Building the PBM-5A Mariner / US-NAVY
Kit: PBM-5A MARINER – Minicraft 1/72 scale
Model finished: January 2019
Modeler: Roberto Lúcio / [email protected]
Club: GPP-JG400 – Grupo de Plastimodelismo e Pesquisa JG-400 / Natal – RN – Brasil
I’ve always enjoyed US Navy aircraft because of its style, variety, power and color scheme. I received this kit from the USA, as a gift from my daughter a few years ago, and I decided to build it to attend a GB in my club, with theme Brazil in WW2. After starting, I was surprised to know this version (A) did not operate in Brazil during WW2, and only the flying boat did it. So I decided to build the kit in the scheme shown in the box, and to beguin later onother model (P-47D) to the GB. The kit is really nice, with good fit in almost every parts, thin recessed lines and interesting details. The wing fitting in the fuselage used a lot of putty and sanding, and the nose tower really can not be put in place with the fuselage closed. I had to cut a part of the clear part, plus some adjustments to fit.
The painting was done with enamel Modelmaster.
I used 2 figures in a simple base, just to give a dimension view of this great seabird.
Finally, a simple model, out-of-the-box style building.
10 additional images. Click to enlarge.