The Aerokits P.T boat is a semi scale model based upon the Elco 80ft PT boat of WW2. The most famous of these being PT109 whose skipper was John F Kennedy who later became President of the U.S.A. Though the Aerokits version is semi scale there is scope for minor modifications to bring it up to scale. There is a lot of information around on the internet and articles in related magazines etc which will provide modelers with good guidelines for achieving this. Due to the size of the Aerokits version there is plenty of room in the hull both for a single motor version or a triple one, the latter bringing it up to true scale. Though there are manufacturers who produce replicas of Aerokits I have not seen one for the P.T Boat but with a bit of searching,😁😁 plans can be found. Boaty
EmilyPII left my Harbour yesterday and has headed north to Manchester.. she will be on a lake with her new Skipper Andy.. I loved making her and am glad she will be used regularly! EmilyP III is still in the Harbour and search now starts for a new fishing boat project...
Always good to see a Precedent Huntsman, excellent boats and even better skipper. Enjoy sailing mine at the lake every Sunday or Wednesday... never fails to please. Happy boating.. from Dennis the Menace
Hi Boatshed, you could also simply chat with the sub skipper (or vice versa of course) and coordinate your actions!? I've also once witnessed here in Munich a maniac power boat driver ramming and completely destroying a clearly visible and magnificent tug model only about 15 feet offshore! The tug had only just been launched on it's first sea trial 🤔 I must also add that I do intend to add an orange sphere to the antenna or scope of my Akula 2 so I can track it at periscope depth, below that I don't normally expect to meet anyone! If other subs turn up I will talk to them. Happy sailing all, cheers Doug 😎 PS generally sub drivers have an alert eye open for other boats, especially power boats! PPS I've also seen several 'proud' owners of RTR plastic so called 'power boats' who've looked pretty sheepish when my 30 year old 1.35m scratch built H class destroyer or 1.07m U Boat have out run them 😁
Thanks Skipper, the charger that I have does have Tamiya connections, but can I use the existing charger that I have or should I buy another one for the compact battery? I don't want to damage the new battery when it arrives.... Cheers
one of our club members built this and i remember him saying although it is a good looking tug when finished it was a pain to build with a number of mistakes on the plans and this was confirmed from the original skipper of the norton cross. if wish to see some pics visit our website and click on the gallery links Ron www.kingsmillmodelboatclub.com
[Score: 7/10] 40"/3000g PT 109 Capable of 9mph and a runtime of 30mins Twin Propellors (3 Blade 35mm) Direct Drive to a Graupner 600s (3 Blade) Powered by NiCad (7.2v) 4Amp/h Batteries Controlled Through 2x Aquapower (30Amps) ESC - Comments: PT 109 The famous ww2 PT boat skippered by JF Kennedy (later to be President of the USA) This has be one of my have to have model boats and it was by luck that I found one for sale on a model boat club's web site in 2013, £100.00 later and a journey from Cumbria to Yorkshire and back, I had myself a ProBoat PT 109 This was a ready made RTR model when new and is 40in (1m) long, the boat needed some small repairs but after a test run I found that the running gear was noisy and on investigation discovered that both propshaft were bent and had no bearings from new, the couplings were just direct connections. So with great care I replaced both prop-shafts, propellers, coupling for two double Huco's (universal) and the single ESC by two new Aqua speed controllers and both motors with Graupner speed 600's Note I also foamed the front compartments to make it unsinkable in theroy.
Did something similar to your pupils when I was at school in 1961 along with our English teacher who was an ex R.N. skipper. Whenever we had a boring lesson someone would ask about the war which meant we had tales about his life with the Atlantic convoys and what it was like being sunk a few times. But most of all we all respected him, he kept us enthralled as well as imparting the knowledge we needed to pass our exams up to A level.
Hi Andy I am interested to read about your plans for a dog boat as I am thinking of doing the same (when my Thames steam launch is eventually finished....!). One reason that I am considering this is that my headmaster, when I was at Maidenhead Grammar School in the 1960's, was a former skipper of MGB 658 and I am lucky enough have autographed copies of two of his books. "Motor Gunboat 658" is a fascinating read if you haven't already come across it, as is "Dog Boats at War" with plenty of useful information and photographs - just two of the books by Len Reynolds DSC. (He rose from Navigating Officer to Captain during the war in the Mediterranean theatre and served on MGB 658 from its commissioning in 1943 to the war's end.) Apologies by the way if you already know all this! Two questions if you don't mind - are you going to do a complete scratchbuild from plans or complete a fibreglass hull, and which/whose plans are you using? This may help my own decisions later on. I have seen that there are plenty of the appropriate weapons in 1/24th scale on the Deans website which should make life easier with the fiddly bits! Very best wishes with the build. Smiffy
A scratch built model of a working wherry the skipper/owner was the great grandfather of a near neighbour. Used to work the rivers Wensum and Yare here in Norfolk. Model hull clinker built. In balsa with resin inside and out. Sails really well with a detachable keel. One of four model wherries built.