Swift PCF boat

Swift PCF boat

Ref: DM61

This Deans Marine kit boasts the the following features:

Designed as a working radio controlled model, but with enough detail to make a nice static display model as well
Glassfibre hull, with rubbing strake and other surface details moulded in.
Plasticard deck and superstructure components.
Cast white metal and resin deck fittings.
Propshaft, tube and propeller.
Full sized plan.
English building instructions with photographic and line drawing, building illustrations.

Scale: 1:24
Model Length: 604mm

Minimum Radio Control functions: 2
Number of propshafts: 2
Recommended motors: Two Speed 400 motors
Recommended battery: One 6v Nicad pack

One of the larger types of craft used on the task of coastal and riverine patrols in the Vietnam war was the ‘patrol craft fast’. This craft was adapted from a commercial design of oil rig support work in the Bay of Mexico. About 200 PCF’s were constructed between 1965 and 1966, all by the firm of Sewart Seacraft of Berwick, Louisiana, USA.

The craft modelled here is a type 1, which has a displacement of 19.3 tons of which 104 were built that were sent to Vietnam between 1967 and 1970, and smaller numbers to Cambodia.

As in all wars, the craft grew in weight as time progressed and this affected the performance and handling. Many pictures of the craft in action show the craft with distinct bows down attitude pushing a large bow wave. The weapons fitted include two .5" machine guns in the forward turret and one mounted atop the 81mm motor fitted on the stern platform.. Personal weapons were also carried; mainly AR15 and 16 rifles.

Power was supplied by two 480hp general Motors diesels giving and empty weight speed of some 28 knots with a range of 400 miles.