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Trumpeter 1/72 USMC LCAC

The landing craft air cushion (LCAC) is a high-speed, over-the-beach fully amphibious landing craft capable of carrying a 60-75 ton payload. It is used to transport weapons systems, equipment, cargo and personnel from ship to shore and across the beach. The advantages of air-cushion landing craft are numerous. They can carry heavy payloads, such as an M-1 tank, at high speeds. Their payload and speed mean more forces reach the shore in a shorter time, with shorter intervals between trips.

The air cushion allows this vehicle to reach more than 70 percent of the world’s coastline compared to only 17% with conventional landing craft.

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Kit Highlights

  • Kit # 07302
  • USMC Landing Craft Air Cushion (LCAC)
  • Scale 1/72
  • Length:372mm   Width:198.6 mm   Height: 95mm
  • Parts: 338
  • Photo Etched parts
  • 9 sprues, lower hull , deck and cushion
  • One-piece hull with full deck made from four-directional slide molds
  • Cargo deck scupper pattern finely rendered
  • One-piece real rubber cushion.

You may have seen this model kit in you local hobby shop or favorite on-line retailer. What is really inside the box of the 1/72 Trumpeter USMC LCAC?

There are 9 cleanly molded sprues, a sharply detailed photo etch fret and a real rubber air cushion among others.  The molding is very clean, no flash at all and no bothersome molding lines. My single complaint is that the fan guards/grills are on the thick side.

For the price tag of this model kit I would have welcomed a couple of 1/72 figures. As far as I know, this kit is no longer in production.  But they are still widely available.  Trumpeter is actually producing the same kit with Japanese markings (Trumpeter kit # 07301).

NOTE FROM THE AUTHOR
The detail on the hull is superb. The decal sheet is large, the print is top notch and does look very much like a Cartograf job.  If you’re a ship builder, you’ll be happy to add this model kit to your collection.

Preview sample courtesy of my wallet.

George Collazo
George Collazo
George has been hosting review sites and blogging about toy collectibles, travel, digital photography and Nikon digital imaging since 1998. His first model kit build was a Testors 1/35 DODGE WC-54 in 1984.
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