Heller 1/400 LCT/LSU
|one option each
|Scott Van Aken
The US LCT, known as the Short
LCT, is the British Mk VI version. It is called the LSU (landing ship,
utility), a name normally reserved for vessels with a minimum length of
about 197 feet. However, since the vessel was sometimes used sort of as a
tramp steamer, it was considered appropriate as it could operate in high
seas. It had a total loading capacity of 150 tons and a crew of 12 (1
officer and 11 men). It also was armed with 2 20mm Oerlikon cannon. Like
the LCT, it was used a great deal in WWII and other actions post war.
It is nice to get a two-fer when buying a kit. The two vessels in this kit are not exactly huge, but in this scale will make into a nice display for those who are a bit limited in space. The majority of the sprues are for the LCT, whose major sprues are to the right in the image above. The only real option I see is that you can probably put the ramp in the lowered position. No vehicles or cargo is supplied, though it would be nice to have some small trucks or tanks included. Perhaps someone does these as an aftermarket afterthought!
The other kit is the smaller LSU and again, a lowered ramp seems to be the only possible option. Both have a small display stand as part of the fit. I'd like to tell you what colors these are painted, but the instructions only provide Humbrol numbers, so those who can't get that paint are S.O.L. when it comes to this aspect of the build. I'd imaging that Navy Grey and Hull red or black will take care of most of the big parts! There is a lot of 64, 113 and 27 used. Each of the ships has its own exploded view and though the LCT is a bit complicated, it is not so much so that the exploded view type of instruction sheet won't handle all the details. Each vessel has a set of hull numbers and that is it for the decals.
Though not the usual fare of battleships, cruisers or aircraft carriers, it certainly offers a nice value for the funds and provided a pair of interesting craft for the ship modeler.
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