PT-109 was one of the hundreds of motor torpedo boats of the PT-103 class completed between 1942 and 1945 by Elco Naval Division of Electric Boat Company at Bayonne, New Jersey. Wooden-hulled, 80' long with a 20'8" beam, the Elco PT boats had three 12-cylinder Packard gasoline engines generating a total of 4,500 hp for a designed speed of 41 kts.; with accommodations for 3 officers and 14 men. Shipped to the Pacific just after her construction in 1942, PT-109 became one of the most famous vessels in history because of her ramming and sinking in the Solomon Islands in 1943 by Japanese destroyer Amagiri and the subsequent efforts of her commander, John F. Kennedy, Jr., to save his men. Model's hull is constructed of basswood with solid deck houses components and masts & fittings of Britannia, brass, polycarbonate and aluminum. Painted olive green with black waterline stripe per her WWII configuration, model is mounted on brass pedestals and displayed in a custom case with mahogany baseboard with inlaid satinwood cross-banding and glazed cover trimmed in brass.