1/72 PT-109 – (Revell 1963)

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This will eventually be part of a double build with the new 2018 mold, but for now, this build of the 1963 Revell classic is my only PT-109.

I finished it essentially out of the box except for correcting the colors for the propellors and rudders. Both were cast manganese bronze, and unpainted. I’ve left them gray until I can get some bronze color paint. The kit shows PT-109 as it appeared until shortly before the night before its loss, at which point it carried two depth charges, and its commander Lt. j.g. John F. Kennedy had procured a 37mm artillery piece which was tied down forward in place of the raft. The new Revell kit has these details – as you can tell from the photo below the part count is just “slightly” higher.

I did dispense with the large decals on the hull, which weren’t present during its time in the Solomons – in fact no photos of PT-109 show any hull numbers ever. I also replaced the kit flag with a metal one. I painted the windows and windscreen dark blue, and picked out the skylights in the same color, but otherwise built it straight out of the box.

The boats were shipped out from Norfolk likely in overall Ocean Gray (5-O) but were repainted dark green (likely Navy Green (5-G) or the rough equivalent) when they arrived in the Solomons. I wasn’t able to find the equivalent for Navy Green (5-G) that I wanted, so had to use Vallejo Model Color (not Model Air) US Dark Green 70.893 (FS 34089) over Vallejo Olive Drab primer. But I really couldn’t have been happier with the color – I thinned it with a 1:2 ratio instead of my usual 3:2 for Model Air, and it handled fine. I’ll get a Model Air for the 2018 kit, but this indicates I’ll have a little flexibility, looks like. Underside is Scalecolors Norfolk #65 Red, the standard USN underwater color of the period.

Build 24-09; Model #039

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