LSM 161 was the last one to see commissioned service in the US Navy and was stricken from the records on 1 June 1965. Following WWII 129 were transferred to the navies of twenty five different countries. Some remain on active duty in Greece, Korea and Taiwan and maybe Communist China.
Some remain in use by private industry in the USA including two on the west coast - the salvage ship SALVAGE CHIEF (formerly LSM380) and the first factory ship WESTERN SEA (formally USS PEE DEE RIVER - LSMR 517). Eighty nine LSMs and eighteen LSMRs were converted to barges some of which are still in use. Note that in October 1955 seven LSMs that were on active duty and all the 401 and 501 class LSMRs were assigned names.
The LSMRs were named after minor US rivers.
Details of the kit:
The fibreglass hull in this kit is with full rubbing strip and port detail.
Computer generated printed plastic forms the main tank deck and basic superstucture along with the 1mm plastic deck.
To complete the construction of the model all complex parts are vacformed in 1mm plastic for bridge, boat, motor mounting and nicads tray etc.
A complete set of fittings are included in the kit with all detail parts such as weapons, deck fittings, etc, cast in light alloy.
Larger item such as lockers, floats, and gun bases are moulded in plastic castings for light weight.
Ladders and stanchions are also in etched brass to give a final showcase finish.
Propshafts in stainless steel are cased in brass proptubes with fitted oilers and replaceable bearings along with rudders and tiller arms.
These, together with a comprehensive instruction book and a FULL SIZE PLAN assist in the assembly of this impressive model.
A colour chart, plus a set of decals, are included in the kit to add the finishing touch to this kit model as a worthy and much requested addition to our warship range.
Scale 1/72 Length 910mm Beam 150mm Sailing weight 2.0kgs
Price: £287.26 (Including VAT at 20%) Quantity: