disregard my last post about the Helmets, I was thinking of another project, and I know we already spoke about the Helmets before........



Posted By: Frank J Andruss Sr | Posted on: Jan 29, 2013 - 3:55pm
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Sir,

Is that the Italeri PT-596 kit?



Posted By: TGConnelly | Posted on: Jan 29, 2013 - 4:05pm
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Well that explains that look on the loaders face. Note to Frank: Please remember to enclose on of my helmets in the crate for Roy along with the flag and engine.



Posted By: Roy Forbes | Posted on: Jan 29, 2013 - 6:11pm
Total Posts: 362 | Joined: Sep 5, 2012 - 4:57pm



Garth, the 623 is a totally scratch built 1/16 scale 5 foot long RC boat made from Baltic Birch, styrene and brass. You can read the full story on page 10 in the May 2012 issue of All Hands.



Posted By: Roy Forbes | Posted on: Jan 29, 2013 - 6:17pm
Total Posts: 362 | Joined: Sep 5, 2012 - 4:57pm



Nice work Roy! 5' long! It's always nice to see quality scratch work. Would love to see a video of her under way. Thanks so much for sharing.
Dave

David Waples

Posted By: David Waples | Posted on: Jan 29, 2013 - 7:27pm
Total Posts: 1625 | Joined: Jan 2, 2007 - 9:55pm



Roy, let's see here, a Battle Flag, my Packard Engine, and now a helmet, for one broken down old model boat. Your price is too high, but maybe I could send you some photo's of the above mentioned items to put up in your new room............



Posted By: Frank J Andruss Sr | Posted on: Jan 30, 2013 - 1:18am
Total Posts: 3181 | Joined: Oct 9, 2006 - 6:09am



Roy;
I have to admit, I was always a fan of 77' and early 80' Elco's but after working on these two Italeri 596 models(RON 40 Diorama), and looking at photos of your boat here, I would not mind having a larger R/C late Elco model I could run over here in Virginia Beach. You have done an outstanding job, and like Frank, I can't wait to see your underway video.
Take care,
TED



Posted By: TED WALTHER | Posted on: Jan 30, 2013 - 6:47am
Total Posts: 2906 | Joined: Oct 16, 2006 - 7:42am



Roy;
I was just looking at those photos closer, Is that a fire axe mounted on the bulkhead, behind the Stbd .50 cal?
Your attention to detail here is amazing!
Bravo Zulu!!
P.S. I know David wants to see that video too, But Frank is really interested, because he has had Stan secretly working on that request you made, He really will send you that gear for your boat, however, the Battle Flag, the 3 helmets and the Packard Engine, will all be 1/16th scale when they arrive in your mail box.
Take care,
TED



Posted By: TED WALTHER | Posted on: Jan 30, 2013 - 6:57am
Total Posts: 2906 | Joined: Oct 16, 2006 - 7:42am



Ted:

You have given away my plans, maybe Roy won't see this post. Besides, when my Wife hits the lottery this weekend, I am going to buy that 623 boat, and keep Stan busy for a long time, hey wait, I am already keeping him busy, Ride on Toy, PT-66, and PT-109 model.




Posted By: Frank J Andruss Sr | Posted on: Jan 30, 2013 - 7:02am
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I just can't help myself Ted. That is a fire ax that is removable from the mount. Everything on the boat is movable. Half the fun is building but the other half is the photography. So all the photos don't look the same, I can reposition most of the stuff and move the guns so the photos all don't look the same. Even that 40mm clip in the gun and in the loaders hands can be replaced with a different type of round from the rack with a different colored tips. The radar mast can also be lowered down onto the roof of the day room even with the attached motor that drives the unit. It never ends and this is why I have a hard time getting to sleep at night.

PS: The DVD will be done by next week.



Posted By: Roy Forbes | Posted on: Jan 30, 2013 - 7:20am
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Thank you Roy.

Posted By: TGConnelly | Posted on: Jan 30, 2013 - 7:20am
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Oh yea, one other thing. Those two rocket launchers can be moved out and up into their firing positions. They are made of brass and just happen to be able to hold and fire 16 bottle rockets in groups of 4 or all 16 at the same time by RC. Now that I haven't tested that yet for fear of messing up the paint or having a CBP Blackhawk show up over head with laser pointers on me and the 623.



Posted By: Roy Forbes | Posted on: Jan 30, 2013 - 7:25am
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Roy;
That would be awesome to include in your video, a 5 inch rocket run!!
Take care,
TED



Posted By: TED WALTHER | Posted on: Jan 30, 2013 - 9:50am
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