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Trumpeter LCM(3) landing craft

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Trumpeter LCM(3) landing craft

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Not one of my favorite subjects, but I picked up this bagged Trumpeter’s 1/144 scale LCM(3) kit with no box on e-Bay for less than ten bucks!
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Not expecting much, I was actually quite impressed with the quality of this little molding. The weld seams on the interior bulkhead shown here, for example. Nice.

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The first assembly was the open interior “box”...

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then the deck and hull...

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...and then fitting them together.

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And already halfway done!

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The propulsion gear, vents, and other parts (like these tiny bitts) are petite and sharp. This kit is a pleasure to work with!

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Ok, now paint, beginning with the .50 cal machine guns.

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These are nicely done and there are even two extras, one set of guns molded with the pedestals and two guns with the two-part pedestals separately molded. Cool.

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I opted for the separate pedestals which are slightly sharper.

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With the rest of the fittings attached, a quick coat of paint and decals slapped on, the 1/144 scale LCM(3) is complete!

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Trumpeter included markings for both a dark blue Pacific LCM and a D-Day boat in grey. I airbrushed it Navy Blue 5-N for the Pacific boat, but I overdid the light grey streaks added for weathering so much that it ended up looking grey. Rather than redo things, I just went with it and added more grey and used the D-Day markings.

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The only changes I made to the kit were to add a sheet plastic door and handle (the doors weren’t flush-mounted as Trumpeter depicts) and semicircular mounts for the life rings.

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And done!

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Wow. I’ve often wondered what this kit was like. Much better than I anticipated as it happens. Very nice result! Love that last picture.

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Great job, it certainly looks the part!
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Excellent work! I can just see a Sherman or a couple of jeeps ready to board her ... ;)
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I have this one in the stash, hope mine turns out as well as yours.
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That is a nice build there Tim. I also have that kit in my stash.
A couple of detail sets were produced for the kit, one by Brengun and the other by Griffon.

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We have something similar up near a local retail park. The local harbour was a base for i) A landing craft crew training school and ii) RAF Search and Rescue boats - also, the local airfield was a base for SAR Walrus and various Fighter type.

To be fair on the LCM, there is some debate as to whether its an original craft, or film prop?

There is also further arguments locally as to whether this should be stuck up on the south downs, or if a memorial down in the port area would be more fitting to the memory of those who served at these establishments!? Personally, I think there should be something down in the port area (there is a museum at the airfield) but that doesnt cover the naval aspects.

PS: Nice build!
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bluedonkey99 wrote:
Mon May 25, 2020 17:12
We have something similar up near a local retail park. The local harbour was a base for i) A landing craft crew training school and ii) RAF Search and Rescue boats - also, the local airfield was a base for SAR Walrus and various Fighter type.

To be fair on the LCM, there is some debate as to whether its an original craft, or film prop?

There is also further arguments locally as to whether this should be stuck up on the south downs, or if a memorial down in the port area would be more fitting to the memory of those who served at these establishments!? Personally, I think there should be something down in the port area (there is a museum at the airfield) but that doesnt cover the naval aspects.

PS: Nice build!
How appropriate - today is Memorial Day here in the U.S.

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Great job - and I also like the last picture!
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The tide clearly goes out a long way in your part of the country, BD99. :P
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