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 Post subject: LCI(G)-449, 1/160 scale
PostPosted: Sat Aug 18, 2018 3:34 pm 
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Conversion from the Lindberg LCI to represent LCI(G)-449 at Iwo Jima on 2-17-45. LCI(G)s were modified from LCIs to provide fire support to the troops landing during the Pacific Invasions when the heavy offshore bombardment lifted. On 2-17-45, LCI(G)-449 and her flotilla were supporting UDT teams that were conducting beach recon prior to the invasion at Iwo Jima. The flotilla was hit by heavy, accurate shore guns and artillery since the defending Japanese thought that they were repelling the invasion rather than a recon mission. The ship sustained several hits, killing or injuring a large portion of the crew. The commanding officer, Rufus Herring, was awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions that day. The story of the ship is told in the book "Heart of Hell" by Mitch Weiss. Photos of the ship were also shared by the researcher behind the book, Dennis Blocker, the grandson of one of the survivors of the ship at Iwo Jima.

The basic hull of the Lindberg kit was retained, but the bow was filed and sanded to better match the shape of the appropriate class of LCIs. Other hull modifications were made following the posts that Mr. McKay has made on this forum. Conn, gun tubs, mast, stair superstructures, anchor, anchor winch, smoke generator, and 0.50 caliber machine guns all scratch built. 20mm mounts, 40mm mounts, ready service lockers, life rings, fire hoses, doors, and figures from Shapeways. Gold Medal Models N scale industrial stairways and ladders, and Saemann photoetch stanchions used. Rocket launchers scratch built using evergreen C Channel and N scale photoetch farm gates.


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PostPosted: Sun Aug 19, 2018 1:04 pm 
Looks good! Great job.


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PostPosted: Thu Aug 23, 2018 9:22 pm 
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Thanks!


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PostPosted: Sat Sep 01, 2018 9:11 am 
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Wow- that is a really fine project with some great craftsmanship! Great subject too!

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PostPosted: Sun Sep 02, 2018 10:02 am 
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Very sharp build my friend :thumbs_up_1:


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PostPosted: Mon Sep 03, 2018 9:41 pm 
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Thanks for the comments!


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 09, 2018 9:06 pm 
Great job. Good to see an old classic detailed or converted


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PostPosted: Sun Oct 14, 2018 12:17 am 
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David,

It has been an awfully long time since I've been on here, but I am glad to see that you posted some photos of your project at long last! She's a beauty! :thumbs_up_1: :thumbs_up_1: :thumbs_up_1: I have to echo the others who've posted on here their compliments for turning out a first-rate model from that terrible old Lindberg kit.

I just stumbled across your post; did you post any in-progress photos?

Once again, great job! I love it!

John :wave_1:


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John,
Glad to here from you again! Was wondering when the amphib jedi master would return to the forum! Thank you for the compliments-I depended heavily on your build articles on the Lindberg conversions that you built. I progress photos? No, it took me too many months to figure out how to post any photos other than from a cellphone and I still messed that up when I uploaded my finished photos-but failed to get them in the right place on the website! I think the only ones that I posted were on your build thread when I was reshaping the bow with files and sandpaper.

Just finishing up my conversion of the Lindberg LCT/LCU to a Mark 6 LCT. Posted some in progress photos of it back on D-Day and will post some more when I finish it up. I think that 3 conversions of old Lindberg kits is enough for quite awhile! I still have another LCI kit and the LSD in the stash-but think that I will switch to something else for the next build. Might go for an out of the box build and build the Revell LSM or might do an APD conversion from the old Revell 4 stacker.

Good to hear from you again!
Dave


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PostPosted: Sun Oct 14, 2018 9:40 pm 
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Dave,

So I'm the amphib jedi master? Does that make you a Padawan? :big_grin: I'm glad I played some small part in the construction of your beautiful resurrection of the Lindberg kit!

I got sidetracked on other projects for a lot longer than I would've liked and will be returning to resume work on my adaptions of the Lindberg LCI kit, so look for something soon.

I took a look at your LCT project; damn fine work. :thumbs_up_1:

Speaking of the Revell LSM, I am planning to build up a late war LSM for a friend of mine, who served aboard the 311. I've accumulated extra parts from both of Revell's kits, the early LSM and the postwar LSM, and will be using them to assemble a model of the 311. I'll post something about that soon and will be looking forward to comparing notes with you on your Revell LSM project, too!

John :wave_1:


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PostPosted: Sun Oct 28, 2018 10:04 pm 
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Looking forward to your build of the LSM. Thought that I would take the easy way and build a combat veteran LSM with the two 20mm tubs on the bow out of the box. Have found only one or two ships with this arrangement in landing photos on Navsource. Seems like a lot were built with that arrangement, but were converted to the 40mm gun tub before they reached the South Pacific. So much for an out of the box build!

Will work on getting completed photos of my LCT on the forum sometime this week.

Dave


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