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Easy Model Platinum Collection 34901
Higgins LCM(3) Landing Craft Display Model
US Army

1:144 Scale   Length   Width
Higgins LCM(3) Landing Craft   4.25"   1.25"

The LCM (Landing Craft Mechanized) saw more than 8,500 were built in American yards between 1942 and 1945. As Britian had no tank-carring craft lighter than the LCT (Landing Craft Tank), LCMs were also readily adopted by the Royal Navy. LCMs could be either carried on ship davits, or towed across the English Channel. Due to the danger of swamping in rough seas, most LCMs were towed across the Channel and not loaded with troops until the morning of D-Day, June 6th 1944. LCMs could be readily identified by their unique perforated bow ramp. As tanks grew larger and heavier, the LCM(3) was developed with a longer hull and greater buoyancy, which allowed a 30-ton tank to be carried. They could also handle up to thirty tons of cargo or sixty troops. The LCM(3) had a crew of four men and was armed with two, 50-caliber machine guns. The LCM(3) was not designed for the crew to live aboard, and it remained dependent upon a parentship over long periods of time. As well as taking part in the D-Day, June 6th 1944 landings, LCM(3)s were also used in large numbers in the Pacific Island campaigns, and the crossing of the Rhine in Germany.

Higgins LCM(3) Landing Craft

Originally developed by the British in 1920, the flat-bottom (LCM) Mechanized Landing Craft was constructed of steel and powered by two diesel engines, twin screws and rudders, which could be controlled from the pilothouse. These 'walled barges' were the link between the beach and the large transport ships that sat offshore. The LCMs' huge bow ramps dropped upon landing to allow men and equipment to "hit the beach" in an amphibious assault. One of the most famous uses of the LCM was during the Normandy landings on D-Day, June 6th 1944.

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Easy Model Platinum Collection

The Easy Model "Platinum Collection" range presents highy-affordable, ready-made plastic models of military vehicles. While these models may not have the same "heft" as their diecast siblings, they do offer remarkable value for money. Most importantly, they look perfectly at home alongside diecast modes, allowing collectors to "flesh out" their collection with types and paint-schemes not yet available in diecast.

Easy Model "Platinum Collection" display military vehicles feature:

  • Molded plastic construction.
  • Realistic panel lines, antennas, access panels and surface details.
  • Pad printed markings and placards that won't fade or peel like decals.

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