This is my first submission to SteelNavy, and I can't believe it's going to be of a Lindberg model, but darn it this was fun! Here you see the motorized Lindberg 1/250 LST that I built for my 2 year old son to play with at the pool and local park. Now, the Lindberg company was never, ever known for making detailed or even accurate models, but in this case that works out great, because the plastic that this model is made of is almost as thick as the steel used to make the real thing! I figured a kit like this would be almost kid-proof. I replaced some of the more fragile parts on the boat with thin brass rod, as seen in one of the pictures below. The prop guards and mast are now brass rod and epoxied through-the-plastic in drilled holes, so they are as secure as I can make them. There are also railings to attach along the side of the hull, but I haven't quite gotten there yet. Not sure if they are necessary really in this instance. Paint scheme is a USN Measure 21. Haven't gotten around to doing hull numbers or the "white diamond" marking yet. I kept weathering to a bare minimum on this one.

The LST is significant for me because my dad (S/Sgt. Robert A. Hill) was ferried across the Atlantic in one during WWII on his way to England and then Normandy. His strongest memory of the voyage was the near constant seasickness everyone experienced. The flat bottom and shallow draft of the LST, necessary for beach landings, unfortunately made it a very poor blue-water vessel. Like I said, the model is motorized, and I elected to use a detachable Tamiya submersible motor mounted via suction cup to the bottom of the hull. That was the easiest solution in this case, and solved a bunch of problems...including the fact that I could find any suitable propellers for a small model like this. Also, it allowed me to completely seal the hull and not worry about accessing batteries through the deck, etc. I wasn't sure how rough my boy would be with his boat, so I wanted it super-seaworthy. Another plus is that I can now easily detach the motor and display the boat in his room if desired. The Tamiya motor unit is just visible in the photographs, and it provides more than enough horsepower. Real LST's managed about 15 knots. Mine does probably double that in 1/250 scale :-) The motor is not running in the pictures by the way. The photography was easier for my lousy digital camera if she just stayed put for awhile. Please keep in mind this is more "toy boat" than "scale model". There isn't much detail on this model LST, but being the former USN Boatswain's Mate that I am, I couldn't resist putting a few mooring lines out on deck...all faked out like she's getting ready to pull into port. It looks like these sailors will be drinking a pint or two in Portsmouth, England before the night is out. :-) A fun project, and a low-stress one to boot.

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Glenn Hill
Cary, North Carolina

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