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Wednesday, January 5, 2011

LVT / Landing Vehicles Tracked from Dragon!

Another product from Dragon's 1/72-"Armour pro" series will land in January on the shelves.

Landing Vehicles Tracked LVT(A)-1. (due to 'dragonmodelsusa'-website).

The kit has 48 pieces.

There is no photo of the box, vehicle parts a.s.o. just a plan:

Some details from the website:

The bottom hull made as a single-piece molding.

This provides a stable and vital foundation on which to add such details as the complicated suspension system.

Upper hull detail can also be easily attached to the basic hull.

The deck is well detailed, and even the weld seams are visible.

The turret is also a product of slide molds, the gun muzzle is hollowed out.

While waiting for the next announcement from the series:

some history about the production of the vehicle:

WWII saw a number of innovative new solutions to meet the demands of modern combat. One such class of military vehicle was the amphibious tractor, often referred to by US servicemen as amtracs.

The first such Landing Vehicles Tracked (LVT) were produced by the Food Machinery Corporation (FMC) for the US military. By the end of WWII a total of 18,621 LVT family vehicles had been manufactured.

The original military LVT-1 appeared in 1941, but one weakness was its lack of armored protection, especially in amphibious assaults such as those that occurred at Tarawa. The LVT(A)-1 helped rectify this shortcoming, with the "A" in the nomenclature representing "armored". In this vehicle's case, the armor was half an inch thick.

Despite what its name suggests, the LVT(A)-1 was actually based on the LVT-2, and it was employed as a fire support vehicle.

It featured an M3 Stuart turret containing a 37mm M6 gun. It also bristled with five .30-cal machine guns.

A total of 510 LVT(A)-1 vehicles were eventually produced.

It could achieve speeds of 12km/h in water, and the vehicle weighed 13,180kg.

This important amtrac was used in such battles as those at Saipan, Guam, Tinian and Peleliu during the bloody Pacific campaign.

1 comment:

  1. I have never owned a dragon kit yet,the price puts me off.I have heard great thing about them.
    Its about time someone brought out this kit.

    Cheers Rich.