Etranger floats his boat!

Etranger floats his boat!

Postby etranger » 30 Apr 2009

The first elements of a Dinassaut Naval Commando Unit. The real thing looked like these photos & I wanted to capture something of the jerrybuilt look that these vessels had.

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LCM3

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LCA

Photos from http://indochine54.free.fr/index.html

I built 2 LCM3 & one LCA. The LCMs come from Battlefield Accessories http://www.battlefieldaccessories.com.au/ & the LCA is the alas LOOP Battlefront model.

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2 pieces, neatly cast in white resin with minimal cleanup needed. Its a 'wargaming' model, with some compromises in eg the detail on the front ramp but dimenisonally it scales out accurately & perhaps most importantly it looks like an LCM3.

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Some additions were made. Here the supports for the canopies are fitted.

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Side sheeting (thin armoured plate in reality) was added around the wheelhouse/quarter deck area. On the real vessel there was some standardisation but also much variation between craft.

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0.50 cal MGs added, from Peter Pig.

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The basic model, complete except for the canopies themselves.

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Ready for painting
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Re: Etranger floats his boat!

Postby etranger » 30 Apr 2009

The finished LCM3s

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There are some minor differences in fittings, one carrys a 20mm Oerlikon gun on the rear deck. Some of the 'short LCMs' (LCM3 & LCM6) used by the French in Indochina carried this gun in that position but the French didn't distinguish between the two vessels. I haven't found a photograph of an LCM3 carrying this gun but good photos of the rear of the craft are at a premium it would seem.

The gun itself comes from the John L Haynes range of shipfittings https://www.johnrhaynes.com/index.html & this is a lovely white metal casting with wonderful detail, as good as any I've seen. It also comes with etched brass for sights & shield but I've left the latter off. Although it's a fraction too big at 1/96 it was the only Oerlikon I could find anywhere near 1/100, apart from the far cruder versions on the Battlefront 15cwt AA vehicles.

The LCA.
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Fitted with a similar canopy to the LCMs for protection from the weather & from grenades. Standard armament fit was 2 0.30 MGS & an 0.50 at the rear. This model lacks the latter. This is a beautiful moulding & it's a great shame that BF discontinued it.

Some pictures of the vessels in action. Sadly I didn't have any 'river' terrain sections available so they're sailing on very weed choked waterways!

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I've got no idea if the French Navy allowed its officers to grow beards, but more or less anything went in Indochina anyway!
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Re: Etranger floats his boat!

Postby Richard B. » 30 Apr 2009

Superb Huw :good:

Attention to detail and an obvious labour of love :clapping: :clapping:
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Re: Etranger floats his boat!

Postby fscunha » 30 Apr 2009

:clapping: :clapping: :clapping:
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This is a fantastic entry. with great detail at such a scale.
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Re: Etranger floats his boat!

Postby Michi » 30 Apr 2009

Top level of detailing and weathering! :wave:
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Re: Etranger floats his boat!

Postby DonFabrizio » 30 Apr 2009

awsome! Love your Indochina project. :thumbsup:
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Re: Etranger floats his boat!

Postby jpmad2 » 30 Apr 2009

:thumbsup: one of my favourites so far

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Re: Etranger floats his boat!

Postby mausmann » 30 Apr 2009

Very nice indeed, love the rust............ :thumbsup:
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Re: Etranger floats his boat!

Postby kingscarbine » 30 Apr 2009

Extremely... :good: ! I've got to do mine in 1/72 scale when time allows.
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Re: Etranger floats his boat!

Postby Piers » 30 Apr 2009

:clapping: :clapping: :clapping: :clapping: :clapping: :clapping:
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Postby Bob_Mackenzie » 30 Apr 2009

They are very characterful. I think you need some watr to float them on though :grin:
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Re: Etranger floats his boat!

Postby jaeger » 30 Apr 2009

Very nice!!

Well done étranger!! :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

Reminds me of a book called "Un strapontin pour l'enfer" where the author describes (among other things) his experiences in Indo on such a boat!

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Re: Etranger floats his boat!

Postby ArisKosionidis » 30 Apr 2009

Beautiful work! Lovely "feel" to the canvas, and nicely balanced weathering.
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Postby Janick » 30 Apr 2009

Those look fantastic! Awesome work. :clapping: :clapping: :clapping:
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Postby rowdy75 » 01 May 2009

Top work. very well done
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Postby dadlamassu » 01 May 2009

Excellent!

Did the Oerlikon come with the model? If not where did you get it?
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Re: Etranger floats his boat!

Postby etranger » 02 May 2009

dadlamassu wrote:Excellent!

Did the Oerlikon come with the model? If not where did you get it?



The gun itself comes from the John L Haynes range of shipfittings ( https://www.johnrhaynes.com/index.html ) & this is a lovely white metal casting with wonderful detail, as good as any I've seen. It also comes with etched brass for sights & shield but I've left the latter off. Although it's a fraction too big at 1/96 it was the only Oerlikon I could find anywhere near 1/100, apart from the far cruder versions on the Battlefront 15cwt AA vehicles.

You're looking for a 20mm version IIRC? These would probably do nicely as they're a fairly sizable piece of kit. They do come attached to a naval mounting which you'd need to cut off for the SPAA mounting.


Thanks for the kind comments gentlemen.
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Re: Etranger floats his boat!

Postby dadlamassu » 02 May 2009

Thanks, I see they have two 1/72 versions in the USN section.

And the guns are separate from the mounting!

Thanks again.
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Re: Etranger floats his boat!

Postby Jezamonos » 04 May 2009

They look really nice. A lot of effort has gone into them.
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