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This item will be shipped through the Global Shipping Program and includes international tracking. Items shipping internationally may be subject to customs processing depending on the item's declared value. Will usually ship within 1 business day of receiving cleared payment - opens in a new window or tab. This is a model of the PT-103 Class (first series) Elco eighty foot PT boat, PT-184, 1:24 scale, built by Wayne Traxel of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Wayne said that the 184 project was the most memorable of all of the models he had done over the years. PT-184 was placed in service on 4 February 1943 and was assigned to Squadron 11, which was in the South Pacific. In January of 1945, while still at Emirau, the 184 was refitted with SO-3 radar that replaced the earlier SO-A model and she also received a brand-new 40mm Bofors gun.
That first night, they talked late into the evening, as they would many an evening until the model was completed in 1990.
Wayne also said that the model was his most accurate, most reliable, fastest and trouble-free model.

All of the armament on the model of the 184 was scratchbuilt by Wayne and he used Pactra Forest Green and Testors Medium Green and the bottom was painted with Krylon Red Iron Oxide. Northern Tool + Equipment, Generators, pressure washers, air compressors, power tools, trailers, heaters, stoves, food processing, go karts, and more!
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Over the next ten years, the model was displayed at various Veteran organizations and model shows throughout Wisconsin. If you reside in an EU member state besides UK, import VAT on this purchase is not recoverable.
He went through Boot Camp at the Navy's Great Lakes facility, followed by twelve weeks of Torpedo School and after he had two weeks leave in Milwaukee, he took a train to Seattle, Washington and boarded a troop ship, bound for New Caledonia.
Malecki joined up with the 184, she was armed with four Mark XIII torpedoes in roll-off racks, two depth charges in roll-off racks in front of the two forward torpedoes, a 20mm Oerlikon gun on a Mk. The best displays were the PT Boaters' 1993 National Reunion and the 1997 and 1998 Wisconsin Bull Sessions for PT boaters in Sheboygan and Oshkosh - it was at this type of displays where the boat was put through her paces for the PT veterans. Then he was transported to Tulagi in the Solomons, where he boarded an inter-island steamer to the island of Emirau.

The model was damaged in an accident in 1999 and while being repaired, the model was acquired by Alex Johnson in 2005 who transformed the model into PT-191. Malecki and received a wink of approval and then, the both of them took the model out for a test run. Malecki built after he was discharged from the Navy all proved to be a wealth of information. Malecki was ready for him, waiting for Wayne with all of his photos, logs, and the model of the 184 that he had built in the 1940s.
Malecki was not only a great source of information in connection to the project, but ended up being a true friend. Traxel first met Richard Malecki in 1988 when Wayne was operating his model of PT-48 on his local pond.

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