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US Navy LST-491 is a "custom model, no load" 6-davit version


US Navy LST-792 is a "custom model with LCT"
 


Royal Navy LST-326 is a "custom model with custom load"
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Other interesting LSTs we replicated


US Navy LST-337 with experimental flight deck
(Price is as per LST custom model, with custom load)


US Navy LST-776 with Brodie Device to recover aircraft and catapult equipped to launch aircraft
(Price is as per LST custom model, with custom load)

 

 

 


Boxer Class LST
(X)

 



US Navy LST, Type 2
LST-1 Class (390 vessels, LST-1 to LST-490)
(W)
LST-491 Class (50 vessels, LST-491 to LST-541)
(FD)
LST-542 Class (612 vessels), LST-542 to LST-1152
(H)

 

 

 

 


 



 

 

 

 


British copy of US Navy Type 2 LST (Type 3)
(X)

 

 



LST-1156 to LST-1170 Terrebonne Parish Class
(FD, W)



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LST-1171 to LST-1177 DeSoto County Class
(FD)

 


LST-1179 to LST-1198 Newport Class
(H)

Comparison of various LST types

LST Types Deployed Length Displaced Speed
Maracibo Class 1942 varied varied -
Boxer Class 1943   2,800 tons 17 knt
American LST, Type 2 1944 328' 3,800 tons 8 knt
British copy of USN LST 1945 328' 3,800 tons 10 knt
Terrebonne Parish Class 1952 384' 2,590 tons 14 knt
Desoto County Class 1957 445' 3,560 tons 17 knt
Newport Class 1969 561' 8,500 tons 20 knt
WWII Type 2 LST - custom model, no load
- either 2-davit or 6-davit version -

Scale 1:192 / 21"
Price: $1599

1/3 deposit $533

Scale 1:144 / 28"
Price: $1899

1/3 deposit $633

Scale 1:108 / 37"
Price: $2199

1/3 deposit $733

LST-491  is shown with no load but being a custom model it has the six LCVPs the ship actually carried (instead of the more usual two) at no extra charge.


Prices include free world-wide shipping

Personalized brass plate included for all models

 

Type 2 LST - custom model, with LCT
Includes either a Mark 5 or a Mark 6 LCT
Replicated as per your hull number

Scale 1:192 / 21"
Price: $1899

1/3 deposit $633

Scale 1:144 / 28"
Price: $2337

1/3 deposit $779

Scale 1:108 / 37"
Price: $2799

1/3 deposit $933

LST-792 is replicated carrying a Mark 6 LCT
Note: All LSTs have moveable bow doors and ramp

Fully assembled museum quality wooden desk-top display models custom built as to your designated circa including flagging and personalized brass plate.

Type 2 LST - custom model, with custom load
Example shown is a Type 2 LST with British ensign.
While equipped with 6 LCVPs (no charge) it is carrying a custom load of about 40 various trucks, different trailers and a Churchill tank.
(Custom load is limited to what fits on the main deck)

Scale 1:192 / 21"
Price: $2097

1/3 deposit $699

Scale 1:144 / 28"
Price: $2547

1/3 deposit $849

Scale 1:108 / 37"
Price: $2997

1/3 deposit $999

We'll contact you after ordering.

 

Any other class of LST, custom model - no load
(not shown)
Includes Maracibo, Boxer, Terrebonne Parish, DeSoto County and Newport Classes

model ~21"
Price: $1899

1/3 deposit $633

model ~28"
Price: $2199

1/3 deposit $733

model ~36"
Price: $2499

1/3 deposit $833

We'll contact you for details after ordering.

The "Landing Ship, Tank" or LST was an ocean-going flat bottomed ship that could be run up onto a beach, unload tanks and vehicles to support an amphibious assault, and then retract itself..  To give stability at sea, the ship could flood her very large bilges to provide extra ballast. Approaching a beach, the water was pumped out to allow the ship to ride higher and an anchor was dropped while letting the anchor cable spool out. Once beached, the cargo was unloaded and the ship - so lightened - could usually be pulled off the beach using the anchor provided the operation was done swiftly enough and not on an ebb tide. Four major types of Landing Ship Tank were built during World War II.

Maracibo Class (UK)
In 1941 the Royal Navy requisitioned the tankers Bachaquero, Miso and Tasajera and converted them into the world's first LSTs - but they possessed too many inherent disadvantages to be a prototype for the future.
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Boxer Class (UK)
Three ships purposefully designed as LSTs in 1941 were not completed until 1943 due to enemy action revising building priorities. Conceived with raiding operations very much in mind and having a speed of 17 knots, they were the fastest LSTs during WWII.

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US Navy LST Type 2 (USA)
Exclusively built in United States shipyards from a British prototype (Type I) they were by far the most common with 1152 ships built (LST-1 to 1152). Grouped into three classes (LST-1 Class, LST-491 Class  and LST-542 Class) earlier models had elevators to move vehicles from the main deck to the tank deck below in order to access the bow ramp. But that was slow and later ships had the ramp extended to reach the upper deck. Also landing craft davits were increased from two to six and a Conning Station was added over pilot house to see over the main deck. Other improvements were reinforcement of the main deck to permit transportation of LCTs; bow door machinery  changed from screw gear to hydraulic; and stowage and accommodations modified.

Of the 1052 Type II vessels to be produced during WWII, 117 were transferred to either the Royal Navy of England or the Royal Hellenic Navy of Greece under the terms of the Lend Lease Act. Still other LSTs were assigned to be crewed by the United States Coast Guard.

At a top speed of 8 knots, these LSTs were affectionately called "Large Slow Target" and 40 were lost during the war. When WWII ended, most of the LSTs of this type were scrapped, modified or given to the navies of other countries. A few remained in service and saw action in Korea, Vietnam and even the Cuban Blockade. While a  few still remain in service today, there is only one in the USA which is LST-325 and will become a museum. On July 1st, 1955 all LSTs remaining in the US Navy's inventory were named for counties in the United States.
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British copy of US Navy Type 2 LST (UK)
Different opinions between the US Navy and the Royal Navy over allocations of the American built LSTs caused the Royal Navy embark on its own shipbuilding program. Similar in design but using riveted rather than welded construction, the British copy (known as Type 3) was heavier and had a smaller cargo capacity - but 2 knots faster on account of steam propulsion machinery. England ordered 45 and Canada 74, many of which were canceled at war's end.
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Post-WWII LSTs

Terrebonne Parish Class (USA)

The second phase of American LST construction was the Terrebonne Parish Class with 15 ships built (hulls numbers 1156 - 1170). By using four diesel engines rather than the two mounted in the World War II class, speed was increased to about 15 knots - or about 50% higher than the previous class.
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DeSoto County Class (USA)
The third major group of American built LSTs was the DeSoto County Class which had a higher degree of habitability for the crew and embarked troops. Considered the ultimate design in LSTs designed with traditional bow doors, they had a top speed of 17.5 knots. Seven ships were built (hull numbers1171 - 1177).
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Newport Class (USA)
The Newport Class - first deployed in 1969 - was a radical departure from previous LST designs and bore little resemblance to their WWII predecessors. Designed with a "V" type bow to attain speeds of 20 knots, the doors were moved high above the waterline and the ships off-loaded vehicles from their main deck via a 112 foot-long ramp over the bow. The ramp was stored behind the bow doors when underway and deployed by using derricks protruding from the bow of the ship. Additionally a stern  gate allowed amphibious vehicles to off-load directly into the water.

The superstructure was moved amidships and reconfigured the same width as the ship's beam with a tunnel through it to permit forward or aft access on the main deck. A helicopter landing pad was incorporated into the stern of the ship.

Armament consisted of one 20mm Phalanx mount and two 25mm Mk38 machine guns. The crew complement was 357. Twenty ships were built (hull numbers1179 - 1198).
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