Right out of the box, the Alpha Patrol Boat from ProBoat Models is a nicely-detailed rendition of a Vietnam-era patrol boat. Commonly called the PBR (Patrol Boat, River), these vessels were fast, nimble, and heavily-armed. Their water-jet propulsion system allowed them to venture into shallow waters that were inaccessible for most other military boats.
Perhaps the most widely-recognized PBR is the one that serves as the primary setting in 'Apocalypse Now'. It is certainly a focal element of the movie. So when I decided to add more details to my model PBR, emulating the Erebus was an easy decision.
Let me be clear: this is not a tutorial on how to create a museum-quality PBR model. I'm far from qualified to write that kind of how-to article. In fact, I had never actually detailed and weathered a RC boat before this project. So, modeling the Erebus provided an avenue to experiment and expand my skills. Some things worked out well, while others did not. My goal is simply to provide a recap of my experiences that may help you decide what techniques could be applied to your next project.