The Landing Craft Personnel (Large) or LCP(L) was a landing craft used extensively in amphibious assaults during the Second World War. Their
primary purpose was to ferry troops from transports to beaches as part of an invasion. The craft was produced by Higgins Industries of New
Orleans, Louisiana and based on a prototype designed by the Higgins owned Eureka Tug-Boat Company. Initially manufacturing was done in boatyards
in the New Orleans area but as demand grew they were produced in other yards in the United States. These shallow draft boats were constructed
using pine planks and plywood with some armor plating. They were manned by a crew of three, comprised two gunners and the coxswain, and could
carry 36 infantry men to shore. To exit the boat once ashore, the soldiers would have to jump or climb down from the bow or sides.

The Landing Craft, Personnel (Ramped) or LCP(R) was an enhanced design, developed during 1941 by Andrew Higgins, which addressed the biggest
issue with the LCP(L), namely disembarking over the sides. The new design retained the dimensions and general layout of the LCP(L) but added a
bow ramp for easier and faster discharge of soldiers. The bow ramp concept came from the Japanese Daihatsu-class ramped landing craft.
SSN-Modellbau of Germany has released a kit for each type of LCP. They are sold separately and each bagged kit provides parts to build one craft.
These offerings are a very simple affair: full resin hull, a small photo-etch fret and assembly instructions. The hull casting for each is well done, though
side of my LCP(R) sample is a bit uneven and needs to be sanded smooth. These were not complicated craft yet there is a nice level of detail in the
castings. The photoetch fret is identical for each kit though one is labeled for the LCP(L) and the other for the LCP(R). Each fret provides the
keel/rudder, parts for the bow ramp (obviously not used with the LCP(L)), a pair of propellers and helm wheels (only one of each is needed) and a pair
of .50 caliber guns and shields. Each part is identified with a number etched in to the fret.

Each kit comes with a four-page assembly guide which is well done. The cover page has a color photo of a completed model. Page 2 has an image of
the photo-etch with a table below identifying what each part is. Page 3 has two colors photos of the model with parts in place and tagged with a part
number. Each photo has caption with instructions for each step. The last page has some painting instructions and general tips and warnings.
These kits can be built full-hull and displayed as such or since they have very shallow draught, can easily be used in a diorama setting without affixing
the running gear parts. My thanks to
SSN Modellbau for the review samples.
Felix Bustelo
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