Martin PBM-3C/D Mariner 1/72 Scale Mahogany Model
Introducing the ready-built APBMT Desktop Model. This 1/72 scale model was handmade with precision and accuracy to produce the finest model that will be the centerpiece of your collection for years to come. This model is a perfect gift for pilots and aviation enthusiasts alike. Not too big or too small, this model features a wingspan of 20 inches and a length of 13.25 inches. This model features a very accurate paint scheme with realistic panel lines.
This collectible model represents the PBM-3C/D Mariner, a World War II maritime patrol bomber that saw extensive use in both the Atlantic and Pacific. Painstakingly built from Philippine mahogany by skilled craftsmen using a wealth of detail, this 1/72-scale model PBM-3C/D Mariner makes a great gift for any pilot, naval aviator, aviation enthusiast or history buff.
Designed as a replacement for the PBY Catalina in the late 1930s, the advent of World War II saw both types go into production. Before the United States entered World War II, these flying boats conducted Neutrality Patrols over the Atlantic, then anti-submarine patrols following Pearl Harbor. The PBM Mariner sank 10 U-boats during the war, and also saw extensive service in the Pacific Theater.
The aircraft was fitted with five gun turrets and bomb bays that were in the engine nacelles. The PBM-1 was equipped with retractable wing landing floats that were hinged inboard, like the Catalina. The PBM-3 had fixed floats, and the fuselage was three feet longer than that of the PBM-1.
Powered by two Wright R-2600 radials, the PBM Mariner was 79 feet long with a wingspan of 118 feet, and a range of 3,000 miles, enabling long patrols and good loiter time.
PBMs continued in service with the US Navy following the end of World War II, flying long patrol missions during the Korean War. It continued in front-line use until replaced by its direct development, the P5M Marlin, with the last Navy squadron equipped with the PBM, Patrol Squadron FIFTY (VP-50), retiring them in July 1956.
The United States Coast Guard acquired 27 Martin PBM-3 aircraft during the first half of 1943. In late 1944, the service acquired 41 PBM-5 models and more were delivered in the latter half of 1945. Ten were still in service in 1955, although all were gone from the active Coast Guard inventory by 1958 when the last example was released from Coast Guard Air Station San Diego and returned to the Navy.