Martin PBM-3/5 Mariner
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||MC0028 Martin PBM-3/5
|Contents and Media:
||106 light grey styrene
parts; 26 parts in clear styrene
||Important yet neglected
subject; appropriate and consistent surface detail (engraved and raised);
thoughtful engineering for wing to fuselage join and horizontal tail
||Rough surface texture;
lots of flash and raised ejector pin marks (joining surfaces); soft detail on smaller parts;
poor clear parts (cloudy and indistinct); no locating pins.
||Recommended only to
experienced modellers who are real Mariner and US Navy enthusiasts.
Mach 2's 1/72 scale PBM-3/5 Mariner is available online from Squadron.com
The Martin Mariner was originally designed in the 1930s as a
patrol bomber for the US Navy. Over 1,000 Mariners entered service before the
end of the Second World War, and the type soldiered on until 1953.
Mach 2's 1/72 scale Mariner represents either of two variants
from later in the war - the PBM-3 or PBM-5, equipped with turrets in the
mid-upper, rear and nose positions.
The kit comprises 106 parts in light grey plastic and 26 parts
in clear. The model is big. The wing span is almost 20", and the fuselage is
around 13" long.
This is a limited-run kit and the contents of the box reflect
the production method. The surface texture of the large parts is quite
rough. I suspect that this texture may be visible under paint, so all parts
should be carefully sanded and polished before assembly. You will already have
your sanding stick out anyhow, as most parts are surrounded by flash. While
you're at it, the big raised ejector pin marks will have to be removed from the
inside surface of parts such as wings and tail surfaces to avoid problems during
Detail on some of the smaller parts such as engines and wheels
is soft, but the parts are usable. Other tiny details such as machine gun
barrels and aerials will be best replaced by brass strip or stretched sprue.
On the positive side, the large parts are quite impressive. The
surface detail is a good combination of engraved panel lines and raised panels.
There are no locating pins, but there has been some thought put into the
engineering of the wing to fuselage join. The upper-wing part overlaps the lower
wing half, and should form a secure bond with a deep recess in each fuselage
The clear parts are poor. They are somewhat reminiscent of the
clear parts supplied in old Novo copies of Frog kits. The parts are cloudy and
detail is indistinct. We can only hope that Squadron produce a vacform
replacement set for these parts at some time in the near future.
Instructions are supplied on one side of a single A-4 sheet. In
reality, the construction of this model is quite simple despite its size, so
most experienced modellers will not have any problems figuring what part goes
Decals are provided for three subjects - a PBM-3 in 1944, PBM-3C
of RAF Coastal Command in 1943 and a PBM-5 based in Japan during 1953. No
national markings are supplied for the RAF Coastal Command option.
Mach 2's 1/72 scale Mariner is not a model for wimps.
In terms of "limited run" presentation, the overall quality of
parts looks similar to the early Classic Airframes and LTD kits. Some
time and skill will be required to clean up the parts, test fit and fabricate
some smaller details. This level of commitment limits the appeal of this model
to the experienced modeller only.
Nevertheless, with time and care, it seems that an impressive
replica of the Martin Mariner is possible.
Recommended only to experienced modellers who are USN
Thanks to Squadron for the review sample.
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Page Created 21 July, 2001
Last updated 22 July, 2003
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