Your father was a good man. It is well that you keep his forms, and his memory alive. I have some of my father's forms from WWII (in the Army, in armor, in France, in 1945) in my safe as well.
We only have one actual forum, and you are on it. So, you're in the right place. The other areas, like the gallery where you found the USS Cone pictures, are not "interactive." Unless you are posting pictures of a build--or the like--there is no way for you to contact those pages, or have any sort of conversation. This is our only forum, and totally appropriate for introductions, and I am delighted to meet you, Sir!
As far as your signal flags and numbers for your 1/700 model, if you would please email me at:
I can send you one 1/700 decal sheet of flags and numbers which I have, but am not using. I only have the one, unfortunately, sorry. I live in Massachusetts, USA.
Sorry to read of the first kit mishap. Might I ask what kit you used for your current build?
Curious that you had a kit with no number decals in it. (Though signal flags are not really common.)
As far as signal hoists...when the USS Cone wanted to identify herself to other ships in the US Navy, she would hoist a signal flag code. That code was: NBGG, and that was also her radio call sign. That information comes from a site called Navsource. It is a great place, and many of us here go to it to look all sorts of things up. Here is the Navsource page on the USS Cone: http://www.navsource.org/archives/05/866.htm
Notice up in the info at the top that it gives her flag hoist. That's what she would fly to identify herself. All US ships were assigned such a code.
Unfortunately off hand, I could not tell you what kit to use for an APD, but I bet others here can help if they are willing. I hope you end up with one.
Your build sounds great, and I personally would be delighted to hear of any updates you care to let us know of. Posting images of builds here is notoriously difficult...you need to have a photo hosting site, and get the URL just exactly right, etc. So, I would ask for photos, but "it hasn't worked too well" for others here in the past. Basically, if you contact Steve Backer--the webmaster--and email your pictures to him, he can post them in the Gallery section. That is probably easiest.
I hope this is helpful. Hope to hear from you on the decals as well. A pleasure meeting you!
yes sir i enjoyed finding that page immensely , and i am sure i will find many more, dad served on the cone more than once as well as james c owens more than once, 4 tours in vietnam, one tour MACV naval advisor chnadvgrp cam rhan bay , but thats as f ar as i can go, i have photos of him on all the other ships but not the swift boat, his crew was south vietnamese so i have no clue how to acquire any other info than what dads dd214 provides, and he has 5 dd214s i have to keep up with lovingly , they are in a safe right now, fire and water proof, along with many other items, i really dont know if this is the correct area of the forum to be talking about introductions, i think i clicked general info, but i have finished a 1/700 gearing class , but it came with no decals, no flags, no numbers , numbers i really have a hard time manufacturuing , but i was looking for signal flags that the cone flew to notify to other ships or coast, her name CONE in signal flags i think can be flown at times or all the time when not signaling any other message, thats what i was looking for, in color close up signal flags that designated her, hull numbers are small for a 1/700 but i will search this website and maybe, i also question if numbers can be flown, so along with flags indicating CONE number flags would be 866 down the other side of string i made into wire support or electrpnics, either way i finish i am going to encapsulate in epoxy resin crystal clear on a bed of blue epoxy resin to look like ocean and waves diorama sorta, let me know what anybody who reads this thinks, my first attemot didnt turn out well, i chopped it in half with a chop saw trying to remove a lot of resin epoxy that encased the ship, which was a summner class , james c owens dd776, down the trash, but it was a learning experience and long funny story i could go into that would require a different thread, i have photos of that mishap, that ship i only placed an american flag i made with blue paper then white dots, no red or white, too difficult, the summner class was a lot like the gearing class, the stacks were nearer or farther apart depending on which ship your looking at. now as far as the APD high speed transport i have no idea where to find that model class, i will keep you up to date on progress if yall wish, regards