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1/16 scale scratch built LVT-2 (wip)


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Manu-Military

Hi all,
This is my attempt at building from scratch an early LVT-2 as used on the Normandy beaches during D-Day.
Only the tracks as shown on the last picture while adjusting the length are 3D printed.
Thanks for looking to thoses who got lost here.

 

 

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Proud Kraut

Another terrific 1/16 modeling project, thanks for sharing! May I ask which 3D printer you are using? Looking forward to see the next steps.

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cutiger83

Looking great! I love to watch your builds.

 

...Kat

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Old Marine

That is incredible work.  But all your models are fantastic pieces of art.  Thank you for the photos.  

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BILL THE PATCH

Never knew these were used during D-Day, in normandy, Did all to beaches use them?

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Manu-Military

Thank you all for your appreciation!

 

14 hours ago, BILL THE PATCH said:

Never knew these were used during D-Day, in normandy, Did all to beaches use them?

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As far as the researchers learned, only two LVT-2 had been used on a very limited timelapse both on Omaha and Utah within the 459th amphibious truck company alon side with and mainly DUKWs.

These two LVT's are very famous here on this side of the water since and for an unknown reason they remained abandoned on Utah after the events.

They stayed here for decades before being ruined down by the elements.

Only one could have been salvaged eventhough in a very desparate state and have been through an extensive rebuilding process and is now part of the Utah Beach museum exhibits.

 

14 hours ago, bertmedals said:

 

Dennis,

This is not an LVT-2 but rather a LVT-4.

Easily recognisable by its rear ramp and armored cab.

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ArtyScout

Hey M-M, thanks for the history on the LVT-2's at Normandy. I didn't know that they were used and rightly so considering only 2 were actually used. Not like the numerous LVT's that were used in countless amphibious operations in the Pacific Theater. But this looks like another masterful project in the making.

 

Semper Fi.

 

Manny

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manayunkman

A marvelous talent.

 

How big is that thing over 30” long? 
 

Will you put figures in it?

 

Where do you display such large pieces?

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Manu-Military
10 hours ago, ArtyScout said:

Hey M-M, thanks for the history on the LVT-2's at Normandy. I didn't know that they were used and rightly so considering only 2 were actually used. Not like the numerous LVT's that were used in countless amphibious operations in the Pacific Theater. But this looks like another masterful project in the making.

 

Semper Fi.

 

Manny

 

Thank you very much for your comments!

 

IIRC, the Military thought the LVT's wouldn't have been of no use in Normandy because of the nature of the landings themselves and the landscape.

They privileged the use of LCVP instead.

The fact of using only two LVT's was more to check this theory than a real need that was brilliantly fulfilled by the DUKW.

 

9 hours ago, manayunkman said:

A marvelous talent.

 

How big is that thing over 30” long? 
 

Will you put figures in it?

 

Where do you display such large pieces?

 

  • The length is 48 cm.
  • I'm thinking of putting a GI in the cargo bay but still have to find a suitable figurine which isn't that easy in this scale as the offering in a relaxed attitude non combattant soldier is rather poor.
  • I have a room full of bookcases to store my over 800 books and finished models in showcases.

 

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manayunkman

Looking forward to the finished product.

 

Any chance of seeing pictures of how your models are displayed? 

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m1903

I would guess that the suspension parts are resin cast ?   

 

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Manu-Military

 

13 hours ago, manayunkman said:

Looking forward to the finished product.

 

Any chance of seeing pictures of how your models are displayed? 

 

Here you go mate:

  • scratch built French 1940 era Renault AMR 35, ZT1 (13,2mm),  ZT2 & ZT3 types, scratch built M8 & M10 trailers, 3D printed 75mm howitzer & 81mm mortar, scratch built M3A4 handcart, Tamiya Kubelwagen, Eduard Schwimmwagen & Xion Kettenkrad with scratch built interior.

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  • 3D printed model 81 Huffman bike (G-519), Trumpeter M16 MGMC, Tamiya M26 Pershing & a lot of room for future models.

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  • Killer Sherman M4A2 with Takom Japanese tankette type 94 (late), M4 Sherman (generic build with a lot of scratch), Abram's Thunderbolt VII M4A3 HVSS Sherman,

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  • scratch built conversion MkV based on the Verlinden's MkIV, Aoshima Harley Davidson 18F, Azimut Renault FT, scratch built Ford T ambulance (kellner body), sc ratch built MkVIII (still wip), scratch built Ford 3 ton tank, scratch built Christie T3 1931 medium tank, Verlinden M3 Stuart, spare room, Franklin Mint 1/24 scale M4A3 HVSS Sherman put on a 1/1 scale Sherman rear hull ventilator, M70 sight, M6 periscope & a 1/4 scale metal Thompson smg.

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I think you've got them all. Sorry for the over turned photos, this is the joy of internet, I still don't know how to get them right.

 

Still on the bench : 1931 Ford A staff car, LVT-2 and a looooooooot of Shermans.

 

9 hours ago, m1903 said:

I would guess that the suspension parts are resin cast ?   

 

 

You guessed it right.

As you can in the first photos, I built from scratch a master of it all and had it cast in resin by a friend of mine.

Apart the 3D tracks, everything else is built from scratch.

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cutiger83

Manu-Military,

 

WOW!!! I am speechless! Amazing models! Does it take months to complete one? Do you spend more time researching or building?

 

...Kat

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Proud Kraut

I turned the pictures for you - A fantastic display, thanks for sharing!

 

 

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manayunkman

Thanks for the pictures.

 

Great work.

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ArtyScout

Great display of models. I need to get display cases in different sizes for my dioramas.

 

Semper Fi.

 

Manny

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Manu-Military

Thanks everyone for your comments!

 

 

19 hours ago, cutiger83 said:

Manu-Military,

 

WOW!!! I am speechless! Amazing models! Does it take months to complete one? Do you spend more time researching or building?

 

...Kat

 

I'm working on it for the last four months but only 4 to 5 hours a day and yes, I spend a lot of time researching documentation.

I for instance used for this build all the available TM's and SNL's for Amtracs, did some complementary photos of the one exhibited in Saumur's tank museum, have the modeling books and drawings from David Harper and Chris Hughes walkarounds plus the usual internet finds.

 

But most of it all, what decided me to make this one is both to have found the 3D printed tracks and the right model to depict : as said, this one will be one of the two used on the Normandy beaches.

This is possible thanks to this contemporary color footage image.png.704b2dddaa236a3bd05c427fa6c2fbfa.png where it is clearly identified and the chance to have the bible: Unit Serial Numbers from the First U.S. Army Build-Up Priority Tables, D-Day +1 through D-Day +14 by Ben Major / Lois Montbertrand in which the 459th amphibious Truck company is listed.

I  have even noticed by watching it again that the LVT sports its unit markings at the rear. this can be clearly seen at 0:16 if you already know what the unit is.

 

 

here

 

17 hours ago, Proud Kraut said:

I turned the pictures for you - A fantastic display, thanks for sharing!

 

Ah! thank you for that!

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