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Topic: Update on Italeri 1:35 PT-109
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On the Cybermodel web site MRC distributor in the US for Italeri posted an announcement on the new 109 kit. You'll find it at this link...

[url]http://www.cybermodeler.com/news/italeri.shtml[/url]

I reached out to check in with my friends at Italeri to see if they have any updates they can share with us. Stay tuned!

Dave

David Waples

Posted By: David Waples | Posted on: Sep 7, 2012 - 5:33am
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Dave, exciting News. If this art work is going to be the final one for the box, I think it looks great. It looks as if ITALERI has really paid attention to all of the details. I look forward to purchasing this kit, which I think will be an even bigger run than the 596.



Posted By: Frank J Andruss Sr | Posted on: Sep 7, 2012 - 6:52am
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Hey David . . .
Do you think Stefano could give us some "first look" photos when they are ready to release the model. It would be cool if he gave us a nice heads up to show on this board at or before all the model sources start promoing it.

Just a thought,
Dick . . . .



Posted By: Dick | Posted on: Sep 7, 2012 - 8:08am
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Don't mean to put the cart before the horse, but...any news on a seperate Italeri "PT 109" 1/35th scale crew-figure set?

Just had another random thought...hope they've engineered the kit so the forward ends of the tubes can be placed in launching position(s).

Yet another...hope in addition to the 37mm gun (and 2''x 8'' plank mounts?) they'll include complete parts for a standard 103-class 80' Elco, some of which were apparently missing or not used on the 109...



Posted By: Drew Cook | Posted on: Sep 7, 2012 - 8:37am
Total Posts: 1285 | Joined: Oct 19, 2006 - 10:44am



Nice to see that the long wait for a decent PT-103 Class boat is nearly over. At first glance the $189.00 price seems like a lot but it isn't when one considers the price of the Lindberg kit and all, even just the styene, needed to make it a reasonablemodel never mind the time required to do that. I suppose that Itaeri will, like they did with the 40 mm Bofors gun and Dragon did with the Manxon .50 quad turret, release the 37 mm as a separate kit. That'll make the 1/35 scale armour guys happy too.

Cheers

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

Posted By: PeterTareBuilder | Posted on: Sep 7, 2012 - 7:41pm
Total Posts: 494 | Joined: Jun 24, 2008 - 5:59pm




Hey David . . .
Do you think Stefano could give us some "first look" photos when they are ready to release the model. It would be cool if he gave us a nice heads up to show on this board at or before all the model sources start promoing it.

Just a thought,
Dick . . . .



Hi guys,
This morning I sent my two contacts at Italeri a request for anything they could share with us. Test shots, whatever. I believe we challenged them by throwing so much information their way and I know Steve was up against a tight deadline. I'm very proud of you all for stepping up and providing so much helpful and constructive information and I think that's reflected in their press release. I'm hopeful that we'll have the opportunity to unveil it here. As soon as I have something to share with you, with their permission I will. Thanks again everyone.
Dave

David Waples

Posted By: David Waples | Posted on: Sep 7, 2012 - 8:01pm
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Don't mean to put the cart before the horse, but...any news on a seperate Italeri "PT 109" 1/35th scale crew-figure set?

Just had another random thought...hope they've engineered the kit so the forward ends of the tubes can be placed in launching position(s).

Yet another...hope in addition to the 37mm gun (and 2''x 8'' plank mounts?) they'll include complete parts for a standard 103-class 80' Elco, some of which were apparently missing or not used on the 109...



Drew, I just realized I didn't answer your question...

No word on a crew for this kit. It would be cool to have JFK and the rest modeled, all half dressed of course. I did suggest to them that they make an accessories set including all the fun things that have ever been thrown on a PT. Especially SO Radar, old style 37mm, etc. I suspect they already have the 40mm Bofors. Would be fun and create an endless opportunity of subjects. We'll see.
Dave

David Waples

Posted By: David Waples | Posted on: Sep 8, 2012 - 2:49pm
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Dave,

Personally, I'd still prefer to see a 109-specific crew in battle-dress and kapoks (although JFK may actually have worn an wrap-around inflatable life belt?), as on a patrol... I'd like to see a JFK figure with the OD USMC/Navy fatigue cap, and maybe a Lenny Thom beared figure, but all that is probably too much to hope for. Figures like that could be bashed by a skilled modeler anyhow, I guess.

The "half-dressed" look would, of course give the option of posing a crew on the boat in a dockside, shoreline, or nest-moored scenario...



Posted By: Drew Cook | Posted on: Sep 9, 2012 - 7:17am
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I am surprised that with all of the express interest for certain PT BOAT FIGURES, some company hasn't jumped on it. Being able to get an entire crew in 1/35 scale looking as they really did in the Pacific, in my mind would be a money maker. I know I would love to get already made figures with fatigue hats, shorts, beards, etc, for my projects. It just opens up plenty of doors for the guys who build these wonderful boats to do so much more.......



Posted By: Frank J Andruss Sr | Posted on: Sep 9, 2012 - 9:19am
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Accurate Model Parts knew of somebody who was working on figures but they never materialized. I think it would be cool to have a JFK figure and crew. We'll see.
Dave

David Waples

Posted By: David Waples | Posted on: Sep 9, 2012 - 11:30am
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Don't mean to put the cart before the horse, but...any news on a seperate Italeri "PT 109" 1/35th scale crew-figure set?

Just had another random thought...hope they've engineered the kit so the forward ends of the tubes can be placed in launching position(s).

Yet another...hope in addition to the 37mm gun (and 2''x 8'' plank mounts?) they'll include complete parts for a standard 103-class 80' Elco, some of which were apparently missing or not used on the 109...



Hi there.

What was missing from the 109 that was on other early 103 Class boats?

Cheers

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

Posted By: PeterTareBuilder | Posted on: Sep 10, 2012 - 3:09am
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Let's see...

1) The binnacle on the chart house.
2) The search light mount on the port side of the cockpit.
3) The light which mounts on the bow fairlead
4) The class A frame mast. (It could be that it was removed and used when necessary but I've not seen a picture of the 109 with a mast in theatre.)

That's all that comes to mind at the moment. Anyone else?
Dave

David Waples

Posted By: David Waples | Posted on: Sep 10, 2012 - 9:03pm
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Dave just about covered it...

The main part I was thinking of is the searchlight pintle mount on the port cockpit splash shield, as he mentioned. I've never seen that part represented on any manufactured model of a 103-class Elco, in any scale.

Don't know if the searchlight's pole-mount was present on the 109...it doesn't show up in the few known photos of the boat under JFK, but...as I said, I hope all the standard parts for a PT 109 103-class Elco will be included, to be used or not, as the modeler sees fit.



Posted By: Drew Cook | Posted on: Sep 11, 2012 - 2:12pm
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Don't mean to put the cart before the horse, but...any news on a seperate Italeri "PT 109" 1/35th scale crew-figure set?

Just had another random thought...hope they've engineered the kit so the forward ends of the tubes can be placed in launching position(s).

Yet another...hope in addition to the 37mm gun (and 2''x 8'' plank mounts?) they'll include complete parts for a standard 103-class 80' Elco, some of which were apparently missing or not used on the 109...



Does the box art,other than the 37 mm) look like a standard 103 Class boat? If it does maybe we'll get luck and have all of the needed parts inside for a standard boat.

Cheers

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

Posted By: PeterTareBuilder | Posted on: Sep 12, 2012 - 6:13am
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Don't see the searchlight pintle mount on the box art...depth charges are too far forward (for the 109 - as usual)...too much rigging on the "A"-frame mast...

But...the classic Revell 1/72nd scale kit's box art had the boat colored gray, red torpedo warheads, and, if I remember correctly, a canvas splash skirt on the aft twin-.50 turret -- which wasn't represented in the kit.

Can't really go by the box art...





Posted By: Drew Cook | Posted on: Sep 13, 2012 - 1:33pm
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Don't see the searchlight pintle mount on the box art...depth charges are too far forward (for the 109 - as usual)...too much rigging on the "A"-frame mast...

But...the classic Revell 1/72nd scale kit's box art had the boat colored gray, red torpedo warheads, and, if I remember correctly, a canvas splash skirt on the aft twin-.50 turret -- which wasn't represented in the kit.

Can't really go by the box art...





Was just hoping.

Cheers

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

Posted By: PeterTareBuilder | Posted on: Sep 13, 2012 - 5:34pm
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I just heard back from Italeri today and they are about 20 days out from shipping. Just in time for the holidays! I just reviewed the included booklet and they did a very nice job with it as well. I can't wait to see what you all do with this kit!
Dave

David Waples

Posted By: David Waples | Posted on: Sep 19, 2012 - 5:36am
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I know what I am now asking my Family for Christmas. Do I dare ask for two................



Posted By: Frank J Andruss Sr | Posted on: Sep 19, 2012 - 6:31am
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Oh, Stan will just jump for joy if you get more than one, Frank. He was probably looking for something to fill his spare time.

Will

Posted By: Will Day | Posted on: Sep 19, 2012 - 10:03am
Total Posts: 1954 | Joined: Oct 8, 2006 - 4:19pm



He just loves the work I give him, besides you never know when he might retire, so I have to keep building. I could send you some projects, but I don't know if I can wait until 2023.



Posted By: Frank J Andruss Sr | Posted on: Sep 19, 2012 - 11:18am
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