Landing Craft Utility (LCU) Models

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The mission of the Landing Craft Utility (LCU) is to transport material, troops, and equipment to shore. The use of landing craft in amphibious assaults dates from World War II on through to the Korean Conflict. They have been adapted for many uses including salvage operations, ferry boats for vehicles and passengers, and underwater test platforms. These vessels have bow ramps for onload/offload, and can be linked bow to stern gate to create a temporary pier-like structure.  The LCU 1610, 1627 and 1646 class vessels are a self-sustaining craft complete with living accommodations for a crew of thirteen.  There are three basic designs: the LCU-1466 class, of which 142 were built, was 119 feet in LOA and 180 tons light displacement; the LCU-1610 class, of which 72 were built, was 135 feet and 200 tons; and the LCU-2001 class, of which 35 were built, was 174 feet and 575 tons.
Any service era or vessel configuration - We can build a model of them all - your pick.

We offer our Landing Craft Utility (LCU) Models in three size/scale offerings: 14.26 inches (1/96 scale), 20.25 inches (1/80 scales) and 27.0 inches (1/60 scale).  We offer these popular sizes for easy ordering and selection.  However, if you would like your model made in a size other than those sizes listed, please contact us with your request. Custom orders are our specialty!

Our models are made-to-order, meaning that we do not stock any pre-made models.  Only when a customer tells us the size and/or scale desired do we build the model. Each model is exquisitely crafted by our master model builders and comes fully assembled with a solid hull - hand carved from kiln-dried mahogany.  Other parts are made from a variety of woods, putty, resin and metals. Every model includes pedestals, a polished mahogany base board, and a name plate.  Options include keel block mounting, waterline models, ships seals and ribbons, and weathering paint schemes. Customized equipment deck loads are also available upon request.

The model build time is generally 24 weeks from receipt of the order and deposit. The normal procedure is a 50% deposit with the commissioning, with the balance due prior to shipping.  Note that prior to shipping, we take a series of photos of the model and send them to you for final review and approval – so you know exactly what your model will look like and allow for any necessary modifications. Once you have approved your model, we’ll collect the final balance and she will be shipped in a robust shipping crate and insured for your protection.

FREE SHIPPING in the USA - Note that our model prices include shipping and insurance within the USA.

Shipping costs outside the USA will depend on the model size ordered and shipping destination. You will be responsible for any applicable taxes or duties, based on the commercial invoice value for the model.

Add a museum-like touch to your model display - Consider our protective display case option. Keep fingers and dust away - forever!  Please visit our Display Case page to see our selection.

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