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Offline LemonJello

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Combat Craft, Air Cushion USMC
« on: February 05, 2019, 09:41:58 AM »
I'm in the early design stages with this one.  Photos to follow once I have something to show.

Base kit is the Trumpeter 1/144 LCAC (JMSDF version).  It's getting scaled up to 1/35.  I plan to use many of the original parts to detail the sheet styrene superstructure.

Armament will be a remote weapons station and some TOW launchers taken from a 1/35 AH-1W. 

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Re: Combat Craft, Air Cushion USMC
« Reply #1 on: February 05, 2019, 11:58:31 AM »
Large scale change.  Concept sounds sound !

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Re: Combat Craft, Air Cushion USMC
« Reply #2 on: February 05, 2019, 12:36:51 PM »
Sounds like the PGAC from Seafighter by James Cobb.

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Re: Combat Craft, Air Cushion USMC
« Reply #3 on: February 06, 2019, 05:06:16 AM »
It's gonna take a bit for this lily-livered civilian to parse all that alphabet soup but I'm right pleased you're joining in the fun, Mr Jello!

Your models are always an inspiration!

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Re: Combat Craft, Air Cushion USMC
« Reply #4 on: February 06, 2019, 09:13:45 PM »
The SLB Heavy Industries spies will be watching ...... :icon_ninja: :icon_ninja:
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Re: Combat Craft, Air Cushion USMC
« Reply #5 on: February 07, 2019, 02:58:05 AM »
How are you going to deal with the shallow skirt? I looked at doing something similar
but the skirt just doesn't scale, it needs to be three to four times deeper to look right.
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Re: Combat Craft, Air Cushion USMC
« Reply #6 on: February 07, 2019, 03:30:44 AM »
How are you going to deal with the shallow skirt? I looked at doing something similar
but the skirt just doesn't scale, it needs to be three to four times deeper to look right.

I remember you mentioning that previously. It was the first thing that struck me when I started perusing the sprues.  That, and the fans may be woefully small for the primary engines when I scale this up.

My first inclination it to just say "to heck with it, it's shown deflated" but I've also considered trying to make something more convincing...suggestions are most welcome.

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Re: Combat Craft, Air Cushion USMC
« Reply #7 on: February 07, 2019, 03:35:40 AM »
Use the 1/72 kit of it instead maybe ?

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Re: Combat Craft, Air Cushion USMC
« Reply #8 on: February 07, 2019, 03:41:43 AM »
Use the 1/72 kit of it instead maybe ?

That may be a future project.  I figured I'd start with the 1/144th one and see what the possibilities are before committing to the larger scale.

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Re: Combat Craft, Air Cushion USMC
« Reply #9 on: February 07, 2019, 09:49:56 AM »
Suitable rubber or soft plastic tubing might be useful.

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Re: Combat Craft, Air Cushion USMC
« Reply #10 on: February 07, 2019, 09:52:33 PM »
You could try up-scaling only up to 1/48. ???
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Re: Combat Craft, Air Cushion USMC
« Reply #11 on: February 08, 2019, 07:59:36 AM »
Even to 1/48th it looks funny, the 1/72 to 1/48th would probably work pretty well.

I've been kicking around going the other way, in 1/350 you'd have an ACV a little over 213'
in length. Which is a bit larger than the 58m (191'), 1,000 ton ACV 1 Point Design studied
in the ANVCE (Advanced Naval Vehicles Concepts Evaluation) Project of 1976 - 1979.
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Re: Combat Craft, Air Cushion USMC
« Reply #12 on: February 08, 2019, 11:29:49 AM »
Going to 1/350 might work - the Russian Zubrclass is 187 feet long.

In 1/35, it's going to be 21 feet long. Something like the 6.5m Wildfire
or the Kaiman-10 (a little longer):



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Re: Combat Craft, Air Cushion USMC
« Reply #13 on: February 08, 2019, 09:55:21 PM »
I'm sticking with 1/35 for this one as I envisioned it as, at most, a 2 or 3 person vehicle used as an escort for the LCACs and AAVs on the trip to the beach, with the ancillary duty of harbor interdiction and ARG protection while at anchor.  My (future) 1/72 scale-up to 1/35 will be the heavier Assault Craft, Air Cushion.

Now to actually get something done with my card stock templates and post some photos...


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Re: Combat Craft, Air Cushion USMC
« Reply #14 on: February 09, 2019, 03:32:33 AM »
For the skirt - how about a 1/2" - 3/4" dia. tube cut in half or 3/4 leaving a "C" cross section. Then drape an old t-shirt over it and give it a very thick coating of primer?