November 26, 2009
Trumpeter's 1/72 JMSDF LCAC ~ In Box Preview
The Landing Craft Air Cushion, or "LCAC," is a multi-purpose hovercraft used as landing craft by the U.S. Navy and the JMSDF (Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force). They transport weapons systems, equipment, cargo and personnel of the assault elements of the Marine Air/Ground Task Force both from ship to shore and across the beach. This allows access more than 70 percent of the world's coastline, while only approximately 15 percent of that coastline is available to conventional boat-type landing craft.
Air cushion technology has vastly increased
the landing capability of the craft, providing greater speed and
flexibility over traditional landing craft. Like the mechanized landing
craft, they are usually equipped with mounted machine guns, although
they also support grenade launchers and heavy weapons.
This kit is a scaled up version of Trumpeter's 1/144 LCAC from a couple of years back. The thing that really hits you when you get the kit is how big it is, approximately 13+ inches in length, with recessed panel detail that appears to be as accurate as it can be. Fit of the parts remains to be seen, but then again what kit doesn't have the occasional parts fit problem...?
Overall detail is typical of Trumpeter latest releases, and with lots of fine & delicate parts, tweezers are going to be a requirement for building this beastie. And with a reasonable amount of 1/72 scale armored vehicles & tanks out there, filling the space in the LCAC will be easy-peasy.
Although this is the JMSDF version, converting this kit to the U.S. Navy version should be as simple as getting some after market decals (or making your own) of the U.S. flag and some numbers to match the #'s of units in deployment or stationed at NSA Panama City, Florida.
What You Get
Final comments: If you can afford it, get this impressive model kit. Definitely recommended.
This page was last updated 11/26/2009