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Higgins PT Boat
On Deck
by David Doyle

Reviewed by Sean Hert
March 2012
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David Doyle's latest contribution to Squadron's "On Deck" series covers the Higgins-type PT boats. Higgins boats are somewhat less famous to some, perhaps due to LTJG John F. Kennedy's PT-109 having been an Elco boat. The Higgins type boats were smaller than the Elcos, and build in much fewer numbers; 209 in total, according to Mr. Doyle.

This volume of the On Deck series examines both early and later styles of Higgins boats, with 80 pages packed with photos and informative captions. These images were generated from using existant Higgins boats: PT-658, an operational boat owned by Save the PT Boat, Inc., of Portland Oregon, and a static display of PT-309 the National Museum of the Pacific War.

Scans are reduced quality.

This book as many color photos, as well as historical reference shots, showing good close-up details of equipment aboard this boats. There are great shots of the interiors, included the engine room, allowing for meticulous scratchbuilders to really go crazy.


A great book for this lesser known PT Boat, it is a pleasant and interesting read, and a good reference for scratchbuilders- or brave souls taking on the old Revell 1/100-1/96 Higgins kit. Mr. Doyle has really turned Squadron's ship reference books in high-quality books a modeler can really find useful. Highly recommended.