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Thursday, November 25, 2010

LCAC





Here are some images of Trumpeter's 1/144 scale Japanese/American LCAC Hovercraft.
From Wikipedia "The Landing Craft Air Cushion (LCAC) is a class of air-cushion vehicle (hovercraft) used as landing craft by the United States Navy and the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF). 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.
Concept design of the present day LCAC began in the early 1970s with the full-scale Amphibious Assault Landing Craft (AALC) test vehicle. During the advanced development stage, two prototypes were built. JEFF A was designed and built by Aerojet General in California, with four rotating ducted propellers. JEFF B was designed and built by Bell Aerospace in New Orleans, Louisiana. JEFF B had two ducted rear propellers similar to the proposed SK-10 which was derived from the previous Bell SK-5 / SR.N5 hovercraft tested in Vietnam. These two craft confirmed the technical feasibility and operational capability that ultimately led to the production of LCAC. JEFF B was selected as the design basis for today’s LCAC.
Six LCAC are in use by the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force. Approval for the sale was given by the United States Government on 8 April 1994. The craft were built by Textron Marine & Land Systems in New Orleans, Louisiana. Purchase of the first craft was included in the FY93 budget, second in FY95, third in FY99 and fifth and sixth in FY00.

5 comments:

Pat Tillett said...

I live really close to the part of Camp Pendleton where the Marines keeps some of these things.

Warren Zoell said...

They must be really neat to see.

Diego said...

Fantastic Warren. I also I have made and is the latest to be released in this year ...... maquetasdiego2 a complicated job that I divided them into different modules.

Diego

Warren Zoell said...

Gracias Diago - Tengo curiosidad por saber lo que su página web principal de los modelos es.

Diego said...

Do not quite understand the question, I mean what is my home page?, Because then I will say that all five are equally important, although I started with maquetasdiego. I like to publish a model, how it was done and if possible, a biography related ... as the Spirit of Saint Louis, or the Apollo XI mission

Diego