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Merit 1/48 Elco 80’ PT Boat Early Type WIP

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Posted by waikong on Friday, May 29, 2020 11:05 AM

glad you fixed the future issue, and congrats on your professional hand model to show off your builds. Big Smile

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Posted by plasticjunkie on Friday, May 29, 2020 8:58 AM

Great work there Steve and glad you got the clear coat issue under control. Just to let you know, I recoat Future after about 4-5 minutes and NEVER had any problem. I like to use a wide soft brush and apply the Future this way giving me a glass smooth finish after about 4-5 coats.

It sucks when you have things looking great and then something stupid happens. I was working on a plane the other day and the paint came out fantastic but I tried to fix a tiny thing hardly noticeable but I ruined the beautiful finish on the wing. I waited till the following day and used 1,200 and 6,000 grit pads to polish out the disaster which took out 95% of the damage. Thank God I laid several paint coats when I painted the plane a couple of weeks before. I then took some Novus and polished the area and it was fully restored showing to damage at all. 

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Posted by docidle on Friday, May 29, 2020 12:08 AM

Here’s a public service announcement for everyone thinking of building one of these. Make sure to paint the underside of the deck! I caught it after I had painted and was checking the fit of the deck and hull. 

There’s a overhang, so make sure you paint it.

Steve

By the way, those are my beautiful wife’s hands and not my ugly mits.

       

 

 

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Posted by docidle on Thursday, May 28, 2020 11:58 PM

Jim,

Thanks for checking in, you know I always appreciate it.

I have the clear coat situation to a point that I’m somewhat comfortable to proceed with the decals. I ended up using 90% iso alcohol with a q-tip and rubbed down the entire model for a couple of days. It helped knock down the pebbles a bit. Then I started airbrushing Future in thin coats on her. I also waited a week inbetween coats to make sure it cured.

It’s not perfect but hopefully I’ll be able to do a bit of trickery with the oils and weathering and have a “Happy Accident” as Bob Ross would say!

I‘m planning on starting the ‘Later’ version soon. I have the 1/200 Arizona that I’m working on now as well as a few smaller projects that I need to paint and get off the work bench. It’s very much GMorrison‘s Workspace formula.... “ no matter how big your workspace is, there only about two square feet of workable area... ALWAYS!

Stay tuned for further update.

Steve

       

 

 

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Posted by docidle on Thursday, May 28, 2020 11:45 PM

waikong
Love the life raft details. Can't believe I've been following this thread for 5 years!
 

Thanks W. I’m a REALLY slow builder but I usually work on a number of projects at the same time so this contributes to the snail pace of my WIPs.

Thanks for following along for all this time. I’ve gotten the clear coat issue somewhat fixed so I’ll be starting to post again with the decals and then the weathering.

Steve

       

 

 

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Posted by docidle on Thursday, May 28, 2020 11:42 PM

Drew Cook

"...so many PTs?" There were only three converted 85' Crash Boats in the movie "PT 109." That's why you never see more than three onscreen at the same time. 

 

I knew that there were three boats in PT 109 and in my opinion they did a pretty good job on them. Especially to the four year boy when I first saw the movie. Fell in love with PT boats from that moment on.

I’m wondering if you could answer a question regarding the the stern numbers and depth markers. I’ve decided to do the 103 boat when she was first repainted in the Solomons. From pictures I’ve found online, it looks, like the depth markers on the early boats were painted over and I can’t find a picture with the boat’s number on the base of the 20mm. It’s there while Stateside but hard to tell in theater.

Can you clear up any of this for me, please and thank you.

Steve

 

       

 

 

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Posted by Nino on Friday, May 22, 2020 5:16 PM

docidle

Well, I airbrushed acrylic Clear Gloss on the boat and this happened. For some reason, the gloss pebbles up on me. It’s all over the boat so now I need to figure out how to fix it. I REALLY don’t want to screw this model up at the end.

Most advice I’ve gotten so far is to use Future and see if I can get it leveled out. So I’ll need to order some Future or Tile and Vina floor care, or whatever they call it now. Argh!

Steve

 

 
  I too had this happen.  I was sort of lucky.  It was on an M4 that I was ready to add decals to.  I simply decide it gave the turret a nice "cast" look.
     I did not find a solution other than to give the Tank away to a young neighbor. (It was motorized- he loved it!)
 
   I sure hope Future works.  You PT is a beautiful model and you have done such exqusite work and detailing.  (Loved your raft !)
 
       Jim.
     
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Posted by waikong on Wednesday, May 20, 2020 1:43 PM
Love the life raft details. Can't believe I've been following this thread for 5 years!

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Posted by Drew Cook on Wednesday, May 20, 2020 12:14 AM

"...so many PTs?" There were only three converted 85' Crash Boats in the movie "PT 109." That's why you never see more than three onscreen at the same time. 

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Posted by docidle on Saturday, April 18, 2020 10:13 PM

Well, I airbrushed acrylic Clear Gloss on the boat and this happened. For some reason, the gloss pebbles up on me. It’s all over the boat so now I need to figure out how to fix it. I REALLY don’t want to screw this model up at the end.

Most advice I’ve gotten so far is to use Future and see if I can get it leveled out. So I’ll need to order some Future or Tile and Vina floor care, or whatever they call it now. Argh!

Steve

       

 

 

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Posted by docidle on Saturday, April 18, 2020 10:05 PM

Thanks bud. Yes, I am going to weather it and I now have an issue. I’ll posts some pics so you can see what happened.

Steve

       

 

 

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Posted by surfsup on Saturday, April 18, 2020 1:51 AM

Lovely clean work so far my Friend. Are you going to weather her..??.....Cheers mark

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Posted by docidle on Thursday, April 16, 2020 7:56 PM

Everything is ready for the Acrylic Gloss coat. So, here are some pictures before I coat it, add some decals for the 103 boat and then weather this puppy. Enjoy

Steve

       

 

 

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Posted by docidle on Tuesday, April 7, 2020 6:06 PM

Attention to detail.

Looking at photos of actual boats while docked, they shows that tarps were over the guns. So, I'm adding resin tarps from ValueGear, which are made for the Armor modelers or Heavy Metal enthusiasts, but I hope they won't mind me highjacking them for a ship model...

The first pictures shows an actual boat with tarps and the second shows the finished ones I did today. The oils are still wet so they're shiny! However, they'll calm down as the oils dry. I'll place them about the boat as needed.

As a side note, the tarps were probably painted with the Tropical Green color but I wanted a bit of visual interest well as color variation.

Tomorrow I tackle the life jackets and helmets.

Steve

       

 

 

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Posted by plasticjunkie on Monday, April 6, 2020 5:49 AM

docidle

Thanks PJ and please another beer for me! Also thankd for all the comments and encouragements, they have been most appreciate bud.

Steve

 

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Posted by docidle on Sunday, April 5, 2020 10:11 PM

Thanks PJ and please another beer for me! Also thanks for all the comments and encouragements, they have been most appreciated bud.

Steve

       

 

 

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Posted by plasticjunkie on Sunday, April 5, 2020 5:17 PM

This is outstanding work Steve. Your attention to detail is just too much.Beer

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Posted by docidle on Sunday, April 5, 2020 4:56 PM

I finally got around to the life raft after thinking about it for weeks now. Not as detailed as I wanted to originally do but a nice easy inprovement. Syren line of course. I'll also be using Syren to add lines around the boat.

So, to update. I used the plastic coverings for the brass electrical wiring that details the aft gun canvas dodger for the attachment points. Painted with the boat color. I started by glueing the line halfway into the first cover but didn't glue that onto the raft. I did this because I needed the end of the line to fit underneath that attachment point too.

Next I glued the second cover to the line and left some sag. It was at this point that I had a ah ha moment. I figured that I could glue the line to the raft at each attachment point, give it some sag and then glue the cover on........ DUH! Needless to say it went fairly quickly after that.

After everything was dry, I added the accoutrements but didn't glue them down since I will be gloss coating everything and I wanted to weather the raft etc...

Steve

 

       

 

 

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Posted by docidle on Sunday, April 5, 2020 4:39 PM

Here are the finished pictures of the puttied and painted windscreen. Definitely needs some touch up.

Steve

And here are the frontal shots. Man, I LOVE this plastic putty. Clean up with water and no sanding and no losing details!

 

       

 

 

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Posted by docidle on Saturday, April 4, 2020 1:44 AM

Small update. I finally have the replacement armored windscreen glued on and painted. Used Perfect Plastic Putty for the joint. Came out okay. I just realized that I don’t have a finished photo, so I’ll post that tomorrow. Here’s the work that I have photos for your enjoyment.

Steve

 

       

 

 

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Posted by docidle on Saturday, April 4, 2020 1:28 AM

plasticjunkie

Nothing like working with tiny parts to get the flow going lol. That looks super Steve.

 

If you say so bud..... I was starting to see crossed eyed after awhile!

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Posted by plasticjunkie on Wednesday, April 1, 2020 7:08 AM

Nothing like working with tiny parts to get the flow going lol. That looks super Steve.

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Posted by docidle on Tuesday, March 31, 2020 10:26 PM

Well, as the world turns and we’re in lockdown now, I thought I would post a couple of pictures of the “progress” I’ve made. That way, we can all entertain each other no matter where we reside. I hope everyone is staying safe and is healthy.

First off I thought I would further the discussion on AMS (Advanced Modelers  Syndrome). Hi, my name is Steve and I have AMS. 

After mulling over the mast and rigging requirements, I found some 1/48 turnbuckles from GasPatch that would go perfect on the mast, I just had to get them. 

Drilling holes into the mast was interesting to say the least. Here are some pictures of my insanity. What I didn’t figure out was a cleat to tie off to. Well at least it has rigging now.

And yes, I realize that most boats ditched their mast but I kinda like the look of it, so it stays.

Steve

Here is the size of the turnbuckle next to a dime.

And a turnbuckle drilled and set in the mast.

And rigged.

 

 

 

 

       

 

 

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Posted by docidle on Tuesday, March 31, 2020 9:59 PM

Tanker-Builder

Hey Steve!

 I am resurrecting my old Lindberg boat. You want to build the guns for me? Man, that's beautiful!

 

I would say no problem Tank but I think my wife would have a thing or two to say on the subject...

Steve

       

 

 

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Posted by docidle on Tuesday, March 31, 2020 9:57 PM

Tanker-Builder

Hi;

      Took me a while to chime in here. I like what you have done so far. Looks like you did a good job. Now, that said. A couple of times the old Monogram PCF was mentioned. This kit lends itself to a little lengthening. Then civilian markings and you have- a pilot boat or an offshore rig crewboat!

     Oh and how many have taken the RAG boat and converted it for civilian use. Such as a Mailboat perhaps? There were two P.T.Looking boats running tourists around for a while. where I lived. Now those had the center engine and drive gear removed.

     This kit looks very cluttered. I always wondered about that. Photos I have seen seem to show a deck with a lot of clutter and lack of space. The Higgins boats were worse in that regard.

 

Thanks for checking in Tank. I like your ideas for the various kits. The owner of the local hobby shop once told me that there are assemblers and builders in this hobby. There’s nothing wrong with either of them but I think I take the builder monicker to the extreme most of the times though.....

If I let the AMS get the better of me, then I can build myself into not building at all!

Steve

       

 

 

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Posted by docidle on Tuesday, March 31, 2020 9:52 PM

surfsup

Just catching up with the Build and love the added Detail you have done. Very impressive work so far.....Cheers Mark

 

Thanks for checking in Mark and I appreciate the kudos, high praise coming from you! 

Steve

 

       

 

 

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Posted by docidle on Tuesday, March 31, 2020 9:51 PM

plasticjunkie

Looks good Steve. There is junk sitting around just waiting to be re invented into something else. I find many uses from left over wiring and the plastic casings too.

 

I absolutely agree PJ. It’s also much cheaper than running to my local hobby shop, Shapeways or evilBay!!!

Steve

       

 

 

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Posted by Tanker-Builder on Sunday, March 15, 2020 8:00 AM

Hey Steve!

 I am resurrecting my old Lindberg boat. You want to build the guns for me? Man, that's beautiful!

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Posted by Tanker-Builder on Sunday, March 15, 2020 7:55 AM

Hi;

      Took me a while to chime in here. I like what you have done so far. Looks like you did a good job. Now, that said. A couple of times the old Monogram PCF was mentioned. This kit lends itself to a little lengthening. Then civilian markings and you have- a pilot boat or an offshore rig crewboat!

     Oh and how many have taken the RAG boat and converted it for civilian use. Such as a Mailboat perhaps? There were two P.T.Looking boats running tourists around for a while. where I lived. Now those had the center engine and drive gear removed.

     This kit looks very cluttered. I always wondered about that. Photos I have seen seem to show a deck with a lot of clutter and lack of space. The Higgins boats were worse in that regard.

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