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    20th Scale ELCO 80ft PT boat part 1
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    πŸ“ 20th Scale ELCO 80ft PT boat part 30
    2 days ago by CB90 ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    Hi There Shipmates,
    It be 2 whole days since the last update!
    Added helm turret
    Added helm interior.
    Added aerial mount.
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    πŸ“ 20th Scale ELCO 80ft PT boat part 29
    4 days ago by CB90 ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    Hi There Shipmates,
    Have added the large Engine hatch to the back of the Dayroom cabin, so that the two act as the main access to the boats hardware.
    Also started on the Dayroom's Turret made from a 60mm pipe joint,
    after marking position, I cut away the corner of the Dayroom and glued in position.

    Still cannot get the hang of uploading pictures in the right order.

    Regards
    Roy
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    πŸ’¬ Re: 20th Scale ELCO 80ft PT boat part 29
    3 days ago by ARTH ( Recruit)
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    Awesome ! i live 4 miles from where they were built in bayonne , new jersey usa .
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    πŸ’¬ Re: 20th Scale ELCO 80ft PT boat part 29
    3 days ago by CB90 ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    Hi ARTH,
    Here some You tube videos of their construction at Bayonne

    https://youtu.be/Z8tQP3s9DIQ
    https://youtu.be/8e6Ei5UvLqI
    https://youtu.be/MN47z3n52-c

    Regards
    Roy
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    πŸ’¬ Re: 20th Scale ELCO 80ft PT boat part 29
    22 hours ago by Newby7 ( Commander)
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    Thanks for the pictures they give us an update no matter what order they are in.
    Rick
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    πŸ“ 20th Scale ELCO 80ft PT boat part 28
    8 days ago by CB90 ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    Hi All,
    Working on Chart room and day cabin, put in raised floor for the wheel house area which has its own camber. managed to get a LED light in the map room.
    Also not shown started on the turrets using 60mm pipe joints.

    Regards
    Roy
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    πŸ’¬ Re: 20th Scale ELCO 80ft PT boat part 28
    8 days ago by Martin555 ( Fleet Admiral)
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    She is looking good Roy,

    Martin555.
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    8 days ago by Newby7 ( Commander)
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    She does look good .
    Rick
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    πŸ’¬ Re: 20th Scale ELCO 80ft PT boat part 28
    7 days ago by gcladd ( Recruit)
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    Nice build progress. I have a 1/24 scale Elco 80 footer (40" long) that I started many years ago from a modified fibreglass PT boat hull I bought from Dynamic Models, back in the late 80's . Every winter I tell myself "this is the winter that I will get this sucker painted", and after 10 years it has yet to happen. I have spent to many hours drawing and scratch building scale PT boat components with AutoCAD to just have them sit in a box waiting to be painted and mounted to the hull. You have inspired me to get my butt in gear and get this one finished.

    GC Ladd
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    πŸ’¬ Re: 20th Scale ELCO 80ft PT boat part 28
    7 days ago by jbkiwi ( Vice Admiral)
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    Coming along nicely Roy,
    JB
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    πŸ’¬ Re: 20th Scale ELCO 80ft PT boat part 28
    6 days ago by CB90 ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    Hi GC Ladd,
    I'm glad you are now inspired to finish your model, the things we do in life are often limited by 3 things, Time, Money and Motivation.
    It sounds like you have done a lot of work on the craft, you just got to bring it all together for the final push.

    Good Luck
    Roy
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    πŸ“ 20th Scale ELCO 80ft PT boat part 27
    14 days ago by CB90 ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    Hi there,
    Spent some time on the day cabin sides, they are only 0.8mm ply so needed reinforcing, added start of roof camber.
    Have started using clear non expanding Gorilla Glue.
    Regards Roy
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    πŸ“ 20th Scale ELCO 80ft PT boat part 26
    22 days ago by CB90 ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    Working on rear hatch, planked hatch this will not show when painted. and a bit more work on the foreword cabin.
    A little work on the torpedo tube mounts can be seen.
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    πŸ’¬ Re: 20th Scale ELCO 80ft PT boat part 26
    22 days ago by Martin555 ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Hi CB90,
    You are doing a great job and she is coming along nicely.

    Martin555.
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    πŸ“ 20th Scale ELCO 80ft PT boat part 25
    1 month ago by CB90 ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    Hi there Shipmates,
    Purchased some copper washers for the exhaust pipes and glued them on with araldite.
    Built some of the Torpedo tube pads. these taper with the camber of the deck.
    Started some rudimentary helm/cabin construction.
    doing jobs all over the place while waiting for some materials.

    "Shiver me timbers", its not finished yet!
    Roy
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    πŸ“ 20th Scale ELCO 80ft PT boat part 24
    1 month ago by CB90 ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    Hi there Shipmates,
    Fitted a frame to the deck for the main superstructure, the helm area I hope to build directly on the deck, and the chart room and engine room areas will be removable, cleaned up stern rudder compartment, (Lazarette).
    I removed the tops of a couple of bulkheads to improve access.
    I think the superstructure and fitting are going to be very difficult, compared to the hull.

    Regards Roy
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    πŸ“ 20th Scale ELCO 80ft PT boat part 23
    1 month ago by CB90 ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    Hi all,
    Added Spray Rails and bump rails (Shearline) had to adjust the transom area as deck was 2mm out on one side. so a rebuild was required
    The trouble with Gorilla glue is it will move your wood (ply) as it expands, if not clamped down, but then will lift areas not clamped down. (note you can get none expanding Gorilla glue)
    Another problem is tidying up the expanded glue. the advantage of it is is 100% waterproof.
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    πŸ“ 20th Scale ELCO 80ft PT boat part 22
    2 months ago by CB90 ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    Picture are out of order!
    Tested the LEDs under deadlights.
    Added 4 more LEDs at stern deadlights.
    Sanded edges of boat and have applied a rubbing strip / Gunwale trim with the help of weights, pins, tape and glue.

    One thing I have realised with this build is that there are few straight lines on this boat the deck has been difficult to do with sheet ply.

    In my research which I have enjoyed doing, I found that the early boats had planked decks and later ones had ply decks (cheaper /quicker).

    Surprisingly though the planked decks are virtually impossible to make out from a distance, as they are tight fitted and often covered in paint and sand for grip, so when you see a model Elco 80 with obvious planked deck, with black lines between planks (Caulking) or varnished mahogany they are exaggerated features.
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    πŸ’¬ Re: 20th Scale ELCO 80ft PT boat part 22
    2 months ago by RNinMunich ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Nice build CBπŸ‘ but I'm puzzledπŸ€”
    I always thought that 'deadlight' had two possible meanings on a ship/boat.
    A shutter/cover over the portholes to prevent damage to the glass and the ingress of water in rough weather. Or,
    A thick chunk of glass set into the deck to allow light into the vessel.
    Rather than to let the light out and tell hostile planes-
    'Here I am. Come and bomb me!' πŸ’₯☹️
    Cheers, Doug 😎
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    πŸ’¬ Re: 20th Scale ELCO 80ft PT boat part 22
    2 months ago by CB90 ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    Hi Doug,
    I think your right about the light escaping, This is one of those grey areas, it seemed to be the practice that most of the boats had them painted over so that no light would escape.
    Once the square covers are on the dead lights they will reduce too 3 small sections of glass and the amount of light escaping will be reduced, of course light will escape from the deadlight when there are lights on under deck, if not painted over.
    The chances of me using the boat at night are close to zero, but if I did it would be useful to be able to see it.

    Regards Roy
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    πŸ’¬ Re: 20th Scale ELCO 80ft PT boat part 22
    2 months ago by CB90 ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    Example of unpainted deadlights in the field and a model PT Boat
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    πŸ’¬ Re: 20th Scale ELCO 80ft PT boat part 22
    21 days ago by RNinMunich ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Hi CB,
    My guess is that they would have black-out covers under deck.
    Especially considering that they were built during wartime with night operations in mind.
    Whatever, great buildπŸ‘
    Looking forward to the Sea Trials.
    Cheers, Doug 😎
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    πŸ“ 20th Scale ELCO 80ft PT boat part 21
    2 months ago by CB90 ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    I was 'brave' today I stuck my deck down, after putting in the 22 deadlights and as many LEDs under them, the stern was cut into strips so it could tilt upward slightly and some last minute cuts to the bow, allowed it to tilt downwards slightly.
    Once glue dries, will sand access area, and peel the glue off my fingers, messy stuff Gorilla glue.
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    πŸ’¬ Re: 20th Scale ELCO 80ft PT boat part 21
    2 months ago by marky ( Captain)
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    Nice looking build,made the mistake once getting gorilla glue on my wet hands and it set ,lots of peeling and swearing.
    Cheers MarkyπŸ‘
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