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Visitors' Testimonials

MESSAGE RECEIVED, THURSDAY, APRIL 25, 2013

Dear Mr. Garth Connelly,
Thank you for your advice concerning my PT-Boat modeling, it was very helpfull. My two PT-Boat modeling projects are: PT-559 and PT-195, both in scale 1/35.
Dirk Noordbruis (the Netherlands)

MESSAGE RECEIVED, MARCH 8, 2013

Revell PT Boat Kits in Plastic, A Review
This is a terrific reference for building Revell's Elco or Higgins PT boat model kits. The combination of historical photographs from the authors collection, detail drawings, beautiful color photographs of model construction and close-ups of the finished build, as well as detailed step-by-step construction methods make this a great resource for both the novice and experienced modeler alike. The book covers kit construction, but also kit bashing and scratch building techniques from 6 renowned model builders. This is a must have for anyone looking to build a super detailed version of these kits.

Best Regards,
Andy

MESSAGE RECEIVED, THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 2013

A "Must Have" reference source for the historical buff and modeler. US 110' Subchasers In Action is packed with great photos of deck and interior details, along with a concise history of the subchasers in both World Wars. The author provides a well written chronology starting with the initial development of the World War I SC-1 Class; the later modifications and experimentations to the initial design as the United States prepared for war in the late 1930s; and the resulting World War II SC-497 Class with all it weapons and configuration variants.

For the modeler, the book provides great close ups of weapon details including those of the heavily armed Patrol, Motor Gunboat (PGM-1 Class). Clear detailed photos of various hull types under construction, interior views of the below decks, and profile views of the subchasers are very helpful to the craftsman builder. Accurate information on paint schemes used on these vessels round out the package for modelers. I highly recommend this book.

Andy Small, Rhode Island

 

MESSAGE RECEIVED, THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 7, 2013

Garth,
I would like to personally thank you for your knowledge and help in analyzing the picture of PT228 to determine the correct armament. Building a correct model of the Higgins PT228 is important to me because my Father served on that boat in Hawaii where he met my Mother. Both of my parents used to enjoy attending the PT boat reunions.

Edward Fior

MESSAGE RECEIVED, FRIDAY, JANUARY 11, 2013

As part of the research I have obtained the Squadron/Signal Publications book PT Boats In Action actually from and by the Author and Naval Historian, T. Garth Connelly. After speaking with Mr. Connelly about the book, I purchased one for the reading enjoyment of course as well as the research and he was kind enough to sign the copy for me too...thank you Garth!!! This book is packed with information on the front to back career of the PT Boats there are loads of great detail shots inside and out of these beauties. I try to gain as much information on a subject prior to the build and this book sum the majority of that up for me. I can only urge anyone interested in this subject or who will be building this kit should look into picking up PT Boats In Action.

MESSAGE RECEIVED, WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 9, 2013

I just wanted to take a moment and express my thanks to you for all the help you've given me in researching the PT Boat that I plan to model in 1/35th scale. You always responded so promptly and when you didn't have the answer you sent me to another source that did. 
Sincerely,
John Rosengrant 

MESSAGE RECEIVED FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 9, 2012

In regard to T. Garth Connelly's Building, Detailing, and Converting the 1: 35 Scale Italeri PT-596, Mr. David Henning of Redfield, Arkansas USA said the following:

"Used Garth's book extensively in modifying a Lindberg 1/64 scale 109. Found the photos to be very good and the text useful. It also inspired me to start hunting the Italeri 596 kit, but have decided to wait on the new PT-109 kit instead. Looking forward to the book on the Revell kits as well."

MESSAGE RECEIVED, WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 31, 2012

A very good morning to you Mr Connelly,

I recently came across your site while browsing for details for my 1/35 scale Schnellboote build.

Having recently returning to modelling after a 45yr break. (marriage/family/work/life seeming to get in the way)
I have embarked on my first maritime build, always previously being an aviation modeller.

I have amassed a collection of PT boat kits, all 1/35 scale (American, British, German) and have jumped in at the deep end.
I was quite excited to see the amount of genuine photo's you have on your site, that I can use as reference for my builds.

It is not my intention to represent any particular individual boat, I intend use them to provide a reference to include as much detail
as possible. My builds will be to show working boats, not pristine shipyard just launched models. (photo attached)

I just wanted to thank you for providing a superb site, to remember those who made many sacrifices, so that people like myself can
have the freedom to enjoy what we want to do.

Best Regards

Gregg H