LCM3 50ft Landing Craft
with 3 crew and 6 US soldiers
Italeri's 1/35 scale LCM3
(Tank and British Tank Commander not included!)
S u m m a r
Catalogue Number and Description
||6436 - LCM3
50ft Landing Craft with 3 crew and 6 US soldiers
Contents and Media:
||157 parts in
grey styrene (LCM & crew) plus 134 parts in grey styrene (infantry
figures) plus two sprues of weapons; 2 spools of thread; markings
for Pacific and D-Day vessels
size; good surface texture and
detail parts; relatively simple parts breakdown (and a fast build);
includes six excellent infantry figures from Dragon plus three crew;
dimensions are consistent with published plans; excellent fit;
includes generic vessel number decals; a striking and versatile way
to display AFVs and figures!
understated structural detail on hull; a few ejector pin marks in
Reviewed by Brett Green
Italeri's 1/35 scale LCM3 Landing Craft will be available online from
Italeri continues its commitment to water-borne military craft with its
brand new 1/35 scale LCM3 50ft Landing Craft.
Despite the closeness of the release dates, this is
a different model to the 1/35 scale Trumpeter LCM3.
Italeri's LCM3 and three man crew comprises 157
parts in crisp grey styrene, plus an additional 134 parts for six
infantry figures. The figures are sourced from Dragon, and they are
excellent. Their weapons are supplied on a further two plastic sprues.
Two spools of thread and decals complete the large package.
The hull is an impressive single moulding. Surface
texture on the kit parts is very good. The treadplate on walkways is
especially nice, and weld beads on the lower hull and the loading ramp
are also noteworthy. Fine details are up to the same standard. The wheel
and screws look terrific, while the perforated mounts for the .50 cal
guns are remarkably fine.
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Options include positionable hatches
for the engine room and the wheel house. The loading ramp is hinged to
permit raising and lowering after construction.
Handy extras include two life
preservers, a tyre, fuel drums, bumpers and various grapplng devices.
Two rolls of twine - one grey and one tan - are also supplied to rig the
gate and the bumpers. Three US Navy crew figures are a very useful
addition. Two of the figures man the .50 cal guns, while one pilots the
Decals are supplied for Pacific and
D-Day LCMs. In addition to specific markings suggestions in the
instructions, the decals have generic numbers to permit other specific
machines to be depicted.
A six-man Infantry load is also
included in this package. These are Dragon figures, posed for action.
The quality of sculpting and moulding is right up to the high standard
of Dragon's latest releases. With their inclusion, the kit is almost a
diorama straight from the box.
I have compared the length and height
of the Italeri kit with published plans, including a drawing found on
the USS Rankin website
http://www.ussrankin.org/id40.htm . The Italeri kit appears to be
very close to the dimensions noted on these drawings.
With this release being hot on the
heels of the Trumpeter kit, comparisons will be inevitable.
The most obvious difference between
the kits is that Trumpeter's hull is quite noticeably deeper than
Italeri's . I do not know if Trumpeter's kit is another variant, or if
there may be another explanation for this large discrepancy.
Close examination reveals a few detail
distinctions between the two kits. Trumpeter's .50 cal machine guns are
superb, but Italeri's wheel and screws are undoubtedly better than
Trumpeter's. Accessories are also different. Italeri includes the tyre
and drums; Trumpeter has tank traps. In the wheelhouse, Italeri supplies
a decal for instruments, while Trumpeter has raised dial detail. This
will be a matter of personal preference. Trumpeter's kit also includes a
few photo-etched parts, but Italeri's plastic equivalents are very
finely rendered. Trumpeter's kit provides parts for a British LCM3 (but
curiously no decal option). Italeri's trump card, however, is the
inclusion of the nine figures.
I was quite excited to receive this model, and intrigued by the
relatively simple parts breakdown. I decided to find out whether the kit
was as nice to build as it looked in the box.
The first thing I noticed was that weld seams on the side of the hull
were very restrained. I decided to amplify these into heavy duty,
industrial strength weld beads using Evergreen .040" half-round profile
plastic strip. The strip was softened with liquid polystyrene cement and
glued to the hull. A random weld pattern was applied with a staple
I also drilled out holes in the hull sides for the engine exhausts
and the bilge pumps.
From that point I followed the instructions. First, the cargo hold
were built up as a box - four sides and a floor. There were a few
ejector pin holes on the outside of the cargo hold. These would be
visible when the kit was assembled, so I filled them with Liquid Paper
and sanded them flat. With this small task out of the way I fixed the
structural detail to the outside of the hold.
The deck then slides onto this sub-assembly. The fit of all these
parts was perfect. I did not add the details to the deck yet, as I
wanted to glue the deck to the hull first.
The deck and hold simply dropped into the hull. I ran Tamiya Liquid
Cement around the top rim of the hull to secure these large parts. Once
again, the fit was perfect.
The remainder of assembly was similarly satisfying - and fast! I got
to this stage after two sessions of around three hours each. However,
some of the small details were fiddly to clean up and install. I broke
one of the small runners for the twine, and lost another. New parts were
fabricated from fine wire.
I will be finishing my LCM as a British boat, so I did not glue the
front engine deck in place. British boats featured flat deck without the
two .50 cal guns and the forward cowl vents. I will buy some
photo-etched treadplate and cut it to shape. Also, British craft used a
different ladder. I therefore filled and sanded the holes for the ladder
on the rear cargo bulkhead. Please also note that the wheelhouse is not
glued onto the deck yet. I will do that after I have painted and glued
the controls in place.
The model still needs to receive final details, but I have completed
enough to know that it is a very sweet build.
Italeri's 1/35 scale LCM3 is a large and impressive kit. It
represents a nice model on its own, but it also suggests a vast number
of options for displaying vehicles and figures. This vessel could carry
up to 30 tons, so a wide range of payloads are possible - jeeps, a scout
car, light tank. I have even seen a Sherman in an LCM3.
The model is well detailed, dimensionally accurate and is quite easy
and fast to build. The inclusion of the three crew and six infantry
figures is a very useful feature.
I am looking forward to seeing plenty of beach landings at model
competitions in the coming months and years!
Thanks to Italeri
for the review sample
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