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Hobby Master 1:72 Ground Power Series HG4408
FMC Corporation LVT(A)-4 Water Buffalo Diecast Model
USMC 2nd Armored Amphibian Btn, Tinian Island, August 1944

1:72 Scale   Length   Width
FMC Corporation LVT(A)-4 Water Buffalo   4.25"   1.75"

On July 24, 1945, two days after capturing Saipan, the 4th Marine Division loaded into their LVTs and began the three mile crossing to Tinian. A false assault in the area of Tinian Town drew some defenders away from the actual landing area six miles away. Meanwhile the 2nd Armored Amphibian Battalion began landings at White Beach 1 and 2 using 96 LVT-2s and 40 LVT-4s. On August 1, 1945 Tinian had been secured and 5 days later the first atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima.

FMC Corporation LVT(A)-4 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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