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PostSubject: S.O.S. !!!   S.O.S. !!! Icon_minitimeMon May 20, 2019 7:01 am

I have always been interested in PT Boats in WWII.
Perhaps it was watching those old re-runs of "McHale's Navy" on TV as a kid?

Anyway, here's my take on a PT Boat that managed to torpedo an enemy ship but took a hit itself in the process.
Captain and an injured crew member have taken to a hatch-cover raft as the burning PT boat sinks.
(Those things were literally made of little more than plywood!)
Hope their mates see that flare and come to their rescue!

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PostSubject: Re: S.O.S. !!!   S.O.S. !!! Icon_minitimeMon May 20, 2019 7:56 am

Another great action shot and bashes!
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PostSubject: Re: S.O.S. !!!   S.O.S. !!! Icon_minitimeMon May 20, 2019 7:57 am

That’s been very well put together LeStryge.

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PostSubject: Re: S.O.S. !!!   S.O.S. !!! Icon_minitimeMon May 20, 2019 7:57 am

Nice composition and posing.. like that! Twisted Evil
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PostSubject: Re: S.O.S. !!!   S.O.S. !!! Icon_minitimeTue May 21, 2019 2:23 am

Nice shot! cheers

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PostSubject: Re: S.O.S. !!!   S.O.S. !!! Icon_minitimeTue May 21, 2019 5:10 am

Excellent shot and figures!!!

You gotta love the Navy!

Two of my favorite models as a kid were models of PT73 and PT109.

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PostSubject: Re: S.O.S. !!!   S.O.S. !!! Icon_minitimeTue May 21, 2019 6:04 am

gibri wrote:
Two of my favorite models as a kid were models of PT73 and PT109.
Agreed!
I still have a much treasured plastic put-together kit model of PT 109 from childhood.
Not 1/6 scale though unfortunately......
Seems I have always been fascinated with things in miniature.

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PostSubject: Re: S.O.S. !!!   S.O.S. !!! Icon_minitimeTue May 21, 2019 4:13 pm

This pic inspired me to read up a bit about PT boats. Of the more than 500 constructed during the war, most were scrapped shortly after hostilities ended, and only nine original PT boat hulls remain in existence today.

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PostSubject: Re: S.O.S. !!!   S.O.S. !!! Icon_minitimeTue May 21, 2019 11:25 pm

SCU_HQ wrote:
This pic inspired me to read up a bit about PT boats. Of the more than 500 constructed during the war, most were scrapped shortly after hostilities ended, and only nine original PT boat hulls remain in existence today.
The fictional PT 73 of McHale's Navy fame had an interesting history. Talk about kitbashing!

Three PT-73 boats were used in the filming. One was for shots at sea and two were converted 63-ft World War II Army Air Force Sea Rescue boats based at Universal Studios, which were reconfigured above-deck to resemble the vessel used in filming the PT-73 underway; a 71-foot type II Vosper MTB (motor torpedo boat), a British design built in the U.S. for export to the Soviet Union. The war ended in August 1945 before the boat, hull number PT-694, was sent to the Soviet Union. The boat was purchased by Howard Hughes for a chase boat for the only flight of his Spruce Goose aircraft. The boat was sold to the studio—as there were few PT boats in existence, almost all having been sold, stripped, or destroyed after the war by various governments—where significant liberties were taken reconfiguring the Vosper 694 and the two Sea Rescue boats to resemble a World War II-era PT boat.
The sea-going (ex-Howard Hughes PT-694 boat) PT-73 was sold to the mayor of Hawthorne, California, Hal Crozer, and converted to a sport-fishing boat. In 1992, the boat was destroyed when it broke from its mooring near Santa Barbara and washed up on the beach during a storm.

I have also seen a doco where they claim to have found the remains of PT 109, but you see very little evidence of the boat itself. If indeed is is the actual craft of John F. Kennedy fame, I guess only the metal parts would survive now as plywood rapidly decays under salt water.

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PostSubject: Re: S.O.S. !!!   S.O.S. !!! Icon_minitimeWed May 22, 2019 4:41 pm

The McHale's Navy boat previously belonged to Howard Hughes?!? Okay, how cool is that!

That such a historically important... in a pop-cultural sense, anyway... vessel was allowed to be destroyed by a storm (because, seriously, how bad can storms be in Santa freakin' Barbara, California) is just sad. Why do I suspect the boat was in need of repairs and was heavily insured?

Definitely fascinating info!

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PostSubject: Re: S.O.S. !!!   S.O.S. !!! Icon_minitimeThu May 23, 2019 6:48 am

They were also powered by aviation gasoline, which meant just about any hit caused a massive fuel explosion with the obvious result to a wooden hull, not to mention very serious burns to the crew. (Hence the raging flames I included in my pic.)
The wooden construction also proved to be a problem in high seas, damaging so easily.

In truth it must be said that PT Boats were not highly efficient as weapons due to the massively defective torpedoes they were issued with. They either jammed in the tube causing panic, or even if they did hit their target they just wouldn't explode due to poorly designed detonators. By the time these issues were resolved the war was very nearly over.
Their guns however had more effect against aircraft.

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