US LVT (A)2 Iwo Jima

US LVT (A)2 Iwo Jima
SKU: 6870162
Manufacturer: Artitec
Availability: In stock
Product Info
Armored version of the LVT-2 following US Army request of an armored variant of the LVT-2 cargo Amtrac. Service in the South Pacific soon indicated more protection was needed. This version had the driver's cab protected by 12.5 mm of armor plate, and the rest of the hull with 65mm armor plate. By 1944, shields were added to protect the front gunners. Surprisingly the extra weight (27,000-lb total weight compared to the 24,250-lbs weight of the unarmored LVT-2) had no impact on performance and only increased the craft drawing some 5 cm more water when afloat. Capacity 18 troops. 450 units produced.