2013 Plea: PT 658 needs your help. The dedicated group that keep this magnificent Higgins boat afloat is in great need of repair funds so please help her if you can. See this PT Boat Forum post for details and images. Thank you very much! The group's web site is http://www.savetheptboatinc.com.
This website is now hosted gratis by oaksdata.com (hosts of web sites, applications, databases, E-mail, and groupware systems), and mirrored at pt103.gdinc.com through gdinc.com (Graphic Dimensions, Inc., owned by Dick Washichek, marketing tools and technical data for art and marketing services). Check out Dick's site for beautiful PT related artwork. Thanks Tom and Dick! 2013 note: The mirror is out of date due to complications from the addition of Google ads.
Dick Washichek, also webmaster of The PT Boat Forum site, has went through the expense of buying and then having microfilm rolls of Elco drawings scanned in. It is an amazing collection, details and ordering instructions can be found here: http://www.gdinc.com/microDVD-001.html. Dick also has another collection featuring content on Higgins 78’ PT boats, Bath Iron Works PT 810, Elco 70’ PT & PTC boats, Elco V-Drive, and a Packard Operating Manual available here: http://www.gdinc.com/microDVD-002.html. I now use these drawings extensively in my work, they have helped greatly. Get them while available. Some of the original microfilm was supplied by author and historian Dr. Al Ross. Al also creates accurate scale plans available here. Thanks guys! For the Elco 80', I created a guide to help locate specific drawings that can be found here.
Free download of rare drawings for the 21" Above Water Torpedo Tube Mark 18 Mod 1 and Mod 5, graciously provided from the collection of Al Ross (about 43MB): http://www.pt103.gdinc.com/drawings/21inchAWTorpedoTubeMark18.zip. Al and Dick also have PT books, manuals, and parts catalogs for free download here: http://www.gdinc.com/download-01.html.
Contact me at elconaut at comcast dot net.
2013 May 15, day room cabin interior and engine hatch brackets sections added to Stu's Italeri PT 109 Build page.
2013 May 9, engine room hatch and aft windshields, 20mm oerlikon gun, helm, and day room cabin re-visited sections added to Stu's Italeri PT 109 Build page.
2013 April 30, turrets and .50 cal. armament added to Stu's Italeri PT 109 Build page.
2013 April 24, Elco 80' drawing DVD list updated.
2013 April 22, Italeri PT 109 Build and detailing page by Stuart Hurley added. Thank you for sharing Stu!
2013 March 26, helmsman's platform for PT 314-367 corrected. I had the top level with the base / water line, it should be parallel with the deck. See the Helm page.
2013 March 25, Italeri PT 109 detailing page added. It also lists some changes made to PT 103-196 and 314-367.
2013 February 22, Throttle Push Rod Deck Housing page added.
2013 February 22, Torpedo Tubes page added.
2012 December 16, Mast page added.
2012 November 17 update, armor drawing removed from the Bridge And Chart House page to its own Armor page.
2012 April 8 update, images updated, page revised, and detail images added on the Bridge And Chart House page.
2012 April 6 update, images updated on the Bridge And Chart House page.
2012 March 23 update, Bridge And Chart House page added. Previous chart house page removed.
2011 October 15 update: Helmsman's rubber mat and platform added. See the Helm page.
2011 October 9 update: Helm updated to Elco drawings. See the Helm page.
2011 October 5 update: Forward turret updated to Elco drawings and aft turret added. Turret step updated. See the Turrets page.
2011 June 6 update: Updated the list of drawings on Dick's Elco DVD.
2011 April 30 update: Additions and corrections made to the Manufacturers page.
2010 September 28 update: Bridge control panel drawing updated to Elco drawings. Separate drawings, showing changes, added. See the Controls page.
2010 September 14 update: Packard engine data added to the Specs page. Data was obtained from a manual available on Dick's 2nd DVD, see above for ordering.
2010 April 10 update: Deck construction table added to the Hull page to show which boats had planked decks and which boats had plywood decks.
2010 March 22 update: Turret step, as found on the side of the chart house and day room, added to the Turrets page.
2010 March 21 update: Deck Hatch page added. Deck hatch hold open device drawing moved from Hull page to the Deck Hatch page and the latch raised slightly to match hatch. Deck Ventilator and Dead Lights drawings moved from Hull page to their own pages.
2010 March 1 update: Specs page cleaned up a bit, added camber information, and fuel tank capacity corrected.
2010 February 19 update: Deck hatch hold open device added to the Hull page.
2010 February 7 update: Deck dead light placement and construction added. Deck beam dimension table added. See the Hull page.
2010 January 6 update: Deck vent plan updated to Elco plan specs, on the Hull page.
2009 October 1 update: A 5 view of the .50 cal. Mark 9 carriage added. Jerry Gilmartin supplied me with some measurements from an actual carriage on PT 658, thanks Jerry!
2009 September 29 update: Redrawn forward turret added.
This is a resource site by Jeff Davidson for the building details of an Elco 80' World War II Motor Torpedo Boat (MTB) / Patrol Torpedo (PT) boat with leanings towards a 109 to 138 boat operating in the Pacific theater. The dimensional images found here are to help modelers create an accurate tribute to the boats and the men who sometimes gave up their lives serving on them, and to help preserve their history. They represent a best effort on my part, please confirm dimensions given here for yourself if errors cannot be tolerated. Images are for non-commercial personal use only, please obtain permission for any other use.
Number ranges for boats of this class, listed by production order, are 103-196, 314-367, 372-383, 546-563, 486-545, 731-760, and 565-624. There were quite a few minor and major changes made to them including during production ranges. Depending on available resources I'll try to include as many changes as I can. Please point out any errors you may find. Misinformation about PT boats is fairly common and something I don't want to be guilty of spreading.
While this site concentrates on the physical aspects of the PT boat, be sure to read the accounts on the veterans stories page and check other websites on the Links page to learn the stories of the men who served on them.
If you have, or know someone that has, any PT related images or items that you or they would like to donate please contact www.ptboats.org. They are dedicated to the preservation of all things PT. Even items like water damaged images can be valuable to history. I would also be grateful for scans of photos or manuals.