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Old 05-19-2011, 06:39 AM
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Beautiful work on the details. The access hatch hardware and fire extinguisher are superb!

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Old 05-19-2011, 06:46 AM
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That LCM is coming out nicely. As soon as I get settled, I may try my hand at scratch building a Higgins. Some of the reference for this LCM, I used in building my Sci-Fi version for the Warhammer Series. I am keeping track of your build and waiting for more.
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Old 05-23-2011, 01:29 AM
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The lifebuoys and the cowl vents:
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LCM(3) landing craft - GPM 1:25-img_6478.jpg   LCM(3) landing craft - GPM 1:25-img_6479.jpg   LCM(3) landing craft - GPM 1:25-img_6480.jpg  
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Old 05-23-2011, 06:59 AM
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Excellent work on the compound curves of the ventilators. The pilot house looks very realistic.

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Old 05-24-2011, 11:55 PM
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Marco,

Very nice build makes me want to get my kit out and build it. Do some research on the Ma Duce gun mounts I can't put my finger on it but the gun shields in the kit do not look correct


Don,

"Mike" boat you must have done more then a couple of beach assaults that's pretty salty for a army dog.

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Old 05-26-2011, 02:22 AM
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There's not an awful lot I could find on the gun shields.
Here is some further detail on the hold, including the tracks.
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Old 05-26-2011, 06:02 AM
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Hello Marco,
Your landing craft has a very authentic appearance. The designers did a good job on the shades of gray. Excellent work.
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Old 05-26-2011, 08:15 AM
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Hello Marco,
Your landing craft has a very authentic appearance. The designers did a good job on the shades of gray. Excellent work.
Mike
Yeah, the design and print quality are good with this kit. It requires a bit of TLC to paint the cutting edges, and the result comes out as I hoped for.
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Old 05-26-2011, 08:51 AM
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Marco - The appearance of your LCM is outstanding. It looks like GPM did a fine job with their portrayal of the weathering and that you did an exceptionally good job of edge coloring and additional weathering. The effect is very realistic.

As Jim Nunn points out, it is always dangerous for a Dogface (infantry Army guy) to use salty talk, and I have been known to make mistakes. However, as I pointed out previously, I have done a lot of research on amphibious warfare, teach some courses, and wrote a book on the subject. Last time I checked, the Army still operates a few LCM-8s, the descendants of your LCM.

I do not have a lot of actual amphibious experience, but in 1966-67, I spent a fair amount of time in LCMs, traveling on the Bassac and Cochin Rivers (mouths of the Mekong in what was then Vinhbinh Province) with the Vietnamese infantry battalion to which I was assigned as an advisor. I participated in one amphibious "assault" and, by coincidence, Jim Nunn, who was in the U.S. Navy then, happened to be providing security on our flank. As it turned out, because of a shifted sandbar, we spent most of the day circling around off shore in the South China Sea in an LCM almost exactly like the one you are building. By the time we got to shore, there wasn't a VC soldier within miles, so it wasn't much like Omaha Beach.

For all these reasons, and because I really want to build this model, I continue to monitor your progress closely.

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Old 05-31-2011, 12:43 AM
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Don: I didn't know these vessels have had such a long service life.
Here's a bit more detail: the mooring bits, and four car tires as bumper guards:
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