OK, at this stage this is the order of preference so I will most likely be releasing one resin model (kit) at a time in the following order (perhaps):
1. Vosper MTB. The more common wider (19’3”, 1941-2ish) version as opposed to the much narrower (14’9”, 1939-40ish) type. As far as I can tell the wider hulled boats included numbers 57-66, 73, 75-98, 222-245 and 347-362. This type has recently been released in 1/35th scale by Italeri and 1/72nd scale by Coastal Craft Models.
2. US Elco 80' PT. this one would need to include two cabin castings to cater for the different (slightly) positions of the starboard gun tub. I haven’t quite sorted out boat numbers yet, but do have the info available.
3. PBR Mk II.
4. Monitor (prog 4) plus Cmd & Control version.
5. PCF Swift Boat.
6. ASPB 1st Generation and
7. US Higgins 78' PT.
This next list are distinct possibilities depending of course on the level of expressions of interest, they have all been mentioned at least once:
British Power Boat Co. MTB (71’9”), MGB (71’6”) which could include the earlier 70’ & 63’ MGB types.
Elco 70’ & 77’ PT Boats (there were also RN MGB/MTB versions).
The WW1 55’ CMB (could also include the 40’ version).
BPB Co. 63’ ASRL (like the Airfix 1/72nd one).
‘Miami’ class ASRL.
The Korean War PTF ‘Nasty’ boat.
‘Tacoma’ class Patrol Frigate – don’t have anything on this ship.
PACV – likewise, don’t have any info only a photo.
These next ones are of particular interest to me:
The SOC-R boat. Check out “The Navy’s Best Kept Secret” on ‘youtube’ and the movie ‘Act of Valor’, only released last month in the US.
The WW1 80’ ML.
The HDML, the smaller ‘maid of all work’, the larger one being the Fairmile B class ML already available.
The modern CB-90 boat, designed in Sweden I think and being evaluated/used by the USN as an RCB (Riverine Cmd Boat).
The LCSM. This one is rather obscure and was a landing craft conversion used on the Arakan coast in Burma.
Having said all this I need to point out the following –
Please be very patient with this rather comprehensive list, but you guys (and girls of course if there are any ladies interested) can help me (and yourselves) a great deal in bringing these models to fruition by offering to help make the masters.
My plan is to include brass etch parts and crew figures.
As I have stated previously my caster friend has very limited time to devote to making any masters and while he would like to tackle the Vosper and Elco boats (perhaps) I really would like others to ‘have a go’.
I already have a candidate willing to do the PBR so the others are up for grabs. Please don’t be (too) frightened to put your hand up.
While the models I do are waterline I fully appreciate the desire to have ‘full hull’ models so I would strongly suggest that we have a separate piece made for those who wish to either mount their model on a stand or if in a diorama have the forefoot showing.
Roger in Oz.