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Trumpeter 1/35 lcm3
Posted by Failmailer on Tuesday, January 09, 2018 10:53 AM

So i just purchased this, i was just wondering seeing as it hasnt come yet..being 1/35 scale, i should be able to fit a 1/35 sherman in it right? haha, also are there any items or things that i should modify/add/delete to make it more accurate? Thank you so much. 

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Posted by stikpusher on Tuesday, January 09, 2018 1:08 PM

Keep in mind that aside from a handful of early landings, such as at Tarawa, LCMs were not used to carry Sherman tanks. LCTs were the preferred craft for that task. By the time of the Overlord landings LCMs were used for carrying elements like Engineers in the immediate trail of the assault troops in their LCA & LCVP craft.

 

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Posted by rcboater on Tuesday, January 09, 2018 1:49 PM

The problem was that the LCM-3 was designed to carry a 30-ton tank--  such as the M3 Lee.   The first models  of the Sherman weighed about 33 tons, while later versions weighed in at 42+ tons. 

It seems like almost every time a company comes out with a new LCM kit, they release the LCM-3.  Trumpeter did it, in 1/35, 1/72, and 1/144 scale.  HobbyBoss did it in 1/48.  Speedline Models did an RC version in 1/16.   Only Dean's Marine led with the LCM-6, in 1/24 scale.  (Speedline did respond to customer feedback and now offers an LCM-6 as well.) 

The LCM-6 was basically a -3  with an additional six feet of length added amidships.  This increased the displacement enought to allow them to carry the Sherman. 

The LCM-6 is a much more interesting vessel-- you can build it in WW2 fit, and it was capable of carrying the Shermans.  It was also used well into the post war period, into Vietnam.  There are all sorts of conversion options for an LCM-6, such as Riverine gunboats or boats with a helicopter landing pad for the UH-1.     

Shortly after it first came out, I converted the Trumpeter kit into an RC model.   I originally outfitted it with a diecast Sherman tank, but it was really too heavy.  I am now running the model with a Dodge Weapons Carrier WC-56, but I am planning on replacing that with an M3A1 Stuart at some point.....

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Posted by Failmailer on Tuesday, January 09, 2018 3:32 PM

After doing a little more googling, and looking through some books, its interesting i do see more of these boats carrying jeeps with trailers, with howitzers on them, and even the occaisional half track! And looking up an LCM 6 with a helipad from vietnam..that may be the coolest thing ive seen...Also alot of the pictures when looking up lcm3s and shermans at tarawa...happen to be of shermans in the water ruined....

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Posted by Failmailer on Tuesday, January 09, 2018 3:33 PM

rcboater

The problem was that the LCM-3 was designed to carry a 30-ton tank--  such as the M3 Lee.   The first models  of the Sherman weighed about 33 tons, while later versions weighed in at 42+ tons. 

It seems like almost every time a company comes out with a new LCM kit, they release the LCM-3.  Trumpeter did it, in 1/35, 1/72, and 1/144 scale.  HobbyBoss did it in 1/48.  Speedline Models did an RC version in 1/16.   Only Dean's Marine led with the LCM-6, in 1/24 scale.  (Speedline did respond to customer feedback and now offers an LCM-6 as well.) 

The LCM-6 was basically a -3  with an additional six feet of length added amidships.  This increased the displacement enought to allow them to carry the Sherman. 

The LCM-6 is a much more interesting vessel-- you can build it in WW2 fit, and it was capable of carrying the Shermans.  It was also used well into the post war period, into Vietnam.  There are all sorts of conversion options for an LCM-6, such as Riverine gunboats or boats with a helicopter landing pad for the UH-1.     

Shortly after it first came out, I converted the Trumpeter kit into an RC model.   I originally outfitted it with a diecast Sherman tank, but it was really too heavy.  I am now running the model with a Dodge Weapons Carrier WC-56, but I am planning on replacing that with an M3A1 Stuart at some point.....

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Posted by CapnMac82 on Tuesday, January 09, 2018 8:53 PM

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carrying jeeps with trailers, with howitzers on them, and even the occaisional half track!

Real problem is well deck length--this is a detail which gets obessed over in the amphib world.  That and load orientation.

Mike boat is useful, with a bit of shoe-horning, you can get an entire leg infantry company in one, but it's a very tight squeeze.  Now, you can get a jeep with a 37mm gun in there, but caking it is is a pain.  Really not enough length to get a WC54 and a 57mm aboard, though.  Howitzer is pulled by a 5 ton, or a deuce-and-a-half.

Now, a useful load might be a couple WC54, nose to tail.  Tight squeeze in a -3, easy in a -6.  Half-track a good load, for those landings where half-tracks are put ashore.  Recall that a single LST can tote an entire armored battalion, with its personnel and vehicles; and only lands the once, versus the landing after landing of a Mike boat.  Loaded LCM only goes about 10 knots, and does not get a lot faster (15 knots) unloaded.

Hugely realistic load would be crates of "stuff" on pallets just filling the well deck (just not the sloped part).  On the beach, a bulldozer would be used, with a long wire rope to drag the pallets out one after the other.

Oh, and other than Wave 1 through about 5-6 would the MGs even be manned.  Pretty much, by D+0.5 they guns are under oilskin covers to keep the salt spray off.

You should, by hook or crook, set up a dude, typically at the starboard side of the ramp whe serves as the bow lookout.  On D+0 he'll wear a helmet, but it will be a dixie cup by D+1.  He will have a kapok lifejacket invariably.  The first class PO manning the helm might not have a life jacket, but the deck hands will, even the MotorMac.

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Posted by stikpusher on Tuesday, January 09, 2018 9:35 PM

Have a look here at the Omaha Beach landing plan in the 29th Division sector. LCMs landed at H+5 with Engineer Combat Teams, and then not for several hours with Navy Salvage elements. The 1st Division and 4th Division plans are nearly identical. 

 

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Posted by Failmailer on Wednesday, January 10, 2018 8:11 AM

So with the engineers using them, and in that diagram the salvage elements, was it because it was an easier platform to just get tools/people on for the engineers to use, vs using a larger or smaller landing craft? im just wondering what specific reason there was for using the LCM for engineers and the salvage elements. I also love that diagram, ive never seen an actual landing plan like that. 

As for what capnmac says, i can see how a howitzer and a deuce would be a little large for one of these LCM's, i like the idea of 2 WC54's nose to tail in it, would the be WC54's belonging to engineers most likely? Im also seeing alot of photos with 2 jeeps that look to be kitted out with alot of comms equipment.  

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Posted by stikpusher on Wednesday, January 10, 2018 12:06 PM

Have a look here for the composition of the Overlord engineer teams in the assault waves. From my understanding of reading this it appears that they were composed of combined Army/Navy teams with the Navy element assigned to deal with obstacles in the tidal areas, and the Army element assigned to the obstacles above the high water mark. Due to the team size, most likely the LCM was selected due to the size of the teams, and with all their associated demolition gear to be carried along. 

 https://history.army.mil/html/reference/Normandy/TS/COE/COE14.htm

 

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Posted by stikpusher on Wednesday, January 10, 2018 12:51 PM

Perhaps this is one of the salvage team LCMs?

 

 

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Posted by amphib on Thursday, January 11, 2018 6:16 AM

Keep in mind that after the initial landings there still was all sorts of gear stowed in the holds of the APAs and AKAs that had to get to the beach. It may not be sexy like a sherman tank but still interesting stuff.

As an example (and this is from the 1960s) we had Marine engineers embarked on our APA. Their gear included 5 ton trucks and bulldozers stowed in #5 hold. That wasn't going to the beach in an LCVP so it had to go in an LCM.

Some of you may know the differences. It would seem that the difference between a LCM3 and an LCM6 was adding 6 feet to the center portion of the hull. I would think this could be done with sheet plastic. I don't think any curves are involved. In fact I saw a picture once of this having been done to a real LCM3 but the section was still in primer.

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Posted by EdGrune on Thursday, January 11, 2018 10:39 AM

stikpusher

Perhaps this is one of the salvage team LCMs?

 

Neat!  Where did you find that pic?  That LCM is from the USS Oberon (AKA-14),  my fathers ship. She served mostly in the Med and saw action at North Africa, Sicily, Salerno, Southern France, Okinawa, and the Occupation of Japan.  The war diary has mostly small pics of the boats taking bulldozers and Dodge weapon carriers.  The few paragraphs about S France indicate that she landed the 45 Division Engineers.

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Posted by stikpusher on Thursday, January 11, 2018 11:45 AM

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stikpusher

Perhaps this is one of the salvage team LCMs?

 

 

 

Neat!  Where did you find that pic?  That LCM is from the USS Oberon (AKA-14),  my fathers ship. She served mostly in the Med and saw action at North Africa, Sicily, Salerno, Southern France, Okinawa, and the Occupation of Japan.  The war diary has mostly small pics of the boats taking bulldozers and Dodge weapon carriers.  The few paragraphs about S France indicate that she landed the 45 Division Engineers.

 

I just Googled “d-day lcm” and that was an image that popped up. My wife’s grandfather was with the 45th as an artilleryman for the whole war. He made all of their assault landings: Sicily, Salerno, Anzio, and Sothern France. 

 

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Posted by Mikeym_us on Tuesday, January 16, 2018 10:45 PM

My grandfather was 2nd wave during D-Day at Omaha combat engineers 1308th engineering Battalion Company E.  His unit oversaw construction on Red Route 1 then moved on to Bastogne and then was transfered to the pacific where he was involved in the Battle of Okinawa.

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Posted by Failmailer on Wednesday, January 17, 2018 11:13 AM

I found this bit pretty interesting from that article 

"Most assault demolition teams were jammed aboard 100-foot LCTs, each already carrying two tanks, a tankdozer, gear, and packs of explosives in addition to its own crew. When they arrived at the transport area, the teams were to transfer to fifty-foot LCMs to make the run to the beach. Because insufficient lift was available to carry the LCMs in the customary manner, such as on davits, LCTs towed them to the transport area"

 

The fact that the LCMs were towed to the transport area by LCT is kinda cool. 

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