Tamiya U.S Navy PBR 31 Mk.II Patrol Boat Pibber Plastic Kit
Knowing that patrolling coastal and river waterways during a conflict in Vietnam was going to be extremely hazardous, the U.S. Navy searched for a boat design that could be quickly produced and employed. One chosen was a fiberglass-hulled pleasure craft built by Modutec Marine in Seattle Washington.
The Patrol Boat, River or PBR as it was known militarily, became one of the most successful weapons systems used in Southeast Asia. It was 31' 11" long ; 11; 7" wide, and 9'9" high above the waterline. It displaced 8 3/4 tons loaded drawing two feet of water.
It's crew of four was armed with a pair of .50 cal gun or grenade launcher mounted on a tripod in the fantail, plus a single M-60 on a pipe mount bolted to one of the amidships splinter shields.
It was powered by two turbocharged Detroit Diesel 205 HP, V-6 marine engines, driving a pair of Jaccuzzi 14JY water jetdrives. The engines were located underneath the aft decking, and the boat was steered by two movable nozzles below the water line, mounted on the rear transom. The water intakes were located on the hull bottom.
It had a top speed in excess of 25 knots. Surface radar and two-way radio equipment provided communication and maneuvering safety.
About this Tamiya Pibber Kit
Scale - 1:35
Length - 279mm
Detailed interior framework & cockpit
Movable turret & machine guns
includes 4 lifelike figures
Model requires Paint & Glue
Starter Paint Pack Includes:
8 x 17ml Vallejo model paints. Vallejo paints are supplied in plastic bottles of 17ml with an eyedropper device which keeps paint from drying and prevents spills. The model color range has been specifically developed for adherence on difficult surfaces such as metal and plastic, but the product is not toxic, not flammable, and does not give off noxious fumes. The paint packs offered are only our suggestion and may not match directly with the instructions found within the kit.