Trumpeter LCM(3) in 1/72nd scale

by Mike Leonard
Trumpeter has followed up on its recent kit of a WW2 era US Navy Landing Craft Mechanized (3) in 1/35th scale by releasing a smaller -- but no less detailed -- version in 1/72nd scale.  This is sure to appeal to modelers who enjoy building both armor and small naval craft, and dioramas featuring both.

The 1/72nd scale model looks very much like its big brother, though the layout of the sprues isnít entirely the same.  There are approximately 140 plastic parts, crisply molded in light gray on four sprues, plus a separate hull.  Decals for landing craft used at the June 6, 1944 Normandy invasion are identical to the ones provided in the larger kit, and are made by Cartograf.  Photoetched brass parts (26 total) are provided to build machine gun mounts and miscellaneous fittings. 

The eight-page instruction sheet is well produced and easy to follow, with optional assembly steps to allow for variations between US Navy and Royal Navy boats.  The coxswain position comes complete with steering wheel and instrument panel.

No crewmen are provided but Hecker & Goros of Germany recently released a US Navy landing craft set of three white metal figures in combat dress with steel helmets.  Lastly, a bag with some brown thread is provided for modeling the bow ramp in the lowered position.

 MSRP is US$21.95.  A good value at the price and highly recommended for amphibious craft buffs.

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