1/144 US Navy LCAC

Reviewed by Timothy Dike
The Navy began testing the LCAC or Landing Craft Air Cushion concept in the 70's as a way to get troops and equipment on shore quickly. Out of those tests the modern LCAC was born. This versatile craft can reach speads of over 40 knots and can transport and M-1 Abrams tank right onto the shore. Earler landing craft were limited by the depth of the water and could end up beached in low tide. The LCAC can make several round trips. These landing craft typically operate out of the well decks of amphibious well deck ships including LHA, LHD, LSD and LPD. There are over 90 currently in service.

Trumpeter has released this large scale landing craft featuring some impressive detailing. 

The main deck is one piece and includes nice sharp surface detailing.  Click images
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The bottom panel is a large single part that attaches directly to the main deck. 
This sprue features the ramps and some of the superstructure parts. 
Many of the small parts and fittings are on this sprue.
SPRUE C (x 2)
There are two of these spures here. The engine nozzels and fan assemblies are included on the sprues.
The skirt is molded in a soft vynl rubber. This part is pretty flexible and will help simulate the effect of the inflatable skirt. 
Windshield parts are include on this clear sprue.
 This sprue includes the other superstructure parts and the cabin. Detail is very nice.
An extensive decal sheet is included with all kinds of makings. They are clear and well registered.
The instructions are an extensive 12 page booklet with all kinds of exploded views. They are step by step and cover all the assembly steps. A color plan and profile sheet shows the markings.
A really nice kit that both ship and armor modelers will enjoy. It is in a large scale that will allow for a lot of detailing. This kit retails for around  $35.00. Thanks to Stevens International for the review sample. They are the exclusive importer for Trumpeter kits in the US. If your hobby shop does not carry Trumpeter kits have them contact Stevens International or try their Hobby Shop Locator to find one.