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USS PT-174,

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MSW Crew-mate T. Garth Connelly shares a gallery of images of his latest addition to his showcase, USS PT 174, built by Alex Johnson.



Model Details


Kit-Revell PT-109, 1/72 scale.
Photo etch details- White Ensign Models dedicated PE for the Revell kit

Alex used the WEM 40mm, and scratch-built the unique shield for it. The gun and shield were removed prior to the 174's being sent to the Solomons with Ron 10. Once there ... another 40mm was mounted on the foredeck with a different shield.

He also used AEROCLUB .50 cal machine guns ...The 20mm gun and its cradle is from WEM, but was mounted to the kit's base with a scratch-built shield.

The forward tubes have two resin Mark XIV torpedoes from WEM and the flag is cloth from BECC.

The decal markings/numbers were hand-made by Alex.

The build was was painted with WEM Colourcoats paints, and the Adaptor Scheme was applied with Gator's Paint Masks' mask for that scheme.

The figures were painted by Al LeFleche, of Chicopee MA, who's the President of IPMS Wings'n'Wheels.

The base was made by Alex.
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About the Author

About TimConnelly (TGarthConnelly)
FROM: CONNECTICUT, UNITED STATES

I've authored PT BOATS IN ACTION, VOSPER MTBs IN ACTION and I've co-authored SCHNELLBOOT IN ACTION. I've had articles appear in MODEL SHIP BUILDER, SHIPS IN SCALE, and the IPMS/USA's MODELERS JOURNAL.


Comments

I need to see that one in 1/700. This one is wild enough on your eyes.
NOV 23, 2009 - 02:58 PM
Hi Rui, I will definitely let Alex know about those lenses, that sounds interesting. You know Al LeFleche? Garth
NOV 24, 2009 - 06:29 PM
Thanks Dave ......... It is a nice model. He'll be doing a resin Gulfstream 1:96 Elco 77 footer next. As PT-68. Garth
NOV 24, 2009 - 06:34 PM
Hi Garth I know him "only" via armorama... when this was a small community and we read every post everyday on all sub-areas! Now this is a monster community... so the old guys are away in their "own rooms", kind of grounded I went to Newark/NYC some years ago (the Mrs is a flight attendant, so I took the ride) and Dave O'Meara met with me.... it was January 1st, about 7 am, and we got a great breakfast (well, I had about 4 cups of coffee) and talked a lot. It was fun, 2 ol' salts, from different generations, different navies but with very similar stories to tell! It is a very important moment for me - and I hope, to Dave too (note: According to Dave, I look much younger nowadays!! Go figure....) Al and another member (I can't recall his callsign), declined the meeting (too early on January 1st!!! Long party....) Of course, I will tease him for the rest of our lives with this issue (it's no issue at all) Cheers and congratulations (again) Rui
NOV 24, 2009 - 08:36 PM
Well, I'll be sure to say hello for you to him. He's a nice man. He has a handle-bar moustache ... I like him, he's a nice man. So, that's Dave? I've heard about him and his models but I've never seen him. Garth
NOV 25, 2009 - 09:25 AM
That is a great build; I love the scheme, will try it in a few years once I have a clue wha tI am doing thanks for sharing!
DEC 02, 2009 - 07:45 AM
Thank you James! As I understand it, Alex is sending the boat up to me over this weekend ... so, I SHOULD have it at some point next week. Seeing photos is one thing, seeing it up close is another. Garth
DEC 03, 2009 - 02:12 PM
I've GOT to tell you something... Yesterday, the model arrived from Alex, ... The photos you see here DO NOT give it justice ... the model is simply amazing in person! I can see how dark the Deck Blue (20-B) really is. It does look black. The two WEM torpedoes in the forward tubes look amazing ........ I'm truly amazed, and I don't really like 'from the factory' boats. My favorites are the late war looking boats with roll-off racks and added guns ...... and if a torpedo-tube armed boat amazes me, THAT's saying something. Garth
DEC 18, 2009 - 09:32 AM
Ah... A Happy Camper! I am really pleased that you liked it! It's like when I see models here posted, in build blogs or even in features, but when I get the chance to see them for real, it's a completely different story! They look so much better Congratulations on another PT-Boat on your collection! Cheers, Rui
DEC 18, 2009 - 02:00 PM
Wait until you see Alex's next creation for me .............. It'll knock your socks off. I'm saying that and I haven't even sent the model down to him yet. It's the GULFSTREAM 1:96 kit of the Elco 77 footer. Alex will rework it into a second production series example of that Class. We're hopeful that we can do PT-68 in her one-off camouflage scheme in that photo I'm sure most of you've seen. I was able to get a 1:96 20mm from the SCALE SHIPYARD and some 1:96 .50s from MASTERPIECES IN MINUATURE that he'll use on it. Garth
DEC 18, 2009 - 02:10 PM
We broke our quick reply box. Working on it. Until fixed go to topic to reply.
Thanks.