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Hobby Master 1:72 Ground Power Series HG4407
FMC Corporation LVT(A)-2 Water Buffalo Diecast Model
USMC 10th Amtrack Btn, Beach Yellow 1 , Iwo Jima, Operation Detachment February 19th, 1945

1:72 Scale   Length   Width
FMC Corporation LVT(A)-2 Water Buffalo   4.25"   1.75"

At 0902 on February 19, 1945 (Operation Detachment) the armored LVT-2s came ashore on Iwo Jima. The 23rd Marine Division landed at Beaches Yellow 1 and 2 courtesy of the 10th Marine Amtrak Battalion comprised of 94 LVT-2s. With troops off-loaded some LVTs returned to their LSTs to start carrying supplies ashore. LVTs from the 10th Amtrak Battalion used the cover of night to carry ammunition to forward positions. During the 36 days of fighting, four Amphibian units comprised of 371 LVT-2s saw duty with 1/3 of those landed being lost.

FMC Corporation LVT(A)-2 Water Buffalo

Designed as a military version of a civillian rescue vehicle (known as the Alligator), the LVT-1 first entered service during WWII. The original civilian model was developed in 1935 by Donald Roebling, who designed it to operate in swampy areas that were inaccessible to cars and boats. The US Marine Corps contracted Roebling to design a more seaworthy version for the military to use as cargo carriers for ship-to-shore operations-the resulting vehicle was so successful that it was also used for assault troop transport and fire support. It could carry 4,500 pounds of cargo or 24 fully-equipped troops and had two .30 cal. Machine guns for supporting fire.

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Hobby Master's 1:72 scale amphibious Landing Vehicle Tracked is a large model for this scale and has a nice, heavy feel. The lower portion of the hull is made from diecast metal with the upper portion in plastic, which allows for fine details such as hatches, rivets and delicate tie downs. Separately applied equipment such as grappling hooks and twisted cable add to this model's realism. Variants in the series include the LTV(A)-1-fitted with a rotating M3 Stuart turret with elevating 37mm gun and two rear-facing machine guns-and the LTV(A)-4, which has a rotating 75mm Howitzer Motor Carriage M8 turret with 50 caliber machine gun.

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Hobby Master 1:72 Ground Power Series

The Hobby Master "1:72 Ground Power Series" range presents detailed, ready-made diecast models of military vehicles.

Hobby Master "1:72 Ground Power Series" diecast vehicles feature:

  • Diecast metal construction with some plastic components.
  • Rotating turret, elevating cannon and accurate hull.
  • Painted, fitted, non-moving tracks on detailed non-rotating wheels.
  • Realistic panel lines, antennas, access panels and surface details.
  • Pad printed markings and placards that won't fade or peel like decals.
  • Clear acrylic display case to protect model.

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