The PBR was an
extremely dangerous boat. It could be pivoted to reverse
direction, turned in its own length, or come
to a stop from full speed in a few boat lengths.
It could reach top speeds of 28.5 knots (53 km/h.)
And amazingly, it needed only two feet of water even
when fully loaded.
PBR was armed with twin .50 caliber (12.7
mm) machine guns (the forward '50s), an M60 7.62 mm
machine gun, a Mark 18 grenade launcher, and
sometimes a 20 mm cannon. The machine gunners and
conning tower were protected with ceramic armor.
PBR was used in the
Vietnam War from March 1966 until the end of 1970.
They were deployed in a force that grew to 140.
The main purpose of this well-engineered boat is to stop and search traffic in areas such as the
Mekong Delta for enemy's weapons
Like all of our warship models, this
PBR boat model has the following qualities:
hull construction (very important), weighing less than 10 lbs
(A solid hull of this model would be over 30 lbs
which feels like a heavy toy rather than an art
- Hollow superstructure is comprised of many
individual thin pieces of wood glued together, not
several solid pieces of wood stacking on top one
- Windows are cutouts (not black decals), thanks to
the hollow structures.
- >95% of parts are wood and metal.
- Rust appearance to
portray realism: A rough riverine craft, not a shiny
17"tall x 11 wide
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