|The Landing Craft Assault (LCA) was the most common British and Commonwealth landing craft of World War II. The LCA was based on a prototype designed by
John I. Thornycroft Ltd. They were sturdy vessels, constructed with hardwood planking and lightly armored, and could carry 31 soldiers and a crew of four. The
LCA's low silhouette, shallow draft, and relatively quiet engines added to craft’s suitability as a sea assault transport. During the war they were manufactured
throughout the United Kingdom in small boatyards and even in some furniture manufacturers. Throughout World War II, LCAs were used for landing Allied forces in
almost every operation in the European theatre as well as North Africa and the Indian Ocean. On D-Day, LCAs were used to land troops at Juno, Gold, and Sword
Beaches. LCAs were also used to land the US infantry on either flank of Omaha Beach, the westernmost section of Utah Beach and the Rangers who assaulted Pointe
du Hoc. Approximately 2,000 LCAs were constructed during the War.
The Kit -The LCA is the latest release in L’Arsenal’s line of 1/350 scale accessories. This set comes with four hulls and a fret of photo-etch parts packaged in a small
box. The hulls are well cast and detailed, including rudders and grab ropes on each side. Each hull is attached to a casting runner with single attachment point and some
resin film holding it to the runner. One hull broke off its runner and as you can see, a little bit of clean-up is needed is you are not planning to use these in a seascape.
There are shallow slots in the hull bottom to accommodate the photo-etch skegs. The photo-etch parts include the armored doors, propellers and propeller skegs. There
is some relief etching on the doors and you are provided enough parts to build six LCAs, so you have some extras in case you lose or mangle a particular part. To use
the photo-etch armored doors, you will have to remove the resin wall that is blocking their location. In my opinion, it would have been nice to have the ramps done in
photo-etch so that you would have the option of modeling them down in a beach landing scene. However, you could carefully remove the resin from the hull and glue
them into the proper position. The assembly instructions contain a keyed diagram of the photo-etch parts and their locations on the LCA from various vantage points.
This is a very simple build and the instructions are more than adequate.