The PBM Mariner is one of the least well known patrol aircraft of World War II, yet it was also one of the most successful. They would be credited with sinking at least ten U-boats by the end of the war and were also used extensively in the Pacific, operating from sea tenders and from bases in the South West Pacific, Saipan, Iwo Jima and Okinawa. In addition to the bomber role, these flying boats were used for forward patrol (reconnaissance), transport and rescue operations (Dumbo Missions). In the forward patrol role, the PBMs were based entirely on seaplane tenders to create floating bases near the attacking amphibious assault forces and they saw action in all of the major offensive campaigns in the Pacific.
This waterline model simulates the Mariner as it would appear in the water. While photography of these little gems is a challenge for our equipment and limited skills, check out the well proportioned model including the detailed canopy, the massive fuselage with the twin tail assembly and nose and dorsal turrets, the huge wings with engines and, especially, the wing floats now mounted on the delicate, newly-rendered struts!
Although the surfaces are not perfectly smooth (3D printing is done in layers), the plastic used can be sanded and painted much the same way you would handle resin or styrene.
NOTE: While we currently maintain limited inventories of most items, some items may be "printed on demand", which usually requires 10-15 business days from order to shipment.