The Landing Craft, Tank (Mark 6) or LCT(6), was essentially an improved and slightly longer version of the LCT(5). The LCT(6) measured 120 feet 4 inches long
overall (about 2 feet 10 inches longer than the LCT(5)) and had a beam of 32 feet (same as the LCT(5)). It’s draft when loaded was 3 feet 4 inches forward and 4
feet aft. The LCT(6) hull had a stern door, which allowed for quicker loading and unloading of vehicles and also allowed it to be used as a floating bridge for
unloading LSTs when needed. This was done by mooring the LST and LCT(6) in line. The LCT(6) also had increased living spaces. The LCT(6) had the capacity
to carry four medium or three 50-ton tanks or 150 ton of cargo. They were armed with a pair of 20mm Oerlikons fitted in tubs port and starboard approximately
amidships. The LCT(6) saw service in Europe including the Normandy and southern France invasions. Later on, they were used in the Pacific. A total of 965 craft
were built in 1943 and 1944.

Black Cat Models, 1:350 scale LCT(6) is a follow-up to their LCT(5) kit, which was also reviewed on Steel Navy (LCT(5) review). The kit is comprised of resin
and 3D printed parts, photo-etch, turned brass parts and a decal sheet. This kit also provides parts to assembly a pair of Sherman M4 tanks and a pair of M7 Priest
Howitzer motor carriages. The masters for all the resin parts were 3D printed.
The main part is the one-piece resin hull, which is nicely detailed and well done. The bulwarks on the sides of the well deck are very thin and just about translucent,
which is a testament on how well the casting is for this part. The hull has quite a bit of detail cast into, such as watertight doors, hatches, rubbing strakes and ladder
rungs among other items. The deck has some slots to fit the smaller parts into them. The hull bottom has two bits of casting plugs that need to be removed and
sanded smooth. The propeller shafts and skegs aft also have casting film that will need to be removed to open them up. Overall the casting is very well done but
there is some resin film in the bow opening and along the bottom in spots that needs to be removed. Also, there is a very minor casting imperfection on the lower
part of the starboard bow, which can be easily sanded smooth.

The other resin parts for the LCT(6) include the wheel house, bow ramp, large vent housing, winch, raft and small boat. These parts are also nicely done and cleanly
cast. The parts also have a good level of detail and come on a casting runner with thin attachment points. Some parts came off the runner but with no damage.
The smaller ship parts are all 3D printed with incredible detail and delicacy. The 3D parts come on a flat bed with raised ends to protect the parts. All of the parts
have very thin attachment points for easy removal from the bed. The 3D parts include mooring bitts, chocks, different sizes and styles of vents, anchor, anchor
guard, anchor winch, life rings, binnacle, davits, smoke generators, propellers and rudders. You also get a pair of exquisite 20mm Oerlikon guns with solid
pedestals.  

An LCT needs something to transport and you get parts for a pair of Sherman M4 tanks and a pair of M7 Priests. The parts for the armored vehicles are also a
combination of 3D printed and cast resin parts. The vehicles bodies and road wheel/tracks are the resin parts. The latter are one piece and come in left and
right-side configurations. Each side of the bodies have two round holes that correspond to the pegs on the inner side of the wheel/track parts. The casting of the
bodies is fairly clean with some resin film between the part and the casting runners. The turrets for the Shermans and the 105mm Howitzer and 0.5-inch machine
gun and tub ring are 3D printed.
The small photo-etch fret provides premeasured railings, catwalks, platforms, vent grills and other parts. Not all of the parts are to be used with the kit,
specifically parts to detail the 20mm guns, parts number 17 and the handwheels. The photo-etch looks to be well done with the catwalks having perforations and
folding points etched slightly thinner to facilitate assembly. Two turned brass parts, produced by Master Models, include a flag staff and a radio aerial. The decal
sheet has white “US” lettering and numbers for the hulls and stars in two sizes for the armored vehicles. No flags are provided, so they will need to be obtained
from another source.

The twelve-page assembly guide is nicely done with excellent illustrations showing how the various parts go together. The cover page has a very brief history of
the LCT(6) in both English and French. Pages 2 and 3 breakdown the resin, 3D printed, photo-etch, turned brass parts with each type numbered and color coded
to facilitate identification in the assembly diagrams. The assembly diagrams for the LCT run from the very bottom of page 3 to the top of page 7, with the bottom
of page 7 covering the Shermans and M7 Priests. Page 8 and 9 have the painting and decal placement guides for the LCT(6) with color references for a MS 14
scheme. Pages 10 and 11 have the painting and decal placement guides for a Pacific green MS 31/20L scheme in case you wish to build an island hopping LCT
(6). Page 12 covers the painting and decal placement for the armored vehicles. Although no specific color reference is provided, it is fairly obvious from the
illustration that it is Olive Drab.
Black Cat Models LCT(6) kit is a very detailed and fairly easy model to build model and a perfect companion to its LCT(5). Although it is technically  a full-hull
model, with its shallow draft it would not be too difficult to display it in a waterline setting. This model just screams to be placed in a diorama or vignette but it will
look good however you wish to display it. This is fine little kit of an important craft used during World War II and it is highly recommended. My thanks to
Ben Druel
for providing the sample kit.
Felix Bustelo
New York

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