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US Navy PBR31 MkII Pibber Boat -- Plastic Model Military Ship Kit -- 1/35 Scale -- #35150

Tamiya US Navy PBR31 MkII Pibber Boat -- Plastic Model Military Ship Kit -- 1/35 Scale -- #35150
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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.

Product Features
  • Approximately 110 parts in olive green with a high level of detail.
  • 4 crew figures in authentic uniforms.
  • Detailed bow machine gun position and stern tripod mounted .50cal gun.
  • Many accessories: ammo cans, oil drums, large U.S. flag, and portable radio.
  • Includes a display stand.
Product Specifications
  • Length: 11" (27.7cm)
  • Beam: 4" (10.1cm)
  • Scale: 1/35
  • Tamiya Product Number: 35150
Product Markings
  • Decal Options:
  • Two large white stars and some stencil markings are also included on
  • the sheet.
  • PBR's serving in Southeast Asia were painted overall Olive Drab with
  • the area below the waterline either flat black or hull red.
What's Included

1/35 US Navy PBR31 MkII Pibber

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Product Rankings
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Very enjoyable project
By burtmichael February 3, 2013
I really enjoyed putting this kit together. Unlike a lot of plastic models, the parts actually fit together, the instructions were fairly clear, and the result was outstanding.
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Awesome
By Al December 12, 2013
Tamiya hit another home run with this model. Not only was it easy to put together but the authenticity is incredible. It was like the one's I saw in Nam right down to the accessories. If purchased a must to paint.
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Nice personality for a nautical kit
By travis.getz February 12, 2014
In real life, these 'Brown River Navy' boats were full of personality, because the crews lived and fought on them, and this kit lets the hobbyist capture that! My favorite part is the accessories, which can be configured in different ways should you want more than on in a scene. This kit is just begging to be in a diorama with a little Vietnamese fishing boat!
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Not a Pibber
By johncpo41 July 25, 2014
I built the kit many years ago and found it to be fairly accurate with the nickname being totally off the mark for what the actual crewmen called this boat. As a member of the Naval Special Warfare Group assigned to boats such as the Light SEAL Support Craft(DML does a fine model) and the larger Medium SSC of which there is no kit I did run across many PBR operations and worked with the crews often. I even witnessed the destruction of one PBR and the way they were molded into the basic shape as they are nothing more than fiberglass over plywood. The kit represents any one of hundreds of crew modified boats and no the crew did not typically live on board but for missions only. The model is wrong in the sense of weapons and official USN equipment. No crew used the grenade launcher for very long because it jammed all of the time and the single shot shoulder fired launcher, the M-79, was the popular weapon. All of the machine guns in the kit should be replaced by more updated kits and the crew as well is out of date, but with some detailing could be rendered to look better. Shirts off the crew meant awful sun-burning which should be part of the makeup of the figures. The exact name for the boat does exist; Mark 2 would be the official title followed by glass boat or plastic boat Never Pibber which is almost insulting to those of use in the Brown Water Navy.
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Product Tags
Scale : 1/35 Scale (21)
Country : United States (346)
Era : Vietnam War (16)
Hull Version : Full Hull (173)
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