Reviewed by Timothy Dike
|The LCAC Landing Craft Air Cushion is the primary delivery
craft to get Marine vehicles from ship to shore. These speedy little transports
can carry loads as heavy as an M-1 Abrams at speeds up to 40 knots right
up onto the beach. Powered by four gas turbine engines that provide both
lift and thrust. With over 90 built these units can be operated in the
Navy's Amphibious ships such as LHA, LHD, LSD and LPDs.
I had included a mini review of this craft in my review of the L'Arsenal USS New York but thought modelers should know that they can get a pair of these for their other Amphibious ships.
|MAIN BODY||Click images
|The main hull is cast with with much of the superstructure and the skirt in one piece. The casting is sharp and clean and the detail is very good. Cab windows, and ladder rungs are cast on the surface. the skirt is shown inflated but if you wish to show the LCAC at rest you could sand it down for a flatter look.|
|BRIDGE AND ENGINES|
|The engines and propeller shroud are cast separately. The exhaust nozzles are well cast and finely detailed.|
|Decals are sharply rendered and include warning stripes in yellow and red. Hull numbers are included from 1 to 0 along with US Navy and Flags.|
|The grills for the fan shrouds and rudder slats are included on the
photo etch fret. Individual blades, and railings and other details will
really enhance the detailing options.
|The instructions are two pages very well drawn and show
where everything goes. They feature the CAD images of the 3D model and
highlight the parts in color.