only survivor; that's this superbly restored and cared for
Martin PBM-5A Mariner. Having seen it at first-hand several
years ago pre-restoration - see my walk-round images in the
other gallery, I can see it has been given a huge dose of
tender-loving care and is now housed indoors at the Pima County
Air Museum, Arizona - one of my all-time favourite places to
So, when one of our long-time West Coast, USA correspondents,
Vladimir Yakubov pays a visit and shoots such a fantastic series
of photographs, the resulting images just have to have a
dedicated gallery all to themselves! And, what a series! If you
ever wondered how to shoot a walk-round and what to look for,
then look no further as this is an object lesson in how to do it
properly and professionally.
He is one of a
very small select group of modeler/enthusiasts that - in my
humble opinion - has worked out how to provide the modeler and
the flying boat enthusiast with exactly the images they would
shoot if they were lucky enough to actually be there with the
subject - another is Howard Mason - and to see a series as good
as this, well it doesn't get any better!
Vladimir is also
lucky enough to be a member of the Silicon Valley Scale Modelers
club whose website can be found
well worth a visit being a superbly organised outfit.
you so much for taking the trouble to shoot this stunning series
and for allowing me to share it with us all here as you have
unselfishly done for a number of years now on SEAWINGS.