Vietnam War Era PBR Mk II – A Premium Brickmania Kit
Patrol Boat Riverine MKII
Designer: Daniel Siskind
Piece Count: 646
Skill Level: Intermediate (3 of 5)
Availability: Ships on or after January 10, 2012
The Patrol Boat Riverine (or PBR) was a fast waterborne patrol craft built in the late 1960’s and 70’s for the US Navy. It’s sleek fiberglass hull was specially designed to draft less than 2 feet of water and it’s twin diesel engines and water jet propulsion meant it could reach speeds upwards to 35 knots and make a 180 degree turn within it’s own hull length. The PBR was used from 1966 to 1971 by the US “Brown Water” Navy to patrol the extensive waterways of the Mekong and Saigon Rivers in Vietnam, where it played a crucial roll stopping the flow of weapons and supplies to NVA troops and Vietcong guerrillas. It was also common for PBRs to engage in firefights with land-based units and was often used to transport special forces deep into enemy held territory.
Additional information about this Brickmania custom Lego® kit:
This premiums Brickmania model is made using new-condition Lego building bricks and includes five minifigs. Also included are helmets and weapons from BrickArms, including a brown and black prototype M79 V.1 “Thumper” (including a custom elastic sling by MMCB Capes) and a pair of prototype black M16 rifles with extra ammo clips. Other features include fully posable front turret with twin .50 caliber machine guns, rear single .50 caliber mount, detailed coxswain station and stickers for the flag and white star on the rooftop. While the extensive details of this model brings the price point up to the premium level, it is still sturdy enough for regular play and handling.