The torpedo launcher is finished.
My Shapeways shop is filling with products, just added SO Domed Radar masts in 3 scales.
29th January 2021, My Laser Cutter is fixed! Whoohoo! hopefully I'll get another 15 years out of the new tube!
10th January 2021, My Laser Cutter decided not to Lase any more so I nee to get a new Tube for it, So I can't cut any Kits until I get a new tube from the US.
(I'd Like to wish all my followers a very happy new year and I hope that we can all have a good and safe year.)
Well 2020 hey, what a profound wish that turned out to be!
Anyhow I have retired from work now and have spent many months, during lockdown, on 3D part designs for the existing and new boat models.
I have added a new gmail email address, please send me an email to test it and let me know the progress of your project and that you're still alive!
I have just finished a laser cut 1/12th scale version of the Higgins 78' Hull 1" to the foot, so 78" long!!!!!
Higgins 78' Boat
Schnellboot latest detail - see latest news page
The Original PT-Boat(s)
Redrawn Original Hull Construction Plans
The original Helm and controls
The Elco PT593 Model
General model Photo's "Boatographs" Hull Construction Photo's Drive Train Photo's Electric's Photo's
Cabin Construction Photo's Dinghy Construction Photo's Raft Construction Photo's Mast Construction Photo's
Mast Support Construction Ammo box Construction American Flag 1939-1945 Rudder Brushless Motors
Mufflers and manifold Numbers Crew Roll Off Rack VeeDrive Gearbox Propeller Propshaft Packard Engine
Lasercut Deck Other Builders Boatographs Servo's and how they work
Hull-2 1/20th scale Skeleton Kit Hull-2 1/35th scale Skeleton Kit
Weaponry - (The good stuff !)
Torpedo Construction Photo's 40mm Bofors Canon Rocket Launcher
37mm Canon 20mm Canon 50 Cal BMG
The S-Boot Model
General model Photo's
Hull-1 Rib Plans
I have put the existing boat hull (Hull 1) Rib Plans on the web site as large .gif files.
I still don't get enough donations/payments to cover my website hosting costs even though many hundreds of people have downloaded the files so I am asking for a small contribution of $5.00 to have access to the Hull-1 plans, I'm sure you will agree that this is not much. I have kept this site online since 1998, that's 21 years people!
If you use details or like my website and want to see it continue, flick me a few dollars, I need to cover the cost of site hosting at least or this site may disappear!
My thanks to many people for their input and especially Beaty Lay and Roy Copeland for their input on torpedo's and to all the crews and people involved in all other PT-Boat websites, books, and the dedicated ex crewmembers for having such a rich selection of photo's and memorabilia.
Any info, comments, criticisms, donations, drawings or photo's gratefully received (please don't send originals)
What an awesome craft for 60 years ago, or more!
In my many years of research I sometimes stumble across people who have old photo's or drawings or other memorabilia stashed away somewhere, and in all seriousness, if you have anything pertaining to PT Boats, it needs to be preserved! There is very little left of an awesome chapter in history!
I know many have an opinion about the sale of memorabilia and historical photo's on the likes of Ebay but from my perspective, it is a great source of information, and certainly gets stuff out of the attic which would otherwise probably end up at the rubbish tip! When I started this project 20 odd years ago it was very difficult to find information, now there is lot's around!
In my humble opinion US PT-Boats and crews operating before and during WWII around Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, the Solomon Islands and many other Pacific island groups, did more damage to the Japanese military supply chain than anything else to save Australia from probable invasion and there is almost zero history of those events recorded in Australia. There were apparently PT Boat bases in Cairns and Darwin but I am unable to find any definitive details of these. I did recently find reference to a quantity of 11 British style Fairmile-B boats having been built at Lars Halvorsen's boat works in Ryde in N.S.W. in 1942 but I would be interested in any further information, where did they serve? What weapons did they have? - I have had a couple of responses to these questions and now found a couple of books. - Update 2019 there is now considerable information on line, one example www.navy.gov.au/ml-814.
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