Landing Platform Helicopter (LPH) Models

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The Landing Platform, Helicopter (LPH) had its beginning during WW 2 when smaller escort carriers were built to augment fleet aircraft carrier duties.  During the Korean War helicopters proved their worth in “vertical operations” in deploying US Marines to combat zones from LPH platforms.  No longer would the vulnerable landing craft used in WW 2 actions be used to transport troops. A total of 1,000-2000 US Marines are on board the LPH, depending on the mission.The LPH classification is used by the United States Navy for the amphibious assault ships of the Iwo Jima class and three converted Essex class aircraft carriers.  The Royal Navy also used the term "Commando Carrier" which it applied to aircraft carriers converted to helicopter only operations.

United States Navy
USS Block Island (LPH-1) (ex CVE-106)
USS Iwo Jima (LPH-2)
USS Okinawa (LPH-3)
USS Boxer (LPH-4) (ex CV-21)
USS Princeton (LPH-5) (ex CV-37)
USS Thetis Bay (LPH-6) (ex CVE-90, ex CVHA-1)
USS Guadalcanal (LPH-7)
USS Valley Forge (LPH-8) (ex CV-45)
USS Guam (LPH-9)
USS Tripoli (LPH-10)
USS New Orleans (LPH-11)
USS Inchon (LPH-12)

Royal Navy "Commando Carriers and "Amphibious Helicopter Carrier"s
HMS Ocean (R68)
HMS Theseus (R64)
HMS Albion (R07)
HMS Bulwark (R08)
HMS Hermes (R12)
HMS Ocean (L12)[1]
HMS Illustrious (R06)

Any service era or vessel configuration - We can build a model of them all - your pick.

We offer our Landing Platform Helicopter (LPH) Models in several size/scale offerings: 12 inches, 20.29 inches (1/350 scale), 35.5 inches (1/200 scale), and 47.34 inches (1/150 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. 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.

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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