The Floating Drydock
1/48 scale LCI(L) Landing Craft Plans

Reviewed by Timothy Dike
The Floating Drydock has been around for many years. Tom Walkowiak has been producing a wide range of plans with the Warship Modeler in mind for years. The TFW series are plans that Tom has redrawn himself, they are based on official Government drawings with additional views that would be of interest to most modelers. This set  is of LCI(L)-24, a side ramp, square conning tower landing craft typical of 1943 construction.
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The plan set contains a single sheet with plan and elevation views. Individual deck levels are shown as are hull lines and mast details. The coloring on mine was the result of florescent lighting and attempts to color correct only resulted in washing out the lines. The plans are a bit large to fit my scanner so these views will have to do.
The details on the drawing are very sharp and clearly show the features. Each area of the ship is covered. You can even follow the rigging details. Frame and station numbers are labeled. I find these plans to be educational, with the fittings clearly labeled you quickly learn what some of the items are called.

Whether you are scratch building a 1/96 scale Landing Craft or detailing the Loose Cannon 1/700 kit, these plans will definitely allow you to go above and  beyond the typical detailing. Check the Floating Drydock's website for an extensive line of plans, building supplies, kits, and reference material for the ship modeler. Not all their sets are online so make sure you get a catalog or call for items you don't see. This is set ##TFW-LCIL24/8 LCI(L)24 for $13.00. also available in 1/48 scale as TFW-LCIL24/4  1/48 for $22.00