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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP17 Jan 2020 3:16 p.m. PST

"The HobbyBoss Pegasus PHM-1 kit builds into an attractive but inaccurate replica out of the box. It has the hull and superstructure details of the last 5 ships of the class and the aft hydrofoil configuration of PHM-1. The re-boxed HobbyBoss PHM-2 kit includes the correctly shaped aft hydrofoil for PHM 2-6. This model was built from the PHM-1 kit with the details, markings and colors representing USS Hercules in 1986 as found in photos in the premier issue of the now defunct magazine International Defense Images. The masts, funnel and vertical surfaces of the upper hull and superstructure were painted Testors Light Ghost Gray. Dark deck areas are Testors Gunship Gray and the light areas are Testors Neutral Gray. The lower hull was covered with Testors Metalizer Buffing Titanium. The hydrofoils were painted Testors Metalizer Dark Anodonic Gray-Buffing and the struts were painted Testors Metalizer Stainless Steel Buffing. In later years PHM-2's lower hull was light grey without any boot topping. I used the kit's decals with hull numbers coming from a Gold Metal Model sheet. The transom name and efficiency awards were modified from spare decals. The PHM-2 kit's decal sheet already includes many of these markings, but research will be required to match the markings to the ships and time periods. The squadron shield was printed from a photo shopped copy of this decal sheet off the internet…"

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