The Landing Craft, Vehicle, Personnel (LCVP) or Higgins boat was a landing craft used extensively in amphibious landings in World War II. The design on the LCVP is credited to Mr. Andrew Higgins of Higgins Industries, Inc., New Orleans. Generally constructed from plywood, the LCVP could ferry a platoon-sized complement of 36 troops (or a 3-ton truck, or 8,100 lbs of cargo) to shore at 9 knots. Armored, with 2 machine guns in ring mountings aft, and the LCVP was conned from a position on the port quarter, forward of the engine compartment. On transports the LCVP could be carried on deck or in single to three-tier davits , the LCVP could be launched when loaded, but only from appropriate davits. Between 1942 and 1945, some 23,358 LCVPs were built.
Any service era or vessel configuration - We can build a model of them all - your pick.
We offer our Landing Craft Vehicle Personnel (LCVP) Models in three size/scale offerings: 14.0 inches (1/32 scale), 18.0 inches (1/24 scale) and 27 inches (1/16 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. The models come with working doors and we offer optional equipment loads upon 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. As appropriate to the vessel and service era specified, scale aircraft with appropriate air wings, flagging and assorted deck machines are included.
The model build time is generally 16-20 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.
We offer a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee: In the unlikely event you are not completely satisfied with your model and wish to return it, notify us within 7 days of the model delivery and we will issue a refund or exchange.
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.
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