“See you on the beach!”
Something I have always wanted to do is a D-Day US Navy LCM (Landing Craft Mechanized) but have always been worried about doing sea water. But when my local club said the group build was D-Day theme then it was time to conquer my ‘fear of the water’ so to speak.
I decided 1/35th was going to be too big so went with 1/48th (which is still big for my limited display space). I purchased the Trumpeter LCM and Tamiya Sherman. I also got the Verlinden tank crew – no problems so far. Then I wanted a crew for the LCM... problem, no one does a 1/48 LCM crew that I could find until I stumbled across a company that does 3D printing of figures called Shapeways so thought I’d give them a try. I wasnt sure what quality I was going to get but they are very good and even have detailed faces. Im pretty happy with result, 90% happy with water, but it shows the result I wanted so I’m happy with that. I think the hardest part was exercising restraint and not doing too much weathering on the tank as a lot of tanks used on the day were new or only had a few hours use in training under their belts before being deployed to Normandy.
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