Italeri PT Boat Model Kit

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1/35 Italeri Elco 80' PT Boat Model


I worked on this model for a little over a year, off and on. It has a lot of parts.

Overall it's a very good model, quality wise.

Below are the guns, missile tubes, and torpedo carrier sub assemblies. The model features a fair size phot-etch set. Not with 1000 parts, but useful parts, just what you need where plastic parts would suffer on detail.

The upper deck was painted black on it's underside, since some hatches are open, and I didn't want anything to be visible through them.

The hull was shot with red primer, and then later the green I used for the entire boat.


italeri pt boat hull


italeri pt boat guns assembed phot etch


I tried to install as many parts as I could before painting the whole upper deck. Green is the solid color to use, but I also added some black with Vallejo paint for the camouflage. Both on the hull and the deck. The guns were detailed with shades or black and grey. The UHF / VHF antennas were given tips of white. The torpedo tubes were finshed with silver and brass colors.


italeri pt boat upper deck with cabin


The kit includes two metal gun barrels you can use to replace the plastic ones.

Some deck parts will cover the holes for the desk screws (metal screws hold the upper deck to the hull on the model). So those were painted and then added once the hull was done, and the deck screwed on.


italeri pt boat details on the upper deck and engine cover


More deck work. I only had to use filler putty in a couple
of places where a seam was to easy to see.


more deck details pt boat


Much of the green painting is done below.


italerimodel pt boat elco 80 foot painting


The finished model. The base is a piece of flooring wood (a plank), and the Italeri stand was painted a dark metallic color, and then screwed to the plank. I glued pieces of felt to the stand where the hull sits so it wouldn't scratch the paint.


finished elco pt boat by italeri

The side rocket launchers will swivel in and move out board.

I used a modified 1/35 figure, which I painted all tan. The figure is only to give a sense

of scale, so it's not any particular kind of Naval officer.


forward deck for pt boat 596



torpedos on the pt boat model by italeri 1:35



pt boat rear deck gun


rear exhaust for pt boat


While it took a long time to build, it's a very detailed kit. And well worth the money.

Especially for me since I'm a fan of PT boats.



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