US Navy PBR31 MkII Pibber Boat

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.

Tamiya US Navy PBR31 MkII Pibber Boat Plastic Model Military Ship Kit 1/35 Scale #35150
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Specifications :
  • Length: 11" (27.7cm)
  • Beam: 4" (10.1cm)
  • Scale: 1/35
  • Tamiya Product Number: 35150
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Al (Mahopac. NY)
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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  • 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.


  • Length: 11" (27.7cm)
  • Beam: 4" (10.1cm)
  • Scale: 1/35
  • Tamiya Product Number: 35150


1/35 US Navy PBR31 MkII Pibber

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"Nice personality for a nautical kit"
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!

"Fun build"
I am currently building this model. It is a great build and it is a beginning to my riverboat collection. So far the directions are very simple to follow. This model fits together well and has been an easy build so far

"US Navy PBR31 MkII Pibber Boat"
retired06inaz (
An easy kit to build. Lots of detail and with painting you can make a nice example of this Vietnam icon.


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  • 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.

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