WWII-era small boat kit help

Hi all,

I’m not typically a boat/ship builder, however, I am in the process of building a small (A4 footprint) braille scale quayside diorama for a ‘railway’ group build and have been looking for a suitable vessel to sit on a small element of water, the dark brown area in the picture below.

And a few close-up images for those that might be interested, :slightly_smiling_face:.

There will be a small shunting locomotive and a couple of planked wagons, and various figures dotted about.

However, it was a bit of a struggle (for me, at least, :thinking: :roll_eyes:) finding a small enough vessel for a WW2 period quayside, but I have finally settled on the Armageddon/Mach British L.C.A. (see box art below).

The few reviews I could find suggest that it’s not the best kit in the world, and a tad light on detail, so I would like to try and spruce it up within the boundaries of my limited modelling skills. I was therefor wondering if anyone can help me, or direct me to where there might be detailed drawings of the vessel?

Any, and all help would be greatly appreciated, :slightly_smiling_face:.

Cheers, :beer:,


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How about these?

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Thanks for the link Israel, they would be great, however, they’re 1/35th scale and, unfortunately, my diorama is only 1/72nd.

But thanks for taking the time to offer suggestions, it’s much appreciated, :+1: :slightly_smiling_face:.

G :beer:

Oops, sorry, I’ve missed that…

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Did you consider Trumpeters I772-scale LCM?
It would be approximately 2 cm longer so maybe it is too long?

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How about the Airfix 1/72 LCVP?


I’ve got one somewhere and it looks a good little kit.

Fantastic work on the diorama. That paint work and weathering is very nicely done!

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Thanks Israel, Carol Moran looks nice, but beyond my pocket money, unfortunately, :disappointed:, especially with any cost that might be involved shipping to the UK. Though the Lindberg kit isn’t too expensive in the UK, but too large for this project, though one to keep in mind for the future, :thinking: :slightly_smiling_face:.

Thanks again for your help, :+1: :slightly_smiling_face:.

G :beer:

Thanks for the L.C.M. suggestion Robin :+1: :slightly_smiling_face:, it’s one thing I did look at but, as you’ve guessed, it’s too long and wide for this diorama. Unfortunately, due to bad planning aforethought, I’ve modelled my way into a corner regarding the size of the vessel I can squeeze in, :sweat: :roll_eyes:.

But the L.C.M. isn’t off the cards as I want to try a small 1/72nd D-Day diorama in the near future, :thinking:.

G :beer:

Thanks for the suggestion of the L.C.V.P. Stephen, :+1: :slightly_smiling_face:, that was going to be my fall-back option, the only hesitancy I had was to whether they would have been operated around the UK in the early years of WW2. Not knowing for sure led me down the L.C.A. route, plus it’s a tad more unusual in a diorama.

Thank you also for the kind words on the build thus far, they’re much appreciated, :+1: :slightly_smiling_face:.

G :beer:

This site has good drawings and lots of reference pics.

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Thanks for the link Gino, much appreciated, :+1: :slightly_smiling_face:. That image of an L.C.A. being driven into the water on the back of, what looks like, a Sherman would make for an interesting modelling project, :thinking: :slightly_smiling_face:.

G :beer:

Here’s a well detailed, inexpensive option to fit the limited space you have:


These could also work:


Thanks for the links Israel, I will look to purchase the rowing boats as they will make some nice quayside clutter, :+1: :roll_eyes:.

G :beer: