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PBM-5/PBM-5A Mariner Part 1

Caracal Models 1/72 PBM-5/PBM-5A Mariner Part 1 Decal First Look

By Michael Benolkin

Date of Review October 2014 Manufacturer Caracal Models
Subject PBM-5/PBM-5A Mariner Part 1 Scale 1/72
Set Number 72015 Pros Five distinctive aircraft
Cons Nothing noted Skill Level Basic
MSRP (USD) $13.99

First Look

Here is the latest release from Caracal Models, this time to provide some interesting options for Minicraft's outstanding PBM-5/5A Mariner Part 1 kits. The aircraft presented in this set include:

PBM-5/PBM-5A Mariner Part 1 PBM-5/PBM-5A Mariner Part 1

  • PBM-5A, 122603, 603, NATC, NAS Patuxent River, 1949
  • PBM-5S, 84767, XA/32, VX-1, NAS Key West, 1949
  • PBM-5, 45428, C428, VPB-26, Saipan, 1945
  • PBM-5, 45416, V6, VPB-21, 1945
  • PBM-5A, 122081, 081, VR-21, Yokosuka, 1950

The markings are nicely printed (of course, they're from Cartograf) and provide sufficient markings for one subject. The decals are all single-layer - none of them require you to stack one decal atop another to recreate complex art as with some other decal manufacturers.

For more information about this set and the other releases from Caracal Models, visit their website at

My sincere thanks to Caracal Models for this review sample!