Vac-Formed Subchaser

Vac-Formed Subchaser

Joined: August 8th, 2006, 1:15 am

July 5th, 2012, 5:29 pm #1

I recently acquired an old vac-formed kit (what is left anyway) of a U.S. Navy Subchaser, at least that is what the gent who I got it from said it was. No instructions or anything, just the hull, a sheet of plastic I assume is for the deck and a couple of life boats, funnel and other vac-formed fittings. The hull is about 28" long and 4-5" wide. Does anybody out there have a clue who would have made this type of kit and what scale it is? Cheers!
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Joined: August 12th, 2004, 3:14 pm

July 5th, 2012, 5:53 pm #2

They had a big sub chaser and four stack destroyer in vac. IIRC it was 1/72. Should be easy to figure out with the length of the real ship what scale the kit was

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Joined: August 8th, 2006, 1:15 am

July 5th, 2012, 9:00 pm #3

The length of hull varied from 96'6" to 173' depending on the era and class of boat.

No. 1-448 were 110' (WWI Era)
N0. 449-450 were 110' Experimental boats, 1 wood hull and 1 steel (Pre-WWII)
N0. 451-452 were 163' Experimental (Pre-WWII)
No. 453 was 111'5" Experimental (Pre-WWII)
No. 454 120' (Pre-WWII Yacht conv.)
No. 455 96'6" (Pre-WWII Yacht conv.)
No. 456 120' (Pre-WWII Yacht conv.)
No. 457 106'9" (Pre-WWII Yacht conv.)
No. 458 120' (Pre-WWII Yacht conv.)
No. 459 172' (Pre-WWII Yacht conv.)
No. 460 154' (Pre-WWII Yacht conv.)
No. 461-1569 were 173' (WWII Boats)

So I will need to know which one the kit is supposed to be. Cheers!
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Joined: March 16th, 2005, 12:27 am

July 5th, 2012, 9:02 pm #4

I recently acquired an old vac-formed kit (what is left anyway) of a U.S. Navy Subchaser, at least that is what the gent who I got it from said it was. No instructions or anything, just the hull, a sheet of plastic I assume is for the deck and a couple of life boats, funnel and other vac-formed fittings. The hull is about 28" long and 4-5" wide. Does anybody out there have a clue who would have made this type of kit and what scale it is? Cheers!
Combat Models once offered a 1/72 scale kit of the 173' PC. The real vessel measured 173' 8" x 23' 0", so a 1/72 scale model would measure approximately 28.94" x 3.83".
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Joined: March 1st, 2010, 5:48 pm

July 5th, 2012, 9:51 pm #5

The length of hull varied from 96'6" to 173' depending on the era and class of boat.

No. 1-448 were 110' (WWI Era)
N0. 449-450 were 110' Experimental boats, 1 wood hull and 1 steel (Pre-WWII)
N0. 451-452 were 163' Experimental (Pre-WWII)
No. 453 was 111'5" Experimental (Pre-WWII)
No. 454 120' (Pre-WWII Yacht conv.)
No. 455 96'6" (Pre-WWII Yacht conv.)
No. 456 120' (Pre-WWII Yacht conv.)
No. 457 106'9" (Pre-WWII Yacht conv.)
No. 458 120' (Pre-WWII Yacht conv.)
No. 459 172' (Pre-WWII Yacht conv.)
No. 460 154' (Pre-WWII Yacht conv.)
No. 461-1569 were 173' (WWII Boats)

So I will need to know which one the kit is supposed to be. Cheers!
Or, go to:

www.pcsaww2.com
www.splinterfleet.com
www.subchaser.org
www.ptboatworld.com

Garth
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Joined: August 20th, 2005, 7:12 pm

July 6th, 2012, 1:08 am #6

I recently acquired an old vac-formed kit (what is left anyway) of a U.S. Navy Subchaser, at least that is what the gent who I got it from said it was. No instructions or anything, just the hull, a sheet of plastic I assume is for the deck and a couple of life boats, funnel and other vac-formed fittings. The hull is about 28" long and 4-5" wide. Does anybody out there have a clue who would have made this type of kit and what scale it is? Cheers!
Mr Ross, you JUST beat me to the answer!
Last edited by plasticutter on July 6th, 2012, 1:10 am, edited 1 time in total.
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Joined: March 16th, 2005, 12:27 am

July 6th, 2012, 2:26 am #7

Ya snooze, ya lose... :-}
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Joined: March 14th, 2006, 7:18 pm

July 6th, 2012, 11:09 am #8

I recently acquired an old vac-formed kit (what is left anyway) of a U.S. Navy Subchaser, at least that is what the gent who I got it from said it was. No instructions or anything, just the hull, a sheet of plastic I assume is for the deck and a couple of life boats, funnel and other vac-formed fittings. The hull is about 28" long and 4-5" wide. Does anybody out there have a clue who would have made this type of kit and what scale it is? Cheers!
Combat plastic was so flimsy and brittle that unless you plan to thoroughly brace the inside, it will collapse under its own weight over time. And if you are going to add bulkheads and stringers, you might as well get some good drawings and make your own hull from scratch, because their stuff was so inaccurate as a rule, it would be as waste of time and effort to use it as a starting point.
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Joined: August 8th, 2006, 1:15 am

July 6th, 2012, 1:01 pm #9

Glen,

Ya took the wind out of my sails! I am planning on addressing the issue with spray insulation foam, after testing it on scrap plastic first. Then I'll plate the hull with sheet and strip. The rest will be scratched and I am looking forward to the challenge as all Chief Petty Officers would! I am looking to dump a bunch of planes/tanks/cars to focus on ships now that I am retired and settled. I have always held ships as my first choice to build, but being on active duty and moving so much, they get damaged way too easily. Cheers!!!!

Chief
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Joined: March 14th, 2006, 7:18 pm

July 6th, 2012, 3:10 pm #10

I tried their flush decker and ended up tossing it. Just remember that the 110' was wood. And when your frustration meter is finally pegged, Dumas and Microglas make a couple nice ones

Cheers
Glen
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