Italeri 1:35 scale PT-109 Motor Torpedo Boat
100% NEW MOULDS – PRM & PHOTO-ETCHED FRET INCLUDED. PT boats were torpedo-armed fast attack craft used by the United States Navy during the Second World War, especially in the South Pacific theatre. The acronym PT stands for Patrol Torpedo and immediately identifies it’s operational use : to carry out patrol and attack missions using her torpedo armament against surface targets. The Elco Naval Division, located in Bayonne, New Jersey, was the most famous manufacturer of PT boats during World War II. The famous PT-109, belonged to the ELCO PT-103 class, had a length of 80 feet (24 m.) and a full load displacement of 56 tons. Powered by three 12-cylinder 1,500 hp Packard gasoline engines, she was able to reach speeds of 41 knots. The primary offensive armament was based on four 21-inch (53 cm.) torpedoes. On April 1943, the command of PT-109 was taken over by Lieutenant Junior Grade John Fitzgerald Kennedy, the future President of the United States.
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