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Old Dec 22, 2004, 11:49 AM
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Plastic R/C: LCM-3

I'm a proponent of r/c-ing plastic model ships. Not only is it a quick and inexpensive way to get into scale r/c ship modeling, it's a challenge unto itself, due to the dinky sizes involved.
I have a few examples at my web site, but here's a new one- the Trumpeter 1:35 LCM-3 landing craft:
http://www.geocities.com/patsmodels/lcm3/

A fun and not too difficult build. I think I put more modeling time into the half track!

Pat M
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Old Dec 22, 2004, 12:29 PM
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That is a really tight space to work in. Nice job.

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what, you expected me to make an operating ramp?
Why Yes we did...
http://umi_ryuzuki.tripod.com/models...tures/id3.html

I know you can get 1/35th scale model armor with electric motors

Awsome job, too bad it is too cold to get some pictures of it running.
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Old Dec 23, 2004, 11:04 AM
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My LCM is powered by two servos. One of the problems I had was connecting the stubby 1.5mm servo-motor shafts to the prop shafts. I used heat shrink tube, but I was forwarded a tip that Northwest Shortlines has a line of plastic u-joints, including some that will press onto 1.5mm shafts. See the literature at:
http://www.nwsl.com/Catalog/cat-UJoint.pdf

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Old Dec 23, 2004, 12:17 PM
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Well, what I was thinking, was that you could get a motorized tank model with twin motors, and drive it off the boat. Of course that means making the ramp operational.
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Old Apr 15, 2005, 06:51 PM
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Pat's LCM-3 gets wet

Finally took the 1:35 Trumpeter LCM-3 outside for a swim. The servo power was hardly a match for a 10mph breeze acting on all that sail area! She could hold her place into the wind, but sideways she'd take off like a kite. Good steerage on the downwind run though, and handled just fine when I got into the leeward side of the pond's bank.
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Old Apr 15, 2005, 10:33 PM
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Umi, what prototype and era does your interesting LST represent? It's a really neat looking boat and its operational capabilities are very impressive. And by the way, thanks for all the research that you do for everyone.
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Old Apr 15, 2005, 11:41 PM
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Umi, what prototype and era does your interesting LST represent? It's a really neat looking boat and its operational capabilities are very impressive. And by the way, thanks for all the research that you do for everyone.
Bill
The LST is a WWII T103 Japanese Fast transport. They were designed to be built from plate steel, so that any ship yard could produce them. They were also designed so that they could transit the longest distance between any Islands at night, on the shortest night of the year. The ships were designed to utilize a gas turbine for power, but the first two used deisel engines as the turbines were not ready. They did not meet the design speed, and all subsequent ships were outfitted with the turbine.

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Old Apr 16, 2005, 02:36 AM
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Very realistic modeling there, Pat, especially in such a relatively diminutive size. You can almost imagine the crewmen keeping a sharp eye out for the Robbe 1/40th scale E-boat that's rumored to be prowling in the area!
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Old Nov 22, 2005, 12:15 PM
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I think Umi was chiding me about not having an operating ramp on my LCM-3. Well, check this one out (last image):
http://www.modelshipgallery.com/gall.../rc-index.html



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