PT-59, 60, & 61 - A Trio of PT Gunboats

Other Details to make a PT Boat Look Realistic.
      When detailing a model PT Boat there are a lot of options available.  Some people like to "weather" a boat the application of rust streaks, worn spots, etc. via painting.  Another option is to add extra details (most overlooked).  Most boat on duty did not look like they were ready for an inspection as evident in the many photos.  Those extra details can be boxes, folding seats, tables, lots of extra lines (ropes), maybe a fishing pole among other items.  Two places I have noticed "clutter" is directly in front of the cabin on the deck.  Another place is where clutter is stacked in the life rafts. 
      Like any other model, whether it is out of the box or scratch built, there are a number of enhancements to make the boat real.  This could be "weathering," adding deck accessories (even items that were not part of the stock items found on a boat like folding chairs, tables, etc.
     The photo below the deck clutter is evident.  Probably some of this clutter is stowed before going into action and some of it remained  in place.  Notice the various "lines" (ropes) on the deck  Some of them are neatly coiled while other are stretched out or are just laying in place  Virtually all of the PT Boat models I have seen have the decks too neat and orderly.  This is a detail method I picked up when I built my first fishing trawler: make the boat look "busy" like the real boats.
Deck Clutter
     Below are photos of life rafts loaded with "clutter."  Note the coiled rope in the bottom right photo.
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     Another accessory could be a dock.  It could be as intricate as Frank Ryczek Jr.'s, master piece dealing with the base at Tulagi and Ron 10 directly below.  Or the dock could be as simple as the second photograph below.
Frank Ryczek Jr.'s model of Tulagi and Ron 10