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|RIVER PATROL BOAT||PBR MK-S||1:12TH||32"||12"|
No naval craft used during the war in Vietnam came to symbolize the Brown Water Navy like the PBR's, which were the mainstay of river operations by the US Navy. These tiny craft were the spiritual descendants of the PT Boat operations of World War Two.
In November of 1965 a contract was awarded for 120 PBR's to be built by United Boat Builders of Bellingham Washington, with the first unit to be delivered in April of 1966 at a cost of $75,000.00.
After the initial run of PBR MK-1's were built the PBR MK-2 boat was introduced. These boats were slightly larger with more powerful engines. The main exterior difference between the MK-1 and the MK-2 was the addition of a larger superstructure and aluminum gunwales on the MK-2 . These were installed to protect the hulls from being damage when coming alongside sampans and junks for inspections by US forces, inspections needed to stop the flow of arms and supplies being infiltrated to guerrillas fighting against the south.
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Our 1:12th scale 32 foot River Patrol Boat model is a faithful reproduction of the Original Boat that served in the South East Asia during the Vietnam War.
This PBR Boat package comes as a Fiberglass hull with deck already joined to the hull, and cabin structure only. A 2 sheet set of 1:12th scale plans is also included with this package. Then the modeler can chose to purchase additional parts from the available fittings listed on the next page, Please find prices on fittings section of this catalog.
This kit includes the Fiberglass hull, cabin structure & Fittings Package listed below as well as the plans set to complete your boat.
NOTE: We call this model a Semi-Kit because, although it is virtually a kit, there are no building materials nor any running hardware included. These items are available from us or your local hobby shop as separate items.
|706||Machine Guns and Cradle Assembly||1|
|707||M 60 Machine Gun and Shield||1|
|711||Antenna Bases Small||2|
|712||Side Vents Small||4|
|714||Instrument Panel / Throttle||1|
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