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Forum Name: PT Boats - General
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Topic: PT 302 Build
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It's been a while sense I 've posted. I've been busy working on Frank's PT 302. Here is a slight progress report. I bought the 1/32 Higgins plans from Al Ross and had them downsized by 91.4 % to make them 1/35. Than cut the bulkheads and sideview out and glued them to 1/8' ply wood. Glued everyk thing together and covered with Bass wood sheets and Balsa blocks. Right now I'm shaping anmd measuring. Next step is laminating .015' plastic sheets on the hull.

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Posted By: Bob Butler | Posted on: Jun 10, 2013 - 5:57pm
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Nice work Bob, and great foundation using Al's plans. I bet you'll like the boat so much that Frank will have to wait for the 2nd one!




Posted By: Jeff D | Posted on: Jun 10, 2013 - 6:44pm
Total Posts: 2023 | Joined: Dec 21, 2006 - 1:30am



Jeff, please don't say that, you'll make a grown man cry, lol. I think it looks great, and if any of you wonderful model builders out there have any tips or anything of use that Bob can use, don't hesitate, I always appreciate hearing from you guys on any build..................



Posted By: Frank Andruss | Posted on: Jun 10, 2013 - 7:04pm
Total Posts: 3964 | Joined: Feb 9, 2007 - 11:41am



Just put some putty ont the Higgins, Here's a couple more for size compared to the Italeri kit.

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Posted By: Bob Butler | Posted on: Jun 10, 2013 - 8:52pm
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Great work Bob, I love seeing construction photos, and I know this will be a wonderful boat for my Mosquito Fleet Exhibit.................

http://mosquito-fleet.gdinc.com/






Posted By: Frank Andruss | Posted on: Jun 11, 2013 - 12:54am
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Bob;
You are doing a great job! Keep the photos coming!
Take care,
TED



Posted By: TED WALTHER | Posted on: Jun 11, 2013 - 6:53am
Total Posts: 2926 | Joined: Oct 16, 2006 - 7:42am



Frank;
Do you see those models in the background of Bobs photos? Are those for you too?
Take care,
TED



Posted By: TED WALTHER | Posted on: Jun 11, 2013 - 7:10am
Total Posts: 2926 | Joined: Oct 16, 2006 - 7:42am



Ted, God No, I am blessed that Bob is doing PT-302 for my Exhibit, so no the other boats are not for me, unless of course Bob wants to send them, JUST KIDDING BOB!!!!!!!!



Posted By: Frank Andruss | Posted on: Jun 11, 2013 - 8:47am
Total Posts: 3964 | Joined: Feb 9, 2007 - 11:41am



What your looking at in the background is PT 41, 109, 196 and 596 in 1/72. They were shelved so I could work on the 1/35 boats so I could learn how to detail the smaller ones better, and now thanks to the knowage I've gained from the 1/35 kits, this Fourm and all of you fine folks I can finish them, if I ever get the time. I certainly got what I ask for, Thanks...



Posted By: Bob Butler | Posted on: Jun 11, 2013 - 12:30pm
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Keep it coming Bob. Anxious to see how this one comes along.
Dave

PS. Frank's not kidding! :-)

David Waples

Posted By: David Waples | Posted on: Jun 12, 2013 - 9:55pm
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Thanks a lot Dave, lol, you know me pretty well..................



Posted By: Frank Andruss | Posted on: Jun 13, 2013 - 4:43pm
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Well the plastic arived today so I started the laminating process, and it's working great. The deck is V-grove, that'll save a lot of scribingl. I'll have a plastic boat before long.


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Posted By: Bob Butler | Posted on: Jun 20, 2013 - 6:55pm
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Wow! That is really a great idea! That I never thought of!. All that Evergreen Plastic sheet that seems to sit forever in my local Hobbytown store. Maybe I will use...."borrow" your idea on my PT 308 model, which is temoparily sitting on the shelf until I finish my RON 40/Miami diorama.
Thanks!
Take care,
TED



Posted By: TED WALTHER | Posted on: Jun 21, 2013 - 7:12am
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Bob,

I like the way you've moved the depth charges further aft on your Italeri PT 109 build...to my eye, that's where they more appropriately belong.



Posted By: Drew Cook | Posted on: Jun 21, 2013 - 7:13am
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I love it every time Bob posts photos of the build. PT-302 will take it's rightful place in "The Mosquito Fleet Exhibit", thanks to Bob's generosity.............



Posted By: Frank Andruss | Posted on: Jun 21, 2013 - 4:41pm
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Got the charthouse and the turrets going today. Waiting for putty to dry.


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Posted By: Bob Butler | Posted on: Jun 26, 2013 - 7:48pm
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Great job Bob, she is really starting to take shape. I am going to be very proud to have this boat in my Exhibit, and I know Arthur Frongello will love it too............



Posted By: Frank Andruss | Posted on: Jun 26, 2013 - 9:49pm
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Frist Italeri parts to be used. Stu Hurley sent me a partical conversion kit and these are some of the part being used. Thanks Stu...


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Posted By: Bob Butler | Posted on: Jun 27, 2013 - 3:45pm
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I get even more excited every time Bob post's more building shots of PT-302.



Posted By: Frank Andruss | Posted on: Jun 27, 2013 - 7:44pm
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Bob,
It looks like you're building the prototype for Italeri's next project!

Calm down Frank!

Dave

David Waples

Posted By: David Waples | Posted on: Jun 28, 2013 - 4:58am
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Bob,
Fantastic job, glad you could make use of the parts.


Best Regards,
Stu.






Posted By: Stuart Hurley | Posted on: Jun 28, 2013 - 6:31am
Total Posts: 246 | Joined: Mar 19, 2013 - 3:32am



Bob thanks so much for sending Bob the parts. Dave I can't help it, I am always excited to get PT BOATS for the Exhibit, when are you sending me one, Ha, Ha...................Will has been sending me one for 5 years now, I'm getting tired of waiting by the box.



Posted By: Frank Andruss | Posted on: Jun 28, 2013 - 7:16am
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Frank, Bob is the builder, Stu is the parts sender (lol). Nice to hear from you again Stu hows the 109 doing?



Posted By: Bob Butler | Posted on: Jun 28, 2013 - 10:59am
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Bob,
Frank got all excited when he saw your photos. [:-bigeyes2-:]
109 is in the paint shop as we speak. Will post some pics when she's fit to be seen again.

Best Regards,
Stu.






Posted By: Stuart Hurley | Posted on: Jun 28, 2013 - 1:08pm
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I warned him to sit down when he saw the photos of the charthouse on the hull. Take it easy Frank, Christmas may be early this year. I don't think anyone will be able to say he doesn't appreciate things.



Posted By: Bob Butler | Posted on: Jun 28, 2013 - 3:00pm
Total Posts: 192 | Joined: Mar 23, 2013 - 11:58am



Opps, I was so excited, I couldn't get my names straight. Well, you know what I mean, lol.



Posted By: Frank Andruss | Posted on: Jun 28, 2013 - 3:30pm
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It's OK Frank you know we love you. I was going to build PT 302 from a lot of scrach built parts but I think I'm going to use the parts from a PT 596 kit and get you your boat a lot sooner. I can scratch the parts for the PT 596 when I build it, or maybe Italeri will come out with another parts kit. I hope you realize I've got a lot of projects in mind and I'm comming to you for referance material.



Posted By: Bob Butler | Posted on: Jun 28, 2013 - 8:43pm
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Things moving forward on the build, Bob sent me a few photo's, but I'll wait until he posts them, looking great Bob....................



Posted By: Frank Andruss | Posted on: Jul 6, 2013 - 2:51pm
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