The PT Boat Forum

Forum Category: PT Boats of WWII

Forum Name: PT Boats - General

Topic: Most Wanted Kits

I just received the latest edition (Sept. 2010) of Fine Scale Modeler, which has the results of their Most Wanted Kits survey. You guys and gals came through! We placed first in 1/35 scale ships and boats and second in 1/72 scale ships and boats (darn U-boats!). Maybe now Italeri, Revell, Trumpeter, and Tamiya will get the message!


Posted By: SteveS156 | Posted on: Jul 30, 2010 - 7:10am
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Posted By: Will Day | Posted on: Jul 30, 2010 - 7:37am
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PT BOATS ROCK!!!!!!!!!!!! YAhooooooooo.........

Posted By: Frank J Andruss Sr | Posted on: Jul 30, 2010 - 8:25am
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I'd be all for more 1/35 scale kits that were under $100. I can't spend that kind of dough on a model when a real uniform only cost me $40! 1/35 has got to be more fun, too. Just put the 1/72 40mm together... I've always been a fine detail guy, be it drawing, sculpting, or model building, but holy crap that was rough...

Posted By: Garandomatic | Posted on: Jul 30, 2010 - 10:49am
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Had to use the magnifier, did you? Well, that is whst happens when we get old. That is why I like 1/35 scale. Watch e-bay for reduced cost kits od PT's.


Posted By: SteveS156 | Posted on: Aug 1, 2010 - 8:53am
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I know you 78' Higgins veterans and enthusiasts want a good new model kit version of your favorite PT -- and you deserve one!


I'm hoping they'll make a new kit of the venerable second-series 77' Elcos, the boats that held the line around Guadalcanal during those early, "Long Were The Nights" nights, and also fought through the Russells, Rendova, and New Guinea campaigns.

My new kit fantasies are to see a 1/72nd scale kit with parts for both a stock 77' footer and a PT 59/60/61-type gunboat, and a 1/35th scale PT 103-class boat kit.

Posted By: Drew Cook | Posted on: Aug 6, 2010 - 10:13am
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It seems as though the model companies are way behind when it comes to any updated kits for the PT BOATS. Those of us that love these boats have waited way too long for new kits to flood the market. I will never understand that here we are living in AMERICA, and yet you can pick up anything that has to do with the GERMANS ( who lost the war I might add), and struggle to find American Kits and parts..........Something is wrong here.

Posted By: Frank J Andruss Sr | Posted on: Aug 6, 2010 - 11:27am
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My thoughts exactly Frank A.!!! AND.......... all of those German kits are mostly manufactured by Japanese???????? I don't get that??

I certainly voted for some new PT boat kit to hit the market as well. I'm hoping for an Italerie 103 class PT to come out. There has been some scuttlebutt about this company possibly coming out with this kit in the future. I sure hope so!

Oh yeah, I'm glad to be back on the ol' message board! Missed all you guys!

Frank Ryczek, Jr.
Modeler/Friend RON 10 PT-169 " ZEBRA SNAFU " Base Tulagi



Posted By: FRANK | Posted on: Aug 6, 2010 - 3:47pm
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Ahoy there.

I too would like to see an accurate 1/35 scale 77' Elco and a 103-Class 80 feet Elco. A 78' Higgins would also be nice. Just think of all the scenes you could recreate with those.

Cheers from Peter

"Give me a faster PT boat for I'd like to get out of harm's way!"

Posted By: PeterTareBuilder | Posted on: Aug 6, 2010 - 5:59pm
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Oh, c'mon guys! 1/72? 1/35?? And here we have a lovely 77' Elco and 80' Elco available for you in 1/350, complete with their own dedicated PE frets. And for Vietnam vets like myself, we have a 1/350 Nasty-class PTF as well. Get out your Optivisors....[:-bigeyes2-:]

John Snyder
White Ensign Models

Posted By: John Snyder | Posted on: Aug 11, 2010 - 6:14pm
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Hi John.

It's kind of hard to RC a 1/350 PT boat even if it is an 80 footer.

Cheers from Peter

"Give me a faster PT boat for I'd like to get out of harm's way!"

Posted By: PeterTareBuilder | Posted on: Aug 11, 2010 - 10:38pm
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Well said Peter I prefer 1/24th myself nothing like drawing up the plans and building with timber, and for those that like the fact that the boats were built of Mahogany a little bit of chaseing down some materials will create a great hull from this timber.
As they say bigger is better and in the modeling world the P.T. Boats offer a great scope in the large scale, just take the italeri 1/35th model they could have made it in a smaller scale, but look at the detail and think what can be done to it ! This is the way to go, now for a 77' Elco and a 78' Higgins and the group will be about as complete as we will see from the model companies so the rest is up to us the modeler !


Posted By: David Buck | Posted on: Aug 11, 2010 - 11:30pm
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That 1/350 scale is much too small for my Exhibit. 1/35 scale is just perfect for working with. Alex Johnson has done some great backdating on our PT-374 Project, making scratch built parts. Now a 103 class Elco and a Higgins, would be just wonderful. Heck, I would even like to see someone do a Huckins...........

Posted By: Frank J Andruss Sr | Posted on: Aug 12, 2010 - 6:17am
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John, you're not plugging your products are you? I happen to be the proud owner of a pair of 1:700 PT's. What's nice about 350th and 700th is that you can create a scene and there are lots of subjects available. Loose Cannon has a wonderful PT Boat Base. I think you can get that from John (White Ensign Models) as well.

Now, there's a very good chance that we'll see the 1/35 Elco come back in an earlier class. You can tell it was designed to have that flexibility. You never know, somebody might get the rights for the Italeri kit and release it as a 103 class boat.

But there is a wonderful 103 class kit available in 1/48 scale right now from Bluejacket models. Like any kit with a little extra work you can create a masterpiece. That's the one I'm working on now.

It would be nice to see a 77' Elco. I would love to do the 59 boat someday. What a prickly beast that was.

Well off to work!


David Waples

Posted By: David Waples | Posted on: Aug 13, 2010 - 6:05am
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