When I got to SBU24 they had two PB MK1, two PB MKIII, a LCM-8, six MATC, and two LCPL.. About four months later we turned the MKIIIs over to SBU-20.
The MK1 was ok but not a MKIII if you
get my drift. But it had more room cause
it only had twin screws. It was a sweet
handling boat though and the PB-721 was
used at Dahlgren for low level radar
test. They covered the windows with the
same stuff used on Astronauts helmets
and glued what looked like 4 inch square
sponges from the deck up. It had to fly
a radar reflector to be seen on radar at
a mile. That stuff worked great and I
wish I knew how far they went with the
program. The MKIII with gun tub on top
was at SBU-20.
I am an avid modeler of the different boats I ran in the Navy and have radio controlled models of all. The MKIII PB is my pride and joy and it fires 22cal blanks from the Bofors on the bow. As you can see in the picture. I have the Bushmaster aft. I'm trying to build the MK2 Mod1 81mm mortar but only have a few drawings and bad pictures. Well, I finally finished the last gun on the MK3. As you can see in the picture below it looks really gun on the heavy weapons platform. Iím sure you guys that are familiar with the weapon will notice a couple of things that are wrong. I could never find any pictures or drawings that showed the rear of the weapon so I took my best guess.
'm in the process of finishing off a 588
class PT boat that will have the Bofors aft. I'm working on roll off
torpedoes that will move also. Can't
afford the real things but I'm having
fun running the models. The PT boat has
the same three engines, props and
battery that the MKIII has. I intend to
race the two boats to see which one has
the best hull design. I think it will be
the PT boat.
Paul Holloway, Norfolk, Va. firstname.lastname@example.org